In the Yard

It’s been raining for a few days now, although, it seems the sun has come up today.  The forecast for the week should be more rain and maybe even sleet on Mother’s Day.  I actually love the rain and gray clouds.  It might feel gloomy and depressing but it makes the earth so rich and vibrant with colors.

I’ve been meaning to take photos of the plants in the yard but kept forgetting until this morning.  I’m really glad I got some nice shots.  I’m always in awe of how drew droplets randomly sit on the leaves and flowers in such a way that it takes my breath away.  I feel blessed to experience this small part of nature.  It’s something so unimportant, yet, it gives me happiness.

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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.