Archive for October 2015

A quiet retreat

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This photo was taken of the Cache la Poudre River near the Bighorn cabins where we stayed. Photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson

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The cabin we stayed in beside the river. Photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson

 

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I took this photo from the top of the Elkhorn Creek trail we hiked. The Mummy Range can be seen from where we stood at about 8,000 – 9,000 ft. elevation. Photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson

The beginning point of the Elkhorn Creeks trail where we started our climb up the mountain.

The beginning point of the Elkhorn Creek trail where we started our climb up the mountain. Photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's me while on the Elkhorn Creek trail. My husband took this photo.

That’s me while on the Elkhorn Creek trail. My husband took this photo.

For two days one recent weekend we enjoyed fresh air, rest and solitude in the mountains of northwestern Colorado, fifty miles from where we live in the city (Loveland). We booked a wonderful, quiet little cabin at the Bighorn Cabins in Bellvue. It is close to a little village like community town called Rustic, along the winding, climbing county highway 14, at an altitude of 7-10,000 ft.

We had two days to explore and hike on the trails nearby and the weather was perfect with the warm sunshine to our backs, and the cooler autumn breezes blowing through the canyon and down along the Cache la Poudre River towards late afternoon and evening. The trees had already peaked in their autumn colors, and the golden Aspens were beginning to dry up with leaves falling, piling up along the road, river or trail paths.

Northwestern Colorado is a favorite vacation spot even during the autumn months after the summer tourism season ends because of the autumn colors seen in the changing trees. There are hunters who come up to hunt elk, deer or moose, and the fishermen trying their luck at catching that one good trout or bass before the cold season sets in for the winter. And of course, one cannot forget the bears who roam about getting their fill during the fall feeding frenzy before hibernation. Although we did not spot a bear while on our hikes we kept our eyes open and alert to any wildlife that shared the open space with us. The deer and elk are plentiful in these parts and beautiful to watch. The bears? Well, we know they’re somewhere, maybe not far, so we’ll keep our distance, and allow them plenty of space.

For more information on the Bighorn Cabins and rental rates, or for reservations, you can find it here. For information on the Cache La Poudre River you can find it here. It is a wonderful vacation place to visit.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2015)

 

Autumn’s crowning gold

 

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This photo was taken while on a walking trail at River’s Edge, Loveland, Colorado. The interesting thing about this photo is that when it was taken it was already growing dark, just past sunset. My husband took this photo and used the flash so we thought it interesting it could get this much light, so there was maybe more distortion than if taken in brighter light.    Photo credit: TW Johnson

 

 

  I watch the changing

of the trees dressed in golden

coats of leaves, and wish

it not a season passing,

but unending, reigning crown.

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2015


Still reflections

Looking west towards the mountains from River's Edge Nature Preserve, Loveland, Colorado photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson

Looking west towards the mountains from River’s Edge Nature Preserve, Loveland, Colorado, houses can be seen in the dark, but a small lone light was on in one where my lens caught it. This was a very peaceful, serene reflection of the lake.
photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson (2015)

Still waters reflect

silhouetted trees and peaks

as dark settles in

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2015

River’s Edge

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We have a newly restored walking/hiking trail with fishing lakes that recently reopened after it was destroyed by the 2013 flood when much of it washed out within a week of its grand opening date. The four lakes are now stocked with bass, perch, trout and catfish. The trails run along the water’s edge all the way around giving us incredible views of the mountains to the west and are complete with picnic shelters and tables, fishing docks and restrooms. All of this new area sits on the south side of the Big Thompson River where biking and walking trails run parallel to it, connecting those to the new River’s Edge. The whole area is a very serene and peaceful setting with lots of woodsy trees, plants, shrubs, cattail and wild grass growing along the River’s Edge, thus the name given by the city of Loveland for this natural preserve. It is my favorite walking trail now out of all those our city and county have in this region because of its easy walking paths, accessibility to restrooms, views from any direction, and it is only three miles from home. Our dog, Maggie loves it too and can’t get enough of all the smells and wonders of small game and birds nesting in and around the lakes. We feel very fortunate to live in a place that protects and preserves the environment and atmosphere of the front range along northern Colorado’s Rockies, and makes it an enjoyable and livable place to retire in.

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Joyce E. Johnson (2015)

Autumn vacations

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All of the above photos were taken while on vacation trips years ago to the upper northeast, New England, (U.S.) and Nova Scotia, Canada province area. It was in October when the orange, gold and rust colored leaves and trees were at their peak, a variation of shades and hues merging amid the landscape and natural areas wherever we traveled. These are a few of my favorite shots taken while driving through the states of Vermont, New Hampshire, Main, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Nova Scotia. As we drove through these states, exploring, walking the hiking trails, seeing historic places, the architecture and style of Victorian and Cape Cod homes, pristine beaches and shores of the Atlantic it did not take long before I declared this one of the most enjoyable vacation spots and a favorite place to travel and photograph. I will post some more favorite photos from these trips in future posts.  

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Joyce E. Johnson (2015)   

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