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)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Snow Play in Breckenridge, CO - Scavenger Hunt Sunday

We've had a wonderful week playing in the snow!

Breckenridge Ski Area reported 15" (38 C) over 3 days early in the week. 
It was our largest accumulation in awhile.
We really need the coverage. 

I'll share some of my week's ski photos with you
while participating in Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

Thank you to Ashley Sisk who hosts the meme.


HIDDEN
My husband breaks trail on touring skis through Spooky Woods.
 Much remains hidden under the snow and behind the thick growth of trees.


PLAIN
New snow provides a plain silvery canvas.
We use our skis to write the story.


LEFT
When we lose the trail, we follow a fox track heading left.
The necklace of small paw prints leads us home.


FAST
Today, we wanted to go fast,
so we downhill skied at Breckenridge Ski Area.
This is a view of the Continental Divide from the top of Peak 10.


PEACE
We're lucky to have the opportunity for both excitement and peace 
by clicking on our skis in our back yard and heading
to the slopes or into the wilderness.


(All photos taken with iPhone 5 and edited with Photo Toaster and TitleFx apps.)

54 comments:

Carol Mattingly said...

Wow, what a week you had. I think if I lived there I'd never come down out of those beautiful mountains. Hope all is well.

Arkansas Patti said...

Well done on the Scavenger Hunt. Spooky Woods is aptly named. Looks like the perfect place for other worldly creatures to lurk.
You certainly live in a beautiful place and I am glad you all got the needed snow. I am envious.

George said...

Wow, Barb! That's absolutely gorgeous. I'm not given to jealousy, but now I'm feeling a wee bit of envy. It's been along time since I've skied in Colorado. Enjoy every day!

Snap said...

Beautiful. Peaceful!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great post, I love what you are doing with the iphone camera.

Deanna said...

Lovely. lovely photos...and all with your i-phone...good for you. I am so happy to hear that you must be getting better to be able to get and enjoy your wonderful snow!!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Beautiful! It must be wonderful to snap on skis and go!

Patti G said...

Such beautiful scenery Barb - what a wonderful week for you!
We finally got a large dumping of snow again this week too - after losing it all on Tuesday to rain, it came back again on Wednesday & left it's wintery white mark across the fields.

Nancy Claeys said...

Gorgeous!

Olga said...

You can say you have the best of both worlds--fast and slow. I do love your Scavenger Hunt posts/

Jeanie said...

I just got back a while ago from a couple of days in Winter Park and the snow was great there also. I didn't get any photos that are as beautiful as yours, but it was a great time. I especially like your first one "Hidden".

Nancy J said...

Stunning, each tells a story. Hope the itch has gone, food that has been banned can return to the menu, and your face copes with outdoor coldness. Greetings from Jean

Sandra said...

How lovely to be able to choose the fast lane or the slow lane when you go out skiing. Such a beautiful environment. Those iPhone 5 take pretty good pictures and are not cumbersome to take on an outing!

June said...

You are having so much fun in your days! So good to hear about happy times in the cold weather.

Cathy H. said...

Gorgeous images! I love the peacefulness of the woods. I can feel the cold and hear the quiet rustle of skis.

cmoh said...

This is going to be me next week but we are going to our place in Idaho. Can't wait. Your pictures are perfect for this weeks hunt and they make we want to be on your fun snow adventure!

Hugs
Caroline

Carla Hutchins said...

Gorgeous! LOVE that hidden photo. Very neat!

Tamar SB said...

Fun!! So funny many of my shots this week were of my snowboarding day trip last weekend! I would die and go to heaven if I could ski at Breck!

Nicki said...

Each one could be a post card - so impressive with your phone camera. Thank you for sharing on the Scavenger Hunt.

upwoods said...

You've got the snow you were dreaming about! I am in love with your phrase "necklace of small paw prints." Your small stones have revved up your writing beautifully, Barb. Even though your writing has always been evocative.

sandy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful winter week. I am glad that you are getting the snow you need. We are still snowless. And, there is none in forecast for this week. My favorite of this bunch of photos is the Peace shot.

georgia little pea said...

Oh nice! I guess you must be all well again :)

"we use our skis to write the story" ... Love that. You're still somehow writing small stones and using different photo apps too. Such an adventurous older person you are, Barb. You inspire me X

Linda R said...

I just love the theme you have going for you SHS shots. They look amazing. I just love your editing.

Hugs~

Carrie said...

Wow, what a different world you live in, how a amazing! I love all your interpretations and thank you for visiting my wee blog x

Ebie said...

I love the texture application on the first photo. You are so high tech, while I am still learning how to use my Samsung Galaxy.

It looks like you were the first to step on the well manicured snow!

KB said...

You are so lucky to have all that snow! What fun. There is nothing more peaceful than cross-country skiing through fresh powder, and your photos tell that story. I hope that you're feeling better.

susanvg said...

Snow envy here - we had a big storm in December and have had little since then (even some rain days) so we have been walking, but no snow-shoeing. Oh well - I can enjoy your vistas.

DrillerAA09 said...

Excellent set of captures here. Really well done.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I used to love the snow in the CO. mountains...I've turned into a wuss now that I've been acclimated to tropical weather. But, I must admit, seeing these images today brings back days of my youth. Beautiful. Love the one of the Continental Divide. [Now I'll be humming Wolf Creek Pass Way Upon the Great Divide all day] ;o)

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Your photography and effects are stunning. Once upon a time I used to ski, but now I have become a snow bunny. Happy Monday, your blog is so lovely.

Karen

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Makes me a little shivery just looking at them!

I am clicking on skiis for the first time in several years this next weekend for my grandson's first ski day! I'm not sure that my knees will think it is a good idea, but I plan on just staying with him on the bunny slope...

Friko said...

This is an alien world for anyone living in England. Low hills and not enough permanent snow cover for anything like you have, even if you complain about lack of snow.
Following fox trails home, amazing.

Patrice said...

Nice shots - love all the snow!

Saun said...

Wow these are great love them all.

Carol said...

Great wintery photos, Barb, and this looks like a fun meme. My Amish country shot DOES look like Lancaster PA, and I have quite a few shots from that area. This one was taken in Berlin, Ohio.

Retired English Teacher said...

I am amazed at the photos you were able to get with the iPhone. Thanks for the info on what you used to edit them. Glad you got some snow. Have fun playing in it.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

The majesty and beauty of your area Barb is simply stunning.
Spooky Woods! so aptly named. It is your back yard, amazing!
I understand you need the melt, so may there be more to come.
Take good care.
R.

Marcie said...

What a gorgeous winter landscape. A land of snow magic!!!

stardust said...

I’m envious of you for your surrounding nature and your skiing skills: you can ski in such a beautiful snow forest or glide down the slopes. We have little snow in Nara and I’m not sure how well I can ski after about 30 years interruption. Each photo is nicely edited (or original) to perfectly fit to the theme. Have happy snow days, Barb.

Yoko

hiflight said...

Great outdoor shots. Looks like you do have some snow. Your peace is the best for me. Thanks

Red Rose. said...

Hello, Barb!
What a wonderful week you had! I enjoyed your all photos and its story!I am always envious of your snow landscape!!Here in my town, we had only powder snow, though many times weather forecast on TV tells that it is going to snow in Nara...So I am ready to see snow every day.
Hope you are feeling well and skin problem is getting better.
My sprain is healing. Thank you Barb. Enjoy every day!

Tomoko

Leslie D. said...

Wow you are really gifted photographer. These are beautiful!

Maria said...

Hi Barb!
Your photos are breathtaking. I love how you edited them. The first one just blew me away ~ "the contrast and the mystery in the trees!"
...and then, of course, the rest of the photos that followed...just beautiful!
I see you took them all with your iPhone. You won't believe this, but... moi, who enjoys new technologies, still has a basic phone!
Amanda and Rachael have been telling me that I don't know what I'm missing. I think I do know! I have an iPod and iPad...and oh how I'd love one of them to be networked.
I think there's an iPhone in my future :-)

Thank you, Barb, for your words of encouragement... I appreciate them very much,
Your energy and love of nature are such an inspiration. To open your door to such beauty is truly a blessing ... One I'm sure you count each day!
God bless you always, Barb!
~Maria.

Maria said...

Hi Barb!
Your photos are breathtaking. I love how you edited them. The first one just blew me away ~ "the contrast and the mystery in the trees!"
...and then, of course, the rest of the photos that followed...just beautiful!
I see you took them all with your iPhone. You won't believe this, but... moi, who enjoys new technologies, still has a basic phone!
Amanda and Rachael have been telling me that I don't know what I'm missing. I think I do know! I have an iPod and iPad...and oh how I'd love one of them to be networked.
I think there's an iPhone in my future :-)

Thank you, Barb, for your words of encouragement... I appreciate them very much,
Your energy and love of nature are such an inspiration. To open your door to such beauty is truly a blessing ... One I'm sure you count each day!
God bless you always, Barb!
~Maria.

EG CameraGirl said...

Your iPhone did a terrific job! How wonderful you were able to cover all five prompts skiing!

Martha Z said...

A great series as usual, Barb but that first image is amazing.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

These are absolutely amazing!!!!

Jana said...

so happy for you dear Barb, that you got the desired fresh snow:-) after 10 days ice-skating, now its again pretty warm over 5 degrees, however pretty windy+almost unpleasant on the bike to work...happy rest of the week! enjoy the white sceneries for me too:-))

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Snow! Glorious snow! You needed it -- in so many ways! Such beautiful pictures -- you're a genius with that I-Phone!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Looks like fun fun fun! ANd cold cold cold :) Great series!

Splendid Little Stars said...

gorgeous photos! almost as good as being there!

Jeanie said...

I would like to start doing these scavenger hunts when I get back on my feet and with a little more time. They look fun to pull together the images, though I know mine would never be quite so lovely as yours!

becky said...

It's so beautiful in your neck of the woods. Glad you are getting some decent snow.... it's been a rather dry winter here, though it is snowing very lightly as I type. Though it is beautiful, I think I am ready for Spring & some warmer temps!
Well, I am off to school Barb- good catching up with you!