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Rocky Mountain Heights

13 Oct

DARQ: Catherine’s still asleep so I’m jotting this entry all by myself, that is, if I don’t lose the Internet connection.

Anyway, it’s been an interesting week.  The flat land of Kansas gave way to the flat land of Colorado and then, Whoosh! Denver and the wall of towering, bare peaks that Catherine called the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.  Awesome sight.  But, excuse my laughter, Catherine made the KOA campground reservation for west of Denver, in Central City–and didn’t know until we got to the very top of the mountain where the campground was that we were 9,000 ft. up!!  The air was thinner but, wow, the sky so blue, the sunsets gorgeous.  Here’s one of Catherine’s snapshots of the adjacent mountain tops the evening we arrived:

Mountaintop sunset, Colorado Rockies, @2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Mountaintop sunset, Colorado Rockies, @2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Catherine said it’s not the best of photos, but, yoi!, I like it!  Okay, so the best sky photo she took from the mountain top is this one taken at 7 a.m.

Nor a Rorschach inkblot but an actual cloud, Colorado, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Is this a Rorschach inkblot? No, it’s an actual cloud! Colorado, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

The moon is that tiny dot up in the right corner.  But it’s the cloud’s shape that’s fantastic–Catherine called it a dragon.  I called it a bat.  John thought a rabbit was riding the bat.  What do you see?

Now,  I’ve flown my Pytak starfighter at high-speed vertical descents, but going slowly, crawling downhill off this mountain and down the Rockies with sharp-turn-back curves on 9% grades for miles on end? Even I was terrorized by the descent!

Looking down on the road that led to the 9,000 ft. mountaintop where we camped, Colorado, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Looking down on the road that led to the 9,000 ft. mountaintop where we camped. (Purple Ironweed in foreground), Colorado, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

  And then it was downhill on an the interstate . . .Taken from inside the truck's cab: Cantilevered, 2 deck Interstate, Colorado river (L), miles and miles of winding roads going downhill toward Utah.

Taken from inside the truck’s cab: Cantilevered, 2 deck Interstate, Colorado river (L), miles and miles of winding roads going downhill toward Utah.

with views like this:

Near Vail CO, for scale, look at the tiny vehicle and gas-well tank at lower right. @ 2013 www.CatheirneEmclean.com

 There was also one interesting rest stop en route to Moab.  It had a pond.  People were fishing in the pond, but Catherine and John wouldn’t let me fish. Okay, so I didn’t have any fishing gear with me and I did have to stay invisible . . . (sigh) . . . and we had miles to yet.Interstate rest stop en route to Moab, UT @2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

However, Catherine had the camera out and was happily snapping photos and didn’t realize until she saw this picture on her laptop that the mountain and clouds mirrored in the water.  Her subject, of course, was the dried grass against the water/cloud background.  I rather like this photo.  Do you?Reflections, Colorado, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Reflections, Colorado, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

We finally reached Moab  where we visited the Arches National Park, the LaSal Mountains, and the Coral Sands.  Earth sure has some interesting geological sites. Catherine took well over 400 photos of rocks, rock formations, and what she called her “geometrics”–which she used for greeting cards to the men on her birthday card lists.  Here’s a sampling:

View from camper doorway, Moab UT @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

View from camper doorway, Moab UT @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Red rocks of Moab UT area, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Red rocks of Moab UT area, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Arches Nat'l Park, Utah, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Arches Nat’l Park, Utah, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Verigated small stones en masse, Utah, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Verigated small stones en masse, Utah, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Wilson's Arch, Moab UT, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Wilson’s Arch, Moab UT, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

We left Moab and headed for Las Vegas, where it was as hot as the deserts of my homeland–and the terrain changed to desert, reminding me of my homeland-planet.  But you read JEWELS OF THE SKY, and know that, right?  :))  Oh, by the way, Catherine had to snap this photo at 60 mph because her husband wouldn’t slow down nor stop. It was just too hot and we did want to get to Vegas before sundown.

Terrain north of Las Vegas, NV, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Terrain north of Las Vegas, NV, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Next Sunday, I’ll be reporting from Vegas. But before I turn off this laptop, I’ll leave you with one of Catherine’s flower-photos. A thistle that was growing at 9,000 ft. and is 2″ across, with a bumble bee that she didn’t see until she put the photo onto this laptop to view.  Talk to you next weekend.

Thistle growing at 9,000 ft., with bumblebee, Colorado Rockies, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Thistle growing at 9,000 ft., with bumblebee, Colorado Rockies, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

 TO BE CONTINUED . . .To be notified of the update, follow this blog or join me at Twitter by clicking here.

@2013 by Catherine E. McLean

All photos by Catherine E. McLean * http://www.CatherineEmclean.com   All Rights reserved

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3 Comments

Posted by on October 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “Rocky Mountain Heights

  1. Marc Sewart

    October 15, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    I loved your vacation photos. You know how to take great pictures!

     
  2. Catherine McLean

    October 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Thanks! Still more photos to come next Sunday.

     

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