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)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tracks Tell a Story

new snow is a blank page
a fresh story to write


breaking trail through the forest
animal tracks tell a tale


the cow moose and her grown calf still travel together
they meander through the trees, peeling bark from the aspens
the snow is too deep to forage for ground cover


rabbit hops from the burrow
furtively searching for food
which is in short supply


fox stays a straight course
hunting through the night
before returning to the den


my skis make their marks
climbing beside red-barked pines


a pristine page before me
I glide through white


heading toward home
(I must climb down to the deck - snow is above the rails)

some of you have asked to see before and after photos
when I use the Waterlogue app
here are two photos that I used previously in this post:

open water - Lehman Creek

winter wonderland

46 comments:

  1. The manipulated pictures really do look like water colours.

    But I have to admit that I like the real thing even better. The tracks are very interesting. I hope that there will be signs of spring to show us soon.

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  2. Wow...such pristine beauty!! Makes me miss the CO. Rockies!!! [nothing can compare to 'em]

    Your images...I'm in awe. Great ones, and fabulous commentary.

    I really DO like the water color effect.

    Now...please, take back that cold!!! ;-)

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  3. Absolutely beautiful photos! Love the edited images, too. But the one with the single line of fox tracks is truly amazing.

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  4. Beautiful shots Barb- I don't envy you all that snow, but it surely is pretty!

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  5. Water colour app is so effective, but I do like the real photo too, and those tracks, it must be very exciting to see fresh ones after a snow fall. A bit like here, when the tide is going out, or coming in, walk on that damp, solid sand and see if you are the first to be there before a small wave washes it all away. Cheers, Jean.

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  6. Beautiful. I am so happy you are getting out. And I forgot to say in my comment on the previous post how much I love that waterlogue effect. Glad you mentioned it again... love it in your header shot too.

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  7. Barb,
    Such beautiful photos of your "winter wonderland'
    I loved all of them.
    So white and magical.

    Margie
    x

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  8. Wow, these are al lovely images. Beautiful landscapes. And I love seeing the animal tracks. Have a great evening.

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  9. Holy moly you have the snow, climb down to the deck....what the heck!! But it is so beautiful, we have quite a bit of snow here but it isn't near as beautiful or peaceful as yours. I love that app, as soon as I upgrade my phone that is the first app I am downloading for sure.

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  10. The country you live in is simply breathtaking! I love the story of all the woodland creatures in the new snow!

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  11. Those photos are beautiful. What a fun way to get outside.

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  12. How absolutely, sublimely beautiful. Thank you so very much. I very rarely see snow and have got back again and again to view these images.

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  13. Beautiful post, great landscape. My ipod touch doesn't support the OS it takes to do waterlogue. Oh well, I have other things I can do.

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  14. Just lovely. It's fun seeing the tracks in the new fallen snow. I love the-barked pines! The watercolors are pretty too.

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  15. What fun to identify all those animal tracks in the fresh snow! I always wonder how on earth they can survive such long winters with so much snow and so little food to be found.
    All your photos are so charming of the area in which you live. It sounds as if you go out for daily outings on your skis. Such a healthy lifestyle!
    Interesting to see how different the waterlogue editing is from the original, yet still recognizable. I do love the natural photos as they are, but can imagine that it must be tempting to try out different editing possibilities when they are available!

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  16. I honestly doubt there's anywhere on earth more beautiful than this part of the world you are blessed to live Barb. Absolutely exquisite images.

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  17. I'm glad you are still able to enjoy winter where you are Barb -- love the fox tracks... :)

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  18. Stunning images Barb. Unbelievable amount of snow. We have had 24 inches total thus winter, double our norm. Stay warm and climb down carefully so not to break any bones.

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  19. Having rescued a pair of foxes in Florida, I really enjoyed seeing the straight line your resident fox made in the snow. They don't waste motion do they?? What exciting tracks you get to see. Mine are mostly small animals but are still interesting. Your pictures show all the reasons Winter is breathtaking.

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  20. Heading out to Colorado this summer, but probably cannot get time to return to Breckenridge. Gorgeous in spite of the cold.

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  21. Beautiful photos showing the visits of your neighbors, Barb. The cat tracks across the inch of snow we got last night don't quite compare. :) I love that you can identify who has passed by.

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  22. I so appreciate these 'quiet times' with you, Barb. Thank you.

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  23. Just gorgeous, Barb! You have had epic snow up there. Stay warm!

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  24. Wow, I admire that open water shot. We haven't seen open water in months, the reflection framed by all the snow is beautiful!
    I enjoy all the tracks, too. Wonderful post!

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  25. Beautiful photos. I love freshly fallen snow...not so much when it becomes dirty! I like that waterlogue app!

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  26. The snow looks crisp, pristine. Your words are like poetry, and I love your photos - the Waterlogue app works a treat on your photos.

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  27. So pristine - I can hear the silence. I love all the animal tracks, though I am not sure I would like to come across the moose!

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  28. What a lot of snow you have. These shots are so serene and gorgeous, and although I like that watercolor effect, I really love the originals so much.

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  29. Hi Barb, your snowy scenes delight me with there beauty. Thanks for sharing :)

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  30. It sure is a winter wonderland. The animal tracks are interesting. It must be hard for them to find food. I have just got the Waterlogue app . I sure is fun

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  31. What a lovely ski through beautiful fresh snow. Looks like you had lots of company, though! I would not have recognized the moose tracks.

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  32. Barb, it's hard to decide which I love most -- the pristine beauty of your originals or the dazzling color and mood of the apped up photos! Both are lovely. How intimately you are connected with the nature around me. It makes my heart sing.

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  33. I could never tire of looking at snow covered landscapes, I realise you are all probably longing for some warmer weather ... especially the animals looking for food - but really the snow makes the natural world even more wonderous.

    And the pattern of those tracks are interesting, especially those of the fox*!*

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  34. What a fabulous place! My grandfather had a farm just over the US border in Canada and a world like yours could have been mine, had my grandmother not found the winters too hard. Thank you for your visit.

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  35. Beautiful scenic sights!
    Those pictures will make excellent greeting cards.

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  36. I know it's not for everyone but I honestly wouldn't mind the snow. It always worries me though how many of the wild animals perish in a hard winter.

    That app is fabulous :)

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  37. thanks for sharing the beauty of winter- I can hear the sounds of skis through the snow & the creaking of the trees. beautiful-

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  38. You have a beautiful spot for winter, and summer too I imagine. It reminds me of the cottage that we sometimes get away to but not often enough. The last time was in early January. We don't ski, but we do snowshoe.

    Thanks for your visit after my POTY nod. Sorry it has taken awhile to get back to you.

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  39. As always, such lovely photos (and watercolors!) and beautiful prose... love that you are so connected to nature and can read her so well. I find it amazing you know the rabbit trails from the fox trails and the moose trails and so on...

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  40. The snow is just unbelievable this year. You are blessed to break new paths through this winter wonderland. I've been seeing tracks of wild animals on my few ventures out lately. I am sure I saw bear dung. I also saw the few remains of a rabbit. I would guess it was the mountain lion that got the rabbit. The bear "tracks" were seen on the public park across the street. There is pretty good evidence that no only does mama bear and her two cubs have a den near where I saw the tracks, but she has been seen outside playing in the snow near the den on warm days this winter. I'll go for the fox and moose. Although, I wouldn't want to come face to face with the moose. Lovely, lovely photos.

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  41. So many deer and rabbits that pass through my yard that they leave tracks in the snow like Grand Central Station! :)

    The waterlogue app adds such bright colors to the photos. I am in love with the effect!

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  42. Your winter landscape is so beautiful with tracks in the snow, silence among the fir trees, I know this from when I was young in Sweden. Thank you for sharing your forest experience.

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  43. Hello, Barb! I've come back from the one-month break from blogging and the water-color on the header took my breath away on visiting here. This post is a lovely photo story. The tracks of animals on the pristine white snow are so lovely. I imagined you were part of the forest, gliding on the snow and feeling the wind.

    Yoko

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  44. What a wonderful life tracking in the wild woods.

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