Ohhh how time flies...
January... enjoying the wonders of the desert around Tucson:
Hmmm... kinda chilly when I arrived back home in Colorado...
Back to southern Arizona... a whimsical cactus character:
Another crazy cactus hairdo...
dead wood... or is it a sleeping critter...
Delicate little wildflowers in the increasing March heat of the Arizona desert:
Meandering in the Chiricahua Mountains of southwestern Arizona:
The native american Chiricahua Apaches often hid in these rock formations and were able to easily shoot the annoying soldiers who were chasing them:
Yes... this is a real road sign! Not very helpful as a road sign, but certainly a good reminder about life in general:
Enjoyed a couple of days at the Nature Conservancy's Muleshoe Ranch, near Wilcox, Arizona. The ranch was originally called "Hooker Hot Springs"... named for the owner, not the profession.
Thanks to abundant winter rains, the hills at the Muleshoe Ranch were alive with magnificent wildflowers... such diversity!
Me, at Muleshoe Ranch:
Then off to Las Cruces, New Mexico for a couple of days. My college roommate Bob and his wife Lynda bought a house there. Cactus and wildflowers in bloom.
Then headed back home to Colorado where the snow is melting and the first of this year's wildflowers are popping up:
April view out my kitchen window... still a bit chilly, but thankfully getting warmer every day.
Deer duo, still wearing their shaggy winter coats:
Still too much snow to go up into the higher terrain, but the May wildflowers in the Colorado foothills around Boulder and Lyons are delightful.
I've really developed quite an interest in the different varieties of wildflowers, not so much about their names or characteristics, but more about the amazing diversity which the Creator has chosen to express... each different flower a unique manifestation of a specific creative impulse which then merges and melds and morphs over time. So amazing!
And if even the simple flowers of the field are given such grace and beauty, how much more grace and beauty has the Creator placed in the heart of every person?
A cute little fox... it seems we have mutual curiosity about each other...
After 220,000 miles (360,000 km), it was finally time to replace the lower ball joints in my trusty Nissan Pathfinder... so I spent a couple of days doing car repair, replacing the ball joints and repacking the wheel bearings:
Then, off on a road trip... Joshua trees near Kernville, California:
Me, in front of a rather large Sequoia tree, in Sequoia National Park::
Scenery in Sequoia National park, looking east into the Sierras:
The majestic Yosemite Valley:
Me, in front of tufa formations at Mono Lake, California with the snow covered high Sierras in the background:
Then up into Oregon, and very chilly Crater Lake... what a magnificent sight... a volcanic crater filled with water:
Then into the rainy, mossy area around McKenzie Falls, Oregon... spectacular greenery everywhere:
Next, back home to Colorado, and a hike to Lily Lake, near Silverthorne:
Then, on up the road to Cataract Lake:
Met this coyote along the trail, apparently heading home with dinner:
Magnificent flowers... Scarlet Gilia, Fairy Trumpets:
And lots of Blue Columbines:
Just staying in Colorado this month... so much to explore here at home when the weather permits.
Encountered this moose and her young calf in the rocky Mountain national park, near the Green Mountain trail:
Fields of wildflowers encountered whilst hiking to Lake Isabelle:
These tiny Elephant Head flowers are so amazing:
Picturesque Lake Isabelle, nearly 11,000 ft elevation (3300m) in the Colorado Rockies:
A few more of the magnificent July wildflowers in the high mountains:
Encountered this delightful butterfly moth on a hike to Buttonrock Reservoir near Lyons, Colorado:
On a hike in the mountains, looking across Diamond Lake, near Nederland Colorado, at about 11,000 ft elevation:
Fall colors near Aspen, Colorado:
Magnificent red rocks near Moab, Utah:
More red rock country around Sedona, Arizona:
Everywhere one looks... more wonders!
Fall colors near McClure Pass, south of Redstone, Colorado:
More fall colors, on Wolf Creek Pass, heading toward Pagosa Springs, Colorado:
Oh such wonders!
An arch... view from the outside:
And a view from the inside:
A dinosaur head?
Hiking up Bear Mountain, getting quite a view of the red rocks below:
Coming back down from Bear Mountain:
View across the valley:
Sunset over the Arizona desert:
Little frogs all over the place in Esperero Canyon:
Picture Rock, northwest of Tucson, Arizona:
Scenery along Picture Rock hiking trail:
Out for a stroll, east of Tucson, Arizona:
.... more adventures to come in 2011... (God willing)....