KOFFEENUT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOFFEENUT KOFFEENUT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Hummingbird - 8-24-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223620 Jeff Hall captured a photo of this hummingbird checking out some late-summer flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00f53197-70bd-4d01-8010-7ea3b71eb584.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A little sad - by the time I come home, the hummingbirds will have already headed south for the winter. One last goodbye! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:27:36 EST Great Blue Herons - 8-23-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223296 David Dietrich found these two great blue herons.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6668732-212f-4958-a784-9686c8b280ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> sharing a fence row! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58b9a2cf-8fc8-4f8b-affa-c5fa80c9dc04.jpg"> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:09:57 EST Sunset at the Depot - 8-22-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222554 I love the light of the setting sun as it falls on The Depot, the old train station in Steamboat Springs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48db825d-8e40-4dd2-9ef0-6f12736d6f48.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jeff Hall has a great eye for photos! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:20:51 EST Still waters - 8-21-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221900 I love the peacefulness of this photo captured by Jeff Hall - the reflection of the trees in the utterly still waters of a high alpine lake. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/359dcf1b-2d02-4e80-aa94-d59f37fcc1f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Summer is fading here, and the locals are all out enjoying it to the fullest! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:58:27 EST Brilliant double rainbow - 8-20-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221364 Graham Bylsma caught a brilliant double rainbow after a recent storm: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98f42e0d-df3e-4ab1-a22e-f77d368936d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rainbows are so transient, and what you see depends on where you are. From a different location Denny Phillips caught a rainbow from the same storm: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18641c77-72bb-4f03-8df3-d9500fb5dad8.jpg"> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:28:47 EST Osprey - 8-19-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221100 John F. Russell watched an osprey chick spread its wings while waiting for an adult bird to return to the nest with something to eat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd34ea4f-5a0d-4583-ae21-5f32e1151462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ted Carleton also got a shot of the young birds, which have been at home in the nest located near the Yampa River Botanic Park. They look as if they are just about ready to take flight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:05:29 EST Safe vantage point - 8-18-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220302 Anna Krieg found her cat monitoring this moose from a safe vantage point! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01b1c2cb-349c-4115-906b-9dff1461093c.jpg"> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:48:22 EST Antlers - 8-17-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219851 They make it hard to hide. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3bf0f02-22c1-491e-be6f-742671b9c461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Larry Pierce caught these guys "hiding out" in a field! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:18:10 EST Rock Dog - 8-16-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219347 This rock dog seems to be asking Jeffrey Hall "What are YOU looking at?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b88df697-be08-41de-be18-aec2f37fb736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or maybe just "Got any snacks in that pack?" Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:05:48 EST Chipmunk photobomb - 8-15-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218603 Ross Youngblood was trying to capture a picture while hiking Fish Creek Falls, only to be photobombed by a chipmunk (lower left)! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/babdfa0f-a60d-4249-9621-c231fbe4a796.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After having his photo taken for posterity the chipmunk joined Ross in enjoying the view - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aec29bbd-ccf8-49b1-8ff4-1f7225469ed8.jpg"> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:35:38 EST Rainbows and dogs - 8-14-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217852 Jackie Owens was out walking her dog when the storm hit, giving an opportunity to capture both a rainbow and a happy dog! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89ce75b5-c787-4e65-bead-1df06853a14c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:23:36 EST The heavens - 8-13-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217516 Zach Rosa captured this stunning photo - an unbelievable number of stars lighting the night sky. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f0ea353-39cd-4288-bd54-6aadbce66cb3.jpg"> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 22:55:53 EST Rainbow at sunset - 8-12-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217011 And Larry Pierce captured it, along with the golden light that makes evenings after a rainstorm so special. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/382ec05d-c433-40e2-8b62-991d82d66f50.jpg"> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:59:18 EST Moose twins - 8-11-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216277 How could you resist little faces like these?!? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ad3126d-5470-43c9-b4c2-560aedfaac3f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm sure David Dietrich did this with a long lens, as it really isn't safe to be close no matter how cute they are. Especially if MOM is in the area! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d8e88fc-f7de-40bc-85f7-9df6986e5841.jpg"> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:07:40 EST Another perfect sunset - 8-10-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215805 They've been beautiful lately. Angela Young captured the sun just before it slipped behind a hill: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce1cabb0-bdf6-4ce0-894a-b4338dc92ac2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and the fabulous afterglow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a18004a-dc45-425c-aeab-bda132d5bb15.jpg"> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:19:17 EST Meteor showers and Northern Lights - 8-9-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215025 Will you be watching the annual Perseid meteor shower this week? Back on Aug. 12, 2000, the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower coincided with a spectacular display of the Northern Lights over Colorado. Jimmy Westlake, a local astronomy professor who takes professional photos of the heavens, captured this photo of the meteor shower with Northern Lights. His photographs have been seen worldwide on websites such as NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, CNN.com and Spaceweather.com. <BR> ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 15:26:13 EST Wild raspberries - 8-8-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214463 DH and 5-yr-old grandson went for a hike yesterday. DH's main goal was to wear out the grandson. Grandson's main goal was to eat as many berries as possible on the walk. In addition to the heavily laden sarvisberry bushes they grazed, they also found a small patch of wild raspberries. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6ad8ad9-416c-4093-affd-4170cad30abc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gail Hanley got this photo of a bush whose berries have survived (so far.....) Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:45:14 EST Gilpin Lake - 8-7-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213642 We are surrounded by national forest and wilderness areas, so each summer you have to decide which hikes you have TIME to take. I haven't done Gilpin Lake in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area in awhile, so I'm glad Panzera Jarrett took a photo of the hike up: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7abe911a-70e3-4787-bb2f-9213ae35b54f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...and REALLY glad Noah Wetzel got a photo of sunset at Gilpin Lake, since he's a far more talented photographer than I am! <... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:50:41 EST Hummingbirds - 8-6-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213520 We've had a LOT of hummingbirds this season! The scouts typically show up around Mother's Day, looking for the BIG flowers. Donna Gruis got a photo of one of these fellows: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8c107e1-c1e5-4157-923c-c3f65dfaed44.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They hit the feeders early in the season, then divert to the blooming flowers. Jeff Hall caught a local hummer in action: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50048ecb-1201-4140-ba90-f... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 01:24:48 EST Sunset in the Flat Tops - 8-5-6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212774 April Lassiter was hiking the Flat Tops when she caught this stunning sunset. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b37e5c4-f23e-484d-905c-d65d9c599dce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing quite like summer in the Rockies.... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 13:17:36 EST Umm....wanna share? - 8-4-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212128 At least, that's what it looks like this little guy was asking John Beckwith! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/706c5be0-8273-4961-9214-013f99a546d8.jpg"> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:36:27 EST Well, hello there - 8-3-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211597 I think Shannon Lukens used a LONG lens to capture this bad boy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/953e78c0-4c47-49ae-a937-07cdf786d989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love the combination of green and light in her photo - Wed, 3 Aug 2016 13:19:18 EST Rainbow at the barn - 8-2-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211131 Aaron Forester was at the right place at the right time - he captured a rainbow at Steamboat's iconic More Barn! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2c4ed90-d940-4b68-b055-804f496244d5.jpg"> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 18:32:19 EST Star trails - 8-1-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210360 Our friend, Peter Parsons, took this star trail photo from his deck overnight last night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb3956ef-a6c5-4a23-8092-ba162d848406.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Star trails over Walton Pond... Looks more like a Van Gogh than a photo perhaps... but dark nights, glassed out pond, clear skies.... <BR> <BR> We love our little slice of Steamboat! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 12:15:40 EST Enjoying the mountains - 7-31-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209814 David Dietrich is like the rest of us (well, with the exception that he's an AWESOME photographer!). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61daaf4f-e5b8-42f9-b77b-b970e43b471e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Summer is short in the Rockies, so he got out and captured the beauty of local wildflowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf6ed645-e615-438b-b6fb-972dadf7d0e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the things I enjoy is that once a wildflower is done blooming at my... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:06:12 EST Stunning sunset - 7-30-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209225 Larry Pierce caught one of our stunning sunsets. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c20b257-222f-4037-8a65-0c0bf7743f73.jpg"> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:18:52 EST Moose at church - 7-29-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208806 Our church is building a new family life center. We had a local family come check out the newly poured concrete! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84f22746-2b1b-4915-874e-ddff11ccc029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I guess this gives a whole new meaning to "If you build it, they will come"! On my way home from a meeting at church last night, one of the twins was crossing the 4-lane Highway 40 by itself. Fortunately oncoming traffic stopped and flashed their lights, so everyone ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:37:33 EST More wildflowers - 7-28-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208230 Jeff Hall shared his wildflower photos from a hike in the high country. I've always loved the brightness of Indian paintbrush. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04da4428-de6d-46eb-9727-32af1c2aab92.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And he found a beautiful patch of Indian paintbrush and columbine. Summer in the Rockies! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8563e1c8-aa11-40ba-80f5-2c36f1b1ccf8.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:27:39 EST Wildflowers - 7-27-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207906 The wildflowers are out in full force in the high country! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bead722f-0aa7-4368-8934-835729bcc492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Larry Pierce was out to capture the huge variety we currently have blooming. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4c51c22-2f88-447a-bf35-290fdc303688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You have to be quick to bloom in the Rocky Mountains. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/620712f5-f72c-4580-... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:32:36 EST More Moose - 7-23-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205497 David Dietrich came across this moose, who certainly noticed David. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11b38462-8060-4b86-b746-9215f5e2b3b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not that the moose was concerned. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5aed52ff-8663-44c8-9aea-6e5835286b28.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although maybe in the end it was looking for more privacy.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97514bca-bcfd-4934-9d89-4c0d535e3ca9.jpg"> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:37:51 EST Who was more surprised? - 7-22-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205002 Was it the moose seeing a giant swan or a giant swan seeing a moose? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f35fcd0b-7389-4d5c-b997-89fce1bcd074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Either way, tubing the Yampa River is ALWAYS an adventure! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:45:40 EST Columbine on the Flat Tops - 7-19-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202950 Larry Pierce got a shot of our state flower, the columbine, blooming with the Flat Tops in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cf67ea9-13d4-4da6-a768-d9921c67ba15.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's always startling to come across a field of these blooming in the wild - they look so exotic! Tue, 19 Jul 2016 03:43:06 EST Traffic jam - 7-18-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202634 Steamboat style. When you have to wait for Mama Moose and the twins to clear the area! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6743c7c5-17ca-4459-a8b0-440d259e92a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tressa Moulton captured the photo from a SAFE location! <BR> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:00:04 EST Mount Zirkel - 7-17-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201985 Scott Franz and friends climbed Mount Zirkel, the tallest point in Routt County at 12,182 feet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2b91978-f68e-4aa1-9fc6-8563c675a3ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scott said it's impossible not to have a smile on your face after you summit! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c1c14de-89c1-4b6a-8344-8518253b464a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The 5 mile hike to the top, gaining 2,627 feet along the way, has some beauty along the way to ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:41:55 EST Rock Dogs - 7-16-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201457 OK, technically they're yellow bellied marmots, but the locals have other names for them. Rock dog. Whistle pig. David Dietrich caught these two catching some rays on their favorite rock. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53de3cc3-3b4a-413b-9bf8-6e7b1602eba3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> David said "I think in my next life I want to be a Whistle Pig. Lounging around all day, checking out the views and napping. Not a bad gig." Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:49:52 EST Tube Hatch - 7-15-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201209 My DH calls this a "tube hatch" - something the fishermen want to avoid! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a3fdddd-8014-4bea-bce7-13b4bb4664ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tubing the Yampa River is a great way to cool off on a hot day. Fortunately, the fishermen can still have a successful fishing adventure early/late, when tubers have cleared! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:45:36 EST One upsmanship - 7-14-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200330 Post a blog with summer sunset photos, and the NEXT night will be sure to outdo the first! Jeff Hall captured our spectacular sunset. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0e8329f-2ced-42c9-9fc0-9f013ca07528.jpg"> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:31:41 EST Summer Sunset - 7-13-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200036 Last night's sunset was so beautiful several people tried to capture it! Barbara Robinson got a great shot: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7507a345-2dab-450f-a72e-f3fc0c01e258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And so did Holly Hale: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d49086c4-e74f-45d5-b0e8-27afe03f3e47.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But Larry Pierce, a professional photographer, has the equipment to do it justice! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:09:52 EST Tubing by the moose - 7-12-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199245 Alyssa Scalera was tubing down the Yampa River when she spotted our mama moose with her twins lounging on shore. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4d738a6-2b49-4804-926c-b4fba1462ab0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The moose appeared to be enjoying watching the tubers float by. Alyssa said she zoomed in and was not that close to the moose. Smart girl! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:35:52 EST Bull Moose - 7-11-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198988 This bull moose was hanging around the mountain. Joanie Esterson found him wandering around Ski Times Square. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11d7a4d5-cee9-45ce-97c5-b86a6b34be4e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Lacy Collier spotted him in the tall grass by the Steamboat Grand. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55932598-756a-4f26-b668-d9a5f3620751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:32:09 EST More Balloon Rodeo - 7-10-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198298 Shannon Lukens was the announcer at the 35th Annual Balloon Rodeo and also managed to get some shots of the balloon launch. The first picture is of the two hand-painted balloons in the Balloon Rodeo. There are only 12 hand-painted balloons in the world and these are two of them. The circus balloon is called Big Top and the cowboy balloon is called Western Spirit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf9aa668-fb56-4bf4-8fa7-c1d3cc2bbec3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's difficult t... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:21:57 EST Balloon Rodeo -7-9-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197632 Jessica Feineman was up early to catch the balloon launch at this year's Balloon Rodeo! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33733665-4dad-4330-8081-9752d9fd3c4b.jpg"> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 15:47:19 EST Music on the Green - 7-8-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196955 Every Thursday during the summer, Strings in the Mountains sponsors free "Music on the Green" events at our botanic park. George Fargo got some great photos of the Coventry Quartet, who played this week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fde9979-1b6f-4002-b1ee-5663eb434722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are such wonderful events. People bring chairs and blankets and tents to sit and listen in such wonderful surroundings. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:14:02 EST Rainbow at Stillwater -7-7-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196243 Denny Phillips was at Stillwater Reservoir when he spotted a rainbow brightening the landscape. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd46809f-e28c-4ecb-9275-cf3ae83c7a1e.jpg"> Thu, 7 Jul 2016 03:00:51 EST Road block - 7-6-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196199 Steamboat style! Roger Good had PLENTY of time to get a shot of the sheep blocking this backcountry road. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/626f5b2e-a18e-4764-86ef-983ec5603ffa.jpg"> Thu, 7 Jul 2016 00:24:34 EST 4th of July Festivities - 7-5-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195340 We do the 4th of July in a big way for a small town. We have a parade, of course. John F. Russell got a shot of a local parade favorite, the Phoenix Dragon of Fire (a big hit with the 5-yr-old grandson at Halloweeen!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69742649-b6a1-48e5-a772-8f3e8d1eb812.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have a sense of dignity, demonstrated by the Rotary Club and captured by Joel Reichenberger (who took all the remaining photos). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 15:58:25 EST Stunning sunset - 7-4-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194828 Jane Nesbitt caught a stunning sunset at Steamboat Lake <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24422de7-c073-4d50-826b-c03fa60f550f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There IS beauty in the thunderstorms that roll through! Mon, 4 Jul 2016 20:24:30 EST Uninvited patio guest - 7-3-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194034 Here's someone you don't want to see on your back patio. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84b885ac-78d0-4b93-8c65-55065d0ba585.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fortunately Darcy Coale spotted this mountain lion in her yard at Soda Creek Highlands BEFORE she went out to enjoy our nice weather! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 10:28:40 EST Rabbit Ears - 7-2-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193628 ...it's just as green as the valley! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eeed728b-acd2-43df-8809-c7218e9c8b9f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Elliot Lawrence was up on the pass (where there is still snow in spots) and got a great shot of how green Rabbit Ears is over the weekend of the 4th! Sat, 2 Jul 2016 13:57:59 EST Cooling off - 7-1-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193020 David Dietrich is so talented at catching our local moose in action. He found our mother moose and her two young calves taking a break from the hot temperatures to cool off in the sprinklers at The Village at Steamboat condos. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ecfde1f-27ec-47bf-82f4-3d8ae8d9589b.jpg"> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:29:49 EST