LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Still Waiting for Spring in Breckenridge - Skywatch

Imperial Peak, Breckenridge, CO

In Breckenridge, CO,
winter continues its dance with spring.
Yesterday, walking a four mile loop,
the sting of ice pellets on my face,
frigid wind seeping down my coat collar,
I watched storm clouds roll over the peaks.
Today, more wind, snow falling, meager sunshine.
We light a fire and read.

the view in my neighborhood

So much snow still on the ground.
I wonder if bears are roaming?
They awake from a long sleep
to find drifts still blocking the forest.
When outdoors, I remain alert.
I'm sure they feel grumpy with hunger.


I think of the seeds I threw on bare dirt late in the fall -
still slumbering under a white quilt, 
waiting - as am I
for true and lasting spring.


53 comments:

  1. Wow! Winter still ~ beautiful shots though for SWF ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Terrific captures, but it does look COLD!! I've been hearing about the snow in Colorado for a couple of days now -- guess their weatherman hasn't gotten the word!! IT IS SPRING!! Hope you have a great weekend!! Stay warm!!

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  3. Reading by the fire and soaking up those views sounds wonderful Barb.
    Watch those bears! and wishing springtime your way.

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  4. They say that Patience is a virtue, Barb, but yours must be wearing pretty thin as you wait for fickle spring. I see snow clad mountains in the far distance but we are on summer's doorstep here in the valley. Wish I could waft it up to you!

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  5. Barb, what a lovely scene.. I saw on the news this snow..I would think the wildlife is confused with the weather. But, maybe they are used to it over the years.. Your photos are beautiful. Have a happy weekend!

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  6. Are you kidding me Barb!? Is this a post you did in February? Don't be getting in the way of any hungry bears.

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  7. Such a beautiful part of the world - though I am sure you would love to see all the spring flowers. Ours are growing rapidly. Suddenly it is really spring.

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  8. It is still very lovely. Our summer is just sticking its head under the tent. One hot day and more to come, but the next 5 or 6 days are going to be great for me. Wish you were here and do watch out for those bears!!

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  9. Such an amazing view, but I bet you're ready for spring. That last snow has mostly melted in my neighborhood, and completely once you're off the Palmer Divide.

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  10. Nice winter scenes. Are they still skiing on the slopes? I'm sure you are ready for some spring!

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    1. Hi Linda, Breckenridge Ski area closed the end of April. Arapahoe Basin is the only area in Summit County still open. Most must abide by Forest Service contracts and most close in April even if there is plenty of snow.

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  11. Gosh, I can't believe you are still waiting for spring! It's so beautiful, though. But I know you are past ready for some warmth. Hope it comes soon. :)

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  12. I don't think spring is coming this year. We're going straight from winter, directly into summer. It's going to be in the upper 30's tonight in Arkansas and that's about 20 degrees cooler than normal. Next week will find us in the upper 80's. Hello Summer.

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  13. Lovely shots - but brrr! Although I do like sun and snow and the warmth of a spring snow.

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  14. Just amazing! Particularly when we have broken heat records around the Bay Area for three. Days running. Oh, for just a little it of your snow. :-)

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  15. I love to look at your winter wonderland, from the warmth of AZ. Also glad to see all that snow pack. Spring will come eventually.

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  16. Spring will be so much the lovelier for the long wait!

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  17. Down here, 8 p.m. 4 Celsius outside, clear sky, Jack F is on his way, I thought you might have said goodbye to the whiteness by now, lovely words, Cheers, Jean.

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  18. I definitely wouldn't want to come upon a hungry, grumpy bear in the drifting snowbanks!!

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  19. I will have to look harder to see signs of spring! It has finally arrived here in VT though--long tome coming this year.

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  20. I am of the opinion that a "true and lasting spring" is not going to happen. Yesterday in Oklahoma I almost froze to death mowing the lawn. Crazy, crazy!

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  21. Your photos are beautiful, but hopefully you will be showing us some spring wild flowers before long. The Mother's Day snow down here has pretty much melted but still waiting for some spring temps.

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  22. The photos are beautiful Barb but how you must be longing for spring.
    It's a beautiful morning here.
    xo

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  23. We're still waiting here, too -- although we don't have snow. It's just unseasonably cold and it feels as though the monsoons have visited. It'll happen. I keep telling myself -- it'll happen.

    Meanwhile, I guess that means you can make a few more tracks with those skis...

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  24. Dear Barb,
    It is surprising! Still winter! The white and soft clouds are beautiful.Surely spring will come soon in Breckenridge. I hope bears will hibernate a little longer, at least until your all snow melt.My family is doing well.
    Have a happy weekend.

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  25. That is one great view.. Makes me want to sit in front of a roaring fire

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  26. Amazing that you're still surrounded by winter! Our spring blooms have faded and we're already mowing the lawn!

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  27. Beautiful shots but I bet you will be ready when spring finally arrives.

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  28. At least you have the pretty--- we just have the cold--if briefly. Lots of burned leaves on my new growth. I wonder how confused the bears are also.

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  29. OMG, you still have winter? Beautiful nature but you do need spring right now.

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  30. So glad we haven't had snow along with our cold spring -- great pics. My skies

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  31. Hi Barb,
    I scrolled back and caught up. Looks like you had a happy birthday. You and Mary both look great by the way.
    We will arrive our summer home in Colorado on June 1st and I understand that they are also still having winter weather in the San Juan's. It will be a welcome relief as we have already reached the 90's here in Texas.
    I will had to have a look at your book reviews for some summer reading. I just finished The Orphan Train and loved it...Janey

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  32. Spring has been a long time coming Barb. But it sounds like you are waiting for it in the perfect way... the fireplace and the good books. And taking some beautiful pictures when you bravely venture out !

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  33. Hungry bears would be a bit scary. It seems a long time to be waiting for spring. We are still waiting for cold weather but I am happy that it is still warm.

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  34. I am surprised there is still so much snow.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  35. Wow, I love these photos! It may sound strange, but I would gladly swap weather conditions with you. It's been so hot and dry in S CA... the snow and cold temps look wonderful!

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  36. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I do hope Spring finds you. We had some snow around these parts the other day...up in Cleveland area. It's been a crazy weather time all over the US...hope you have a great weekend. I love your photos. Truly beautiful..but I'll look forward to some beautiful green shots too!

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  37. Oh spring is coming Barb, just taking its good ole time for you folks at high altitude. You have these magnificent views to inspire you.

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  38. Beautiful photos.. We got dumped on as well here in Estes Park. So much snow it was crazy. I have to say I was loving every minute of it. But it is all gone now. In fact it suppose to get up to 70 today..

    Hugs~

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  39. Spring will come soon. I get frozen by seeing the photo!

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  40. Dear Barb - “Winter continues its dance with spring” in your mountains and spring continues its dance with early summer in my place. You live much more in tune with nature both for its benevolence and violence including wild animals. Please keep alert to bears. Today I’m sweaty after working in the garden and these photos made me feel cooler. Wish you a true spring sooner.

    Yoko

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  41. Love that second shot Barb, those towering trees reaching up to the sky... what a beautiful neighborhood you have. Wishing you warming temps and the full bloom of Spring :)

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  42. Wow, things are still looking wintry over there. We had a cold snap last week, but no snow and it didn't last long. The pasture grass is 10 inches tall already. I guess being on the ski slopes and close to all those beautiful mountain trails is your reward for waiting awhile longer for spring to dance its way in.

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  43. Hi Barb ! I think of you every time I look toward my western shelter belt ... I really should start blogging again. My deceased sister Wendy's daughter and her husband had a beautiful baby boy, Jax, 4 months ago. He is the love of our lives. All is well and I wish the same for you. Thanks for always being here when I come knocking. Love your words and photos. That header photo is amazing !!! xoxo.

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  44. Lovely shots - but I'm sure nature and people alike are longing for spring!

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  45. It's so hard to believe your weather when here it's over 90 deg. Beautiful photo's!

    Thank you for visiting my blog; I appreciate your comments. Those children are
    actually my "greats". I have two grandchildren; my granddaughter is 27 but we
    lost my grandson at 17 in 2008 in motor cross. It's been very hard.

    Hunter's horse was abused, and her paternal grandmother bought Zipper
    in Georgia. He's come a long ways. But, she's not quite ready to let
    Hunt ride in parades and such so she has a friend who lets her ride
    her horse.

    I know you must be proud of your granddaughter too!

    I see you're moving, and hope it goes well for you.

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  46. I hope spring arrive sin Breckenridge, soon, Barb! Best wishes on your house sale in Denver.

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  47. Spring will surely come, meanwhile, enjoy the beauty around you and keep reading.
    My brother-in-law just moved to Denver this year, a pity they already have bought a house.

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