How can it be the end of January already?
Do you think time passes more quickly as you age?
|Red Mountain rises 13,227' (4,031 M) into the sky - I greet it each morning|
I can see dawn from my kitchen window now.
The forest that obscured this view in the past is gone.
|Bald Mountain 13,690' (4,173 M) previously hid behind the forest|
The cut is nearly complete.
Aspen, spruce, fir, and baby pine still dot the landscape.
However, the lodge pole pines - ancient trees over 125 years old - are gone.
Vast open meadows have taken the place of dense forests.
Wildfires which pose a dangerous threat have less fuel to spread.
Cutting the old pines provides the forest a chance to regenerate.
I snowshoe through the new landscape.
Silence follows my linked footsteps.
High peaks look down on me.
Young trees wave hello.
The snowshoe hare also leaves tracks.
I believe it's faster than I am on its snowshoes.
|Peak 9, Breckenridge Ski Resort|
This season we celebrate half a century of downhill skiing.
I still feel like a girl when I float down the slopes on my skis.
However, each season, I wonder if maybe it will be our last.
It's a dangerous sport, and we are no longer young.
But, we'll enjoy it this winter while we still can.
|Moon hanging above Peak 10|
The logging has exposed so many views.
It's fun to explore new territory.
I'm surrounded by Nature's beauty which is my good thing today.
I hope you're able to enjoy natural landscapes, too.