LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Early Morning in Cheesman Park, Denver, CO - Our World

I lie quietly, trying not to awaken my husband. 
I wait for 6 AM so I can get dressed, lace up my running shoes, and head out the door into the coolness of a new day.


Squirrels keep me company as I run through the park with the sun just clearing the horizon.


To the west, the rising sun burnishes the trees. 


Light begins leaking through branches, soaking leaves with gold as I pass beneath them.


 A soft, buttery glow bathes the Pavilion.

Moving, breathing, feeling, seeing:
I run through a hushed early-morning world. 

Thank you for coming with me!

(iPhone photos edited with the CAMERA! app.)

38 comments:

Anita said...

Running with your camera? Just kidding. Actually, when did you take these stunning views?

Rajesh said...

Wow! wonderful place for a quiet morning jog.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures and such a wonderful look at your world, Barb!! The colors are breathtaking!! Hope you have a great week!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful pics, you really captured the essence of the place.

Gaelyn said...

I like this way of running with stops for photos along the glowing path. More stops please. I'll catch up with you Barb. ;)

Joanna said...

Love that first photo. Well, actually all of them. I'm going to look into that CAMERA app as I have a fairly new iPhone that I want to learn to use as a camera. You've inspired me Barb.

ladyfi said...

How wonderfully golden and serene those early hours of the morning are. Fabulous shots.

Joyful said...

Beautiful!

Ebie said...

Life if good! Nothing better than the scent of the fresh early morning air. Good to greet the sun with a smile.

Kerri said...

Lovely Run Barb!!

The Cranky Crone, she lives alone! said...

Beautiful, just what i needed.

georgia little pea said...

6am! And quite chilly by the look of the trees. I'm afraid with a double retirement, Cushion and I have both become sloths. Make that 3 sloths, including Georgia. Boy, can that girl sleep in.

Tabor said...

You are running in my sister's front yard...so kind of visiting vicariously!

Jeanie said...

A beautiful morning view of the park. I especially like the "to the west" photo....it is really a stunning view.

Carol Mattingly said...

So gorgeous. Carol

stillhowlyn said...

Beautiful early morning autumn shots! Thanks for stopping by my blog...Lynda

Retired English Teacher said...

I love Cheesman Park. You captured some stunning photos with your iPhone. I am impressed. Sometimes I get good one, and sometimes, I do not. I will have to check out the app.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What lovely early morning autumnal scenes.

Linda Higgins said...

Hi Barb, love your photos. It is always such a treat to visit your blog. Did you ever hear on the news what the fuss was all about with the man in the look-a-like underwear? LOL

Red Rose. said...

Hi,Barb.
These colorful leaves from nature make your running the more beautiful!
Your new header is lovely again!

W. Latane Barton said...

an early morning run in your world must have many surprises for you. Just beautiful.

Diana said...

I love tree photos Barb. That third one was just beautiful. I wish that I could run with you but that is a big no no with artificial knees. But I can bike with you!!! Love Di ♥

Filip and Kristel said...

Oops, the snow melted.

Greetings,
Filip

Cathy H. said...

These images are stunning! The colors are beautiful in your kneck of the wooods!

bookbabie.com said...

Lovely post and photos, fall really is an inspirational season isn't it? Especially for those of us with a camera stuck to our faces!

Linda R said...

WOW!! What amazing photos. The colors are spectacular.. I just love this time of year.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I feel like we are right on the edge, the very brink of winter! It's beautiful here today, in the 70's, but the cold and snow are out there, waiting.....

lovely photos!

Kat said...

Wow. What a beautiful morning run. Just gorgeous. Wonderful pics!

And you live in Breckenridge? I am jealous! In our early marriage days my hubby and I went skiing in Breckenridge. It is just my favorite. What a lovely little village. I liked it much better than Vail. Really wonderful.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful -- love the angle of that photo up under that gorgeous yellow tree.... I always get up earlier than my husband (and try to wait for a 'reasonable' (?) hour as you did) but I don't accomplish as much as you do once I get up! Lovely photos, lovely thoughts.

becky said...

Looks like you are the only one out & about so early Barb! Amazing that you get such great photos from an iphone!
We have a little snow in the forecast for the weekend... my guess is that you may be in for a lot!

Janie said...

That early morning light is so special. I love the glow on the pavilion.

Jim said...

Hi Barb! It's nice to meet you and thanks for dropping by my blog today.
I like what you saw on your run. I have always said that it's not the camera that takes those great photos....but the eye of the person taking them. Nice work.
Jim

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hi Barb. I enjoyed coming along on your run. You found some beautiful light and sure made the best of it in all five of your photos. The path in the first one, and the trees in the others just glowed! I wonder how often you run and how far you go.

Jana said...

I like the soft light and the warm feeling of this morning outing! wishing u a great weekend+thanks for your nice words on my blog...

Leslie D. said...

Beautifully captured! Love the early morning smells, quiet, and as you said "buttery" glow of light.

Serline said...

Such a beautiful and peaceful park to walk in. This is just the type of place I would love to visit:)

Tammie Lee said...

You are so kind to try and now wake your husband.
i love your passion for life!

Annie said...

Absolutely love your photos, Barb, and your part of the world, especially at this time of the year!
It has come over all hot ahead of the official start of summer here. With no good camera, and after a bad hailstorm where all the trees have been stripped almost bare of their leaves, there have been not many photos to take around here. Fortunately I spent some time with the grandchildren in Melbourne, and was able to borrow a good camera.