Early Morning Visitor

An early morning visitor stopped by our home on the hill today..

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“I think “soul-life” means to me living an authentic life and slowing down, being more attentive, improving the quality of our listening, living closer to the bone and being connected to a place that allows us to be connected to our souls. I think it’s what we’re all hungry for, and we don’t even know what we are missing.” – Terry Tempest Williams

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Male Mule Deer Buck, Odocoileus hemionus, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Evening Grosbeak

We had about eight more inches of snow on Monday.  This Evening Grosbeak appeared to have a dusting of snow stuck on his thick and powerful bill.

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Evening Grosbeak, Coccothraustes vespertinus, Winter, La Plata County, Colorado, USA, North America

Cliff Palace Illumination

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Mesa Verde National Park kicked  off the National Park Service Centennial with the illumination of Cliff Palace on Wednesday, Dec. 9th.

To my knowledge, there have only been two “illuminations” of the famous cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park.  The first was done in 2006.

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The weather was fairly warm.  When Marilyn and I arrive about an hour and a half before the lighting was to take place, every possible tripod spot was already taken.  Thanks to some nice folks at one end, I was able to squeeze in to the endless chain of tripod legs and camera bags.

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Cliff Palace Illumination, Mesa Verde National Park, World Heritage Site, Colorado, USA, North America