138: The Colorado River

(Snow on the roof.)

Another gray, snowy day here in the Bogs.  I didn’t wander far when I went out.  I fed the birds.  Watched our two red-tailed hawks as they watched the birds at the feeders.  The hawks have been swooping down, attempting to feast on a bird or two, birds we have lured in with food.  As far as I can tell, the hawks have not yet been successful in their attempts.

I took a few photos but don’t want to post them.  I’m not in the mood to look at snow and gray skies.

(Colorado River.  Rocky Mountain National Park.  Colorado.)

Instead, I’ve been sorting through the Colorado pics from last August.  I would like to get prints made of some of them.  It’s just a matter of picking out a few and that means going through them, one by one.  Since I mentioned the Colorado River in Friday’s placeholder post, without showing it to you, I thought it only fair that you get a chance to look at it in photos and not just in the imagination.

(Cloud and grass reflections on the Colorado.)

A river seems a magic thing.  A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself — for it is from the soil, both from its depth and from it surface, that a river has its beginning.

~ Laura Gilpin

(Fly fishing in the Colorado.)

By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved slowly.  For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, ‘There is no hurry.  We shall get there some day.’

~ Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

The Colorado River is 1,450 miles long and originates at La Poudre Pass Lake on the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park.

(At the Continental Divide.  RMNP.  Colorado.)

(Poudre  Lake.)

The photos of the river, above and below, were taken in Kawuneeche Valley, about 10 miles from the river’s source.

(Winding.)

(Bending.)

The weather here in the Bogs is going to be about the same tomorrow, only colder.  By Wednesday we might see some sunshine and I’ll be ready/willing to post photos from my daily outdoor excursions.  In the meantime, isn’t it nice to see so much color?

Today’s CD:  The Black Keys,The Big Come Up.

The Black Keys are a couple of local guys, from Akron, Ohio, who play some bluesy, raw, garage-band rock.  I’m hoping to see them in concert someday (they are always sold out around here before we can get tickets).  I don’t have their newest album yet, but you can hear some of the songs from it here.  (“Howlin’ For You” is one of my faves.)


17 Comments on “138: The Colorado River”

  1. Karma says:

    Thank you again for giving us something other than snow to look at!
    I recently completed the daunting task of choosing vacation photos for prints. I’m sadly disappointed with the quality of the prints, however. I used the same local drug store I’ve always used in the past, but now I suppose I’ll look elsewhere.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Karma. Some days I just can’t bear to look at another snow picture. I’m sure I’ll welcome them again in August when I need to cool off. 🙂

      Although I’m a big fan of shopping locally, I don’t do so for prints of my photos. I’ve been ordering them from Mpix.com. I heart Mpix. They really do a great job.

  2. Anna says:

    I don’t about your neck of the woods, but we’re expecting snow tomorrow. Your photos are a delight, so pretty and full of color. I especially like the 2nd photo and the last two photos. Of course, I love Colorado! Amazing watching the red-tailed hawks, isn’t it? I love watching them but haven’t yet been lucky enough to properly photograph the hawk.

  3. Robin says:

    Anna: We’re expecting more snow tomorrow, too. The Great White Winter has a firm grasp on us for now.

    I’ve been unable to get decent photos of the hawks. They perch so far away.

  4. sherri says:

    I visited this area one time…when I was 10 years old:-) It’s a beautiful state.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Wow – those summer shots are a delight! What a wonderful place. I want to jump right on into that river!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, LadyFi.

      You should be warned that even in summer, that river is cold. It does feel good on a hot day or after a long hike, though. 🙂

  6. Kel says:

    your photo of Poudre Lake is spectacular

  7. penpusherpen says:

    I just love seeing all your photo’s, snow, windy. rain or shine, It’s like ‘seeing’ your part of the world thro’ your eyes and with your appreciation for Mother Natures whims.
    Rivers, almost like Natures veins, reminds me of this poem by Charles Kinsley…

    Clear and cool, clear and cool,
    By laughing shallow, and dreaming pool;
    Cool and clear, cool and clear,
    By shining shingle, and foaming weir;
    Under the crag where the ouzel sings,
    And the ivied wall where the church-bell rings,
    Undefiled, for the undefiled;
    Play by me, bathe in me, mother and child.

    I won’t copy and paste it all, but I’ll leave the link…
    http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/19257/
    bye for now. Penx

  8. Oh shoot! This year’s summer vacation was between Maine and RMNP (we loved it there last March, but some roads were closed because of the snow). We decided on Maine, but after seeing these, I really want to go back to Colorado. The’re always next year, right?

    • Robin says:

      I want to go to Maine, Michaela. I’ve never been there.

      If you do decide to go back RMNP, I highly recommend going in August. We’ve gone two years in a row (our oldest son and his lovely wife live near Boulder) and both times were during the first two weeks in August. The weather was, for the most part, perfect.

      • I’ve never been in Maine, either. And most other place that we will see along the way.
        Thanks for the tip, we’ll keep August in mind for next year. How lucky you are, to have family living there, it’s always a good excuse to go! 🙂

  9. Meredith says:

    That was such a good hike! It was nice to not see something that made me feel cold 🙂 If we ever get a house one day, I’m almost certainly going to ask for prints of those – they really capture the Colorado river perfectly!

    • Robin says:

      You’ll get a house one day, Meredith. I’m sure of it. 🙂

      Maybe you better pick out which photos (and size) you want now as I’m always afraid I’m going to lose them (even with back-up). I can hold them for you.


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