Saturday, March 29, 2008

Springtime in the Rockies

Ah! Springtime in the Rockies!

The sun is shining, the crocuses are blooming, the daffodils and tulips are pushing their heads up to see the sun and will soon been in bloom themselves. The temperatures are pleasant. In short, it is a lovely day for a walk in the park with the dog, or a drive in the foothills.

Saga and I have tossed the camera gear into the car and headed into the foothills. (Well, to tell the truth, Saga had very little to do with getting the camera gear into the car… She offered more of a hindrance than a help! But she meant well, I'm sure!)

Our first stop was at Red Rocks Park (just outside Morrison). It was beautiful! There was a wedding either just about to start or just finishing at the chapel – there was a photo shoot with the groomsmen and the bridesmaids going on as we drove in.

Ever since I have moved here, Red Rocks has been one of my favorite places. It has these lovely jutting slabs Fountain Formation sandstone thrust up by the Laramide Orogeny that form the walls of a natural amphitheatre that overlooks the Denver Skyline to the east. (The Laramide Orogeny was the uplift that formed the ancestral Rockies; The mountains you see here to day were mostly raised in a later mountain-building event. – I've been reading books on Geology since I moved here and find it fascinating!)

Saga was not being too cooperative because she was not the only dog in the park, and so she spent half her time trying to get away from daddy and the other time trying to figure out why daddy was letting her defend the car from the other dogs in the park for him while he went off with his cameras.

Ah! It was a lovely day but I have guests coming over tonight so I really need to get to preparing the house for company!

Wherever you are today, I hope your weather is lovely!

Don Bergquist – March 29, 2008 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA

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