More Maroon Bells Photos – The Hike

This is the direct opposite view of the Maroon Bells.  It was probably around 7:45 am when we started hiking.  Some bushes and leaves were thinly frosted.  The areas that received the sun’s ray first had dew droplets on them.  It was very magical and peaceful.

Fly fisherman and paparazzis!  Kidding.

These Aspen trees stood gracefully tall and proud.

This was a lake but it was completely dried up.

That lake was so clear you could see everything in it.

Kida’s picking cotton (she wanted to make a dress with it) and Kylie, she just didn’t want to turn around for a pose but did anyway frowning all the way.

Some serious photographers here.

This was the view they were facing.

Kylie started picking cotton too.

Kida couldn’t pick enough for a dress so she started collecting Aspen leaves.

When we came down from our 20 minute hike (I got scared of lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!) the photographers were still there and there were even more than before.  It’s hard to see in the photos but they were all lined along the lake.

Hope you enjoyed all the photos!

Early Morning Capture of Maroon Bells

[Sunrise on Maroon Bells]

Last summer, the family went on a weekend vacation to see the Maroon Bells in Aspen with a friend and her family.  I posted a video of that trip, here.  It was so breathtaking that my family went back last weekend to see the changing colors.  It was more beautiful this time with all the colors.

We drove Saturday morning and stayed at a motel in Glennwood Springs.  The girls got to swim in the mineral pool nearby.  It was Kida’s second time and Kylie’s first in the pool.  Around 6:30 am the next morning, we drove to Maroon Bells.  When we arrived at Maroon Bells, the sun was just beginning to rise.  We had to park in the overflow parking because there were just so many cars.  It was also extremely chilly.  Kida and Kylie didn’t pack warm clothes (they didn’t realize it would be so cold) so we went out for about 15 minutes to take the sunrise photos and then stayed in the car for awhile until it got warmer.

By the lake, there were a lot photographers lined up ready to capture the sun-lit tops.  When it happened, it was just awe.

We hiked up the mountain and took more photos.  I’ll be posting those tomorrow.



Autumn is here and it is beginning to look nostalgically beautiful all around with the yellows, oranges, and reds in the trees and bushes.  Pumpkin muffins and apple crisps are on my mind. 🙂

Here is a totally awesome song (music) with a bittersweetness to it.  I have this on repeat when I need inspiration: “Composure” by Bernhard Fleishmann.

Surprise Bloom

During lunch yesterday, I glanced over to the edge of the dinning table where this orchid was and was taken by surprise at seeing this bright magenta bloom.  It had taken forever for it to bloom.  I believe it was late spring when it grew a new stem but due to over watering some days and dry spells on other days, I didn’t think it would make it, so it’s a wonderful surprise.

Trading Guitar For Violin

Kida is trading her guitar lessons for violin lessons.  She picked up her violin yesterday and was the happiest angel on earth.  She’ll be taking classes through her school.

Here is a violin piece that sends chills every time I listen to it.  Definitely worth listening to.

If you like the violin photo above, you can buy it at my etsy shop. 🙂

Memory Lane: Call It Love

I was looking through a memory book I made in 89′-90′ and came upon a divider page in which I wrote song titles on.  There were a couple of songs that I didn’t remember.  One being “Call It Love” by Poco (above video).  I actually still really like that song.

And, remember Georgio’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Alone”?  I had no idea what that song even sounded like so I youtubed and voila, it all came back!

Backyard Finally Done!

Our backyard is finally done.  To see the before photos with similar views of the images above, go here.

Here are more before and after:

The grass does look a little funny with the two colors but it’s because they were from two different harvest. One was harvested before the other.  They are the same grass so eventually the yellowish green parts will turn green with all the watering that husband’s been doing (well, that is what we hope).

Husband just has a bit of walkway to finish + a bit of river rock up the side of the house and that’s about it for the hard labor.  We will be creating a small area for herbs and a vegetable garden.  I’m not sure if I can really grow a veggie garden but I will give it a try next spring.  We also have a couple of trees to put up and some Xeriscape plants and bushes.  I also really want some raspberry bushes on the side of our house.