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A day in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

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We spent June 5th last year in parts of the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver. There was still snow on the mountains and in some places on the ground close to roads.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 5, 2018 at 4:44 AM

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  1. Seeing that snow leaves me cold 😀
    But seriously, the first photo looks like a painting. My family loves Colorado.


    June 5, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    • There was frost here in Halifax yesterday morning. The temperature didn’t get above 46° and the wind kept blowing all day.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2018 at 1:17 PM

      • Brrr! That’s a change from what you’re used to. It’s chilly here as well and I’m thankful for it. Later thunderstorms are predicted. Hope we get them. I love thunderstorms.


        June 6, 2018 at 8:26 AM

        • Unfortunately thunderstorms are not the greatest thing for traveling.

          We had a heat wave here this afternoon when the temperature briefly rose to 54°.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 6, 2018 at 8:16 PM

          • You’ve got to watch out for those dreaded heat waves. My gosh, 54 degrees! Stay hydrated!


            June 7, 2018 at 7:48 AM

            • I think it was about 60° along the Bay of Fundy this afternoon but the wind made it seem a lot cooler.

              Steve Schwartzman

              June 7, 2018 at 8:40 PM

              • oh yes, wind can suck the warmth and the moisture right out of you. Bay of Fundy has such a beguiling name, to me. Is it beautiful?


                June 8, 2018 at 9:05 AM

                • I didn’t find the bay itself especially beautiful, and its water was brown in places. That said, I found plenty to photograph along its shores. The Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the world.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  June 9, 2018 at 5:11 AM

                • Oh yes, I remember now.


                  June 9, 2018 at 10:19 AM

  2. It’s hard to beat the Rocky Mountains! The Colorado Rockies are spectacular!


    June 5, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    • It is hard to beat the Rocky Mountains. I thought the American Rockies are really good, and then last year, as you saw, we went to the Canadian Rockies, which were even better.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2018 at 1:13 PM

  3. The contrast in colors between the photos is as pleasing as the differing textures. I confess to being puzzled by the second photo. At first, I thought the trees were surrounding rock. Then, I looked at what seemed to be veining, and thought the hummocks were covered with roots. Now, I’ve decided that winding, serpentine shape is a snowbank that’s been formed by wind and the melt/freeze cycle. There could be other options I can’t even imagine, but it’s a great image.

    I must say, the snow looks good. Presently it’s 96F here, with a heat index of 106F. There’s a line to use the birdbath.


    June 5, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    • I’ve heard complaints about the heat from other people back in Texas, too. It’s still in the 40s up here in Nova Scotia, but the weather forecast is promising a warmup of 10 degrees tomorrow.

      The second picture shows the remains of a snowbank that has gotten partly covered by sand. How the sand got on top of the snow, I don’t know. Wind is one possibility.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2018 at 6:42 PM

  4. Hi Steve! If you’re interested we’re having some cold days here in New Zealand right now and I’ve been posting some photos that we took on Sat 02 June in Central Otago. Easily accessed from my blog home https://exploringcolour.wordpress.com/


    June 5, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    • Our experiences at this time of year match up, mine at the end of a cold season and yours at the beginning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2018 at 6:47 PM

      • Oh, it is lovely though to be at the end of the cold season and to have so much to look forward to over spring, summer and autumn!


        June 5, 2018 at 6:53 PM

  5. I think this year most of Colorado would be happy with some residual snow on the ground in June. We had a very dry winter. Not good!


    June 5, 2018 at 9:28 PM

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