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/ Swans - 3-4-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886931 Annette Zuber found these trumpeter swans wintering on the Yampa River. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340851109.jpg"> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:50:49 EST Moose on the loose - 3-3-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886339 When I moved here over 20 years ago we seldom saw moose on this side of the mountain. Occasionally a bull would wander over looking for a girl moose, but when he didn't find any he'd wander back across the mountain. Not anymore. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1081089201.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Colorado Parks and Wildlife took this photo of a bull moose just after it ran over a woman walking her dogs. Apparently something spooked the moose and it ran up behind her; ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:15:26 EST Bikes in the snow - 3-2-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885505 Just because it's winter doesn't mean the folks in our VERY active town give up biking! It's not unusual to find folks plowing their regular cruiser bikes through the snow, as evidenced by this bike John F. Russell found parked downtown on a snowy day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1901872011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There ARE bikes with fat tires designed for the snow, and I've begun to see these around town over the past year. Brett Dalke was trying out a "fat bik... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:31:40 EST Alpenglow - 3-1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884960 Pete Kail caught a great shot of the alpenglow on the mountain from our main street through town! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967089335.jpg"> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:01:22 EST Beautiful horse - 2-28-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884287 Not even the dreary winter weather could dampen the striking beauty of this horse which John F. Russell found off Routt County Road 14 near Steamboat Springs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l545024458.jpg"> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:18:24 EST Ermine on the move - 2-27-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883722 Kevin Dietrich caught this ermine on the MOVE - with the amount of snow we've had lately I'm surprised he was able to spot him! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1047071283.jpg"> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:50:09 EST Sunrise - 2-26-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883390 In the winter we turn our city golf course into a nordic center for cross-country skiing. God bless Bill Martin for being up early enough to catch the sunrise while they were doing early-morning trail grooming at the Haymaker Nordic Center! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178428973.jpg"> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:57:35 EST No Trespassing - 2-25-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882531 This fox apparently did not see, or chose to ignore, the no trespassing signs that are plastered on the Butterfly Barn near the Meadows Parking lot. John F. Russell caught the renegade fox in the act! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774786321.jpg"> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:38:58 EST Eagle - 2-24-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881842 Jim Kerr spotted this eagle at Weiss Park, near the river. We see them relatively often here - it is AMAZING how large these birds are! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l308124886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In fact, DH was sharing an eagle story at dinner one night. "I was driving by Elk Park when an eagle came up off the river. I got a ticket, and the eagle was soaring..." <BR> <BR> "Wait a minute" I said, "back up. You got a ticket?" <BR> <BR> "Oh. Yeah. Did you k... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:09:51 EST Rabbit Ears Pass Sunset - 2-23-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881518 There's something about the colors of the sky at sunset contrasted against the snow on Rabbit Ears Pass.... Jason Cobb caught a beauty! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1219955243.jpg"> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:26:40 EST Surprise Pedestrian - 2-22-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880515 Joan Heimbach found a surprise pedestrian in Wildhorse Plaza. This perky skunk was out for a stroll! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283295191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People gather around to "ooh" and "ahh" over foxes, elk, bears, moose.... Some wildlife is just more popular than others! Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:42:13 EST MORE snow - 2-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879998 We've been.....blessed....with another 12 inches of snow in the last day. At least folks are having fun with it. Scott Franz found this snowman gracing a hill in Rita Valentine park (not far from my house). At least HE looks happy! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352876964.jpg"> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:42:25 EST Fish! - 2-20-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879491 DH is a RABID fly-fisherman - it's why we live here. Even so, he's never caught the bug for ice fishing. Clearly 4-yr-old Oliver Quigley doesn't share his reservations! Jessica Quigley captured a happy boy with his rainbow trout at the Stagecoach Lake ice fishing tournament! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l167124188.jpg"> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:59:36 EST Good Hunt! - 2-19-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878942 Well....at least for the FOX it was a good hunt... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1333398565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Vicky Slaight had perfect timing! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404556881.jpg"> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:50:47 EST Serene Yampa River - 2-18-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878008 Mary Davies found this serene stretch of the Yampa River. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886138426.jpg"> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:59:18 EST Yampa Valley loves our dogs - 2-17-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877564 My DH and I used to joke that if you didn't own a dog when you moved to the Yampa Valley, you'd be stopped at the bottom of Rabbit Ears Pass and ISSUED a dog (lab, lab, golden, lab, shepherd, lab, lab...Oh, and a complimentary bandana for your dog). We feature them in our phone book. We know each other by our dogs. We take them everywhere. <BR> <BR> Mary Davis has a great photo of Mt. Werner (behind the dog, taken after hiking Emerald Mountain!). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:39:57 EST Sunrise - 2-16-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876754 Brendan Durrum was up early to catch the sunrise at the top of the Morning Side chairlift at the ski area. The mountains in the background are the Gore and Indian peaks. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93854944.jpg"> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:33:19 EST Winter Carnival - Fireworks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876213 The Winter Sports Club trains our kids in competitive skiing, jumping, and cross-country skills, and Winter Carnival benefits the club. The kids participate in a nighttime celebration at Howelsen Hill, skiing down the darkened face of the hill with sparklers prior to the fireworks show. Shannon Lukens was in the crowd at the bottom of the hill to appreciate their performance. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l140721629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once the kids have come down the... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:13:16 EST Winter Carnival - Parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875760 What's a Winter Carnival without a parade? Luckily Ben Ingersoll was in a prime location to capture this year's Diamond Hitch parade. In a nod to our ranching heritage we always have some horse-drawn floats. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074207921.jpg"> <BR> The Steamboat Springs Rugby team tried to stay upright during their tow in the parade. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2072221443.jpg"> <BR> And the Steamboat Springs High School ma... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:37:24 EST Winter Carnival - Shovel Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875090 Dragging our kids on skis down main street behind a galloping horse is not the craziest thing we do during Winter Carnival. The shovel race is. Restricted to adults (?) only, one end of a rope is tied off to a saddle while the other is attached to a shovel. Your goal is to complete the fastest ride while maintaining your grip on the shovel. Matt Stensland got a great picture of Michelle Barnes mid-ride. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129046366.jpg"> <BR> Matt als... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:54:28 EST Winter Carnival - Donkey Jump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874622 So maybe all the snow makes us a little crazy. During Winter Carnival not only do we fill the street with snow, we bring in ranchers with horses and ropes so we can have our small children do things like the Donkey Jump! The horse runs full speed down our main street, towing our kids on skis to a small jump. Matt Stensland captured Doug Wheeler pulling Wiley Wagner just before he hit the jump. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799860286.jpg"> <BR> Matt also caught a ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:03:47 EST Winter Carnival - Snow Sculptures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873853 Everyone participates in Winter Carnival! As part of a time-honored tradition, our high school students design snow sculpture creations and take part of a school day to build them along our main street. Mark McNitt snapped a photo of this year's first place winner: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453525536.jpg"> <BR> To give you an idea what the process looks like, John F. Russell caught this unfinished snow sculpture. Charles Fitzhugh, Elijah Wright, Hannah Thved... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:16:05 EST Winter Carnival - 3 to 5 year old race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873292 We actually close down our main street through town both weekend mornings of Winter Carnival. We bring back the snow and lay a blanket of it down in the street. Why? So we can do fun Winter Carnival street events! I always enjoy the 25-yard dash on skis for the 3-5 year old set. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198573787.jpg"> <BR> Matt Stensland got a toddler-level view of the kids this year, some of whom figured out quickly that this was a RACE, while others wer... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:28:37 EST Winter Carnival - Lighted Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872871 I missed Winter Carnival (it conflicted with 2-yr-old grandson's birthday), but glad to see our traditions go on! We do a fireworks show during winter carnival that includes "The Lighted Man". Not only does his suit, helmet and ski poles include LED lights - he carries Roman candles in his backpack that shoot off as he skis down Howelsen Hill. Matt Stensland caught a great photo of The Lighted Man coming down Howelsen before his Roman candles started going off. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:38:41 EST Elk in the neighborhood - 2-3-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868652 We have a variety of parks and undeveloped land close to our neighborhood. As a result, wildlife feels safe hanging out practically in town. These elk are frequent visitors! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010210612.jpg"> <BR> John F. Russell said they DID take notice of a passing dog and photographer this time! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 12:36:03 EST Sun Dogs - 2-2-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868066 I'm not sure I'd ever seen sun dogs before I moved to Steamboat! They look like mini-rainbows and are caused by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere. I was out early enough yesterday to see some, but Connie Johnson actually took the time to capture a photo of one by the More Barn. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836605757.jpg"> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:04:34 EST Yampa River thru Steamboat Springs - 2-1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867340 The 250-mile-long Yampa River begins about 30 miles south of Steamboat Springs and flows directly through town before making a turn to the west and (ultimately) the Colorado River. This time of year you can often find ice from each bank straining to meet in the middle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1166701229.jpg"> <BR> The Yampa through town usually stays open for hardy fly-fishermen due to the hot springs that dump into it at a couple different locations. Camb... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:02:46 EST Game of Tag? - 1-31-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866558 These horses at the Circle Bar 8 Ranch almost look like they're playing tag in the snow! Kaytie Steingrimsson caught them kicking up their heels, having fun on a bright blue day. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507680588.jpg"> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:14:35 EST Alpenglow - 1-30-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865896 I love it when the evening light catches Mt. Werner as the sun sets. Ryan Marsden caught the alpenglow at sunset behind the More barn. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1898388619.jpg"> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:59:43 EST Outrunning the Donut - 1-29-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865404 Corey Piscopo was having WAY too much fun with his Photoshop skills. This photo in our local paper of a cyclist has been amended with a Milk Run donut chasing the cyclist down. We're such a healthy town. You will find cyclists, runners, and various other athletes getting their cardio up on their way to Milk Run, our premier donut shop! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476172959.jpg"> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:18:34 EST Ski Time Square - 1-28-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864786 Matt Eidt, a local realtor, takes some great photos. He took this photo of Ski Time Square on the mountain at night. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375196754.jpg"> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:48:55 EST Plane Crash - 1-27-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864012 We had some excitement on the pass Sunday. Mark Darling's Cessna crashed south of Rabbit Ears Pass (the mountain pass just to the east of Steamboat). Amazingly, Mark walked away from this. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l798299966.jpg"> <BR> In fact, he was able to call 911 and his family, then light spilled fuel to stay warm until our volunteer Search and Rescue group could snowmobile in the 5 miles to get him. Delbert Bostock got photos of the remains of the Cess... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:41:56 EST Dog Snowmobile Attire - 1-26-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863139 Cord Beaty knows if you're going to spend the day snowmobiling at Steamboat Lake, it's important your dog have the proper attire.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1969854215.jpg"> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:02:11 EST Band on Skis - 1-25-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862505 For the past 102 years, Steamboat Springs has celebrated Winter Carnival. Since 1935 one of the unique things this has included is the "World's First Ski Band" - our high school band marching on telemark-style skis while playing their instruments. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410883921.jpg"> <BR> Tread of the Pioneers, our local museum, had this photo of the ski band taken in the 1950's. Performing on skis is not the biggest challenge the band members face - it... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:21:21 EST Our Downtown - 1-24-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861631 Our main street is wide, a holdover from the days of cattle drives. The crabapple trees that line the street bloom in early spring, covering the sidewalks with white and pink petals. This time of year Mt. Werner is a striking background for our small town. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1372341155.jpg"> <BR> Shannon Lukens takes a lot of area photos; they serve to remind me how awesome it is to live here! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:41:07 EST Sleeping Giant in the fog - 1-23-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860983 The valley was still covered in early morning fog when Brian Redmon snapped this photo of the Sleeping Giant. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l105520351.jpg"> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:23:03 EST Sunset at my house - 1-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860251 Since you got a winter sunrise I thought it was appropriate to give you the sunset from just beyond my driveway. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l879782331.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our neighbor, Bruce Carta, was walking Kenai (his VERY old and rotund beagle!) when he caught this photo. A portion of Howelsen Hill can be seen directly down the street toward the right; a portion of Emerald Mountain is off to the left. I sometimes forget that not everyone gets views like this ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:54:23 EST Sunrise - 1-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859506 God bless Virginia Rangitsch for being up early enough to catch this sunrise! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1823516686.jpg"> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:27:27 EST Cowboy Downhill Stampede - 1-20-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858822 There were 97 cowboys and cowgirls competing in the 41st Cowboy Downhill Stampede. These folks leave the rodeo in Denver to come to Steamboat for a different kind of competition - strapping on skis to take on a dual slalom that includes a sheer drop in the upper third and requires them to rope a tall cowgirl in a duster and sling a saddle on a nervous horse before they sprint across the finish line to glory. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549241802.jpg"> <BR> <B... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:31:04 EST Balloon Glow - 1-19-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857952 Ben Ingersoll was at the base of the ski area last night when this trio of hot air balloons lit up in honor of the 41st annual Cowboy Downhill (and I'll explain tomorrow what THAT is!). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869136780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:31:51 EST Ski Tracks - 1-18-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857157 These three sets of perfect figure-eight ski tracks were etched into the hillside at Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch by 77-year-old Ray Heid, who runs the ranch. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912540170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ray is a true local. At age 3 he was putting on skis to ride the boat tow up Howelsen Hill; in 1960 he was on the Olympic ski jumping team. This year he wants to ski 77 days to match his age. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l346429... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:35:00 EST Simple Joy - 1-17-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856420 Remember what it felt like? I mean, LOOK at this little girl's smile! John F. Russell recognized it when he saw Matthew "Jeddy" McEvoy and his sister Azure slide down the hill near the Anchor Way Baptist Church in Steamboat II subdivision. The children, who were from Denver, were enjoying a vacation day in Steamboat Springs while their dad and siblings were up skiing on the mountain. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700596244.jpg"> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:14:11 EST Mt. Werner from Emerald Mtn - 1-16-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855801 Steve Ganch rode his bike up Emerald Mountain (with his faithful friend Quincy!); in the fading light he caught a view of Mt. Werner with the night skiing lights in the background. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749764289.jpg"> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:08:11 EST Frosty Trees - 1-15-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855058 We have had some FROSTY mornings recently. Tomas Stone found a great view of the Yampa River, which runs through town, and the frosty trees beyond. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1605156249.jpg"> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:42:33 EST Tubing - 1-14-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854366 In the summer we tube the river. During winter we tube the snow-covered hills! Stuart Taylor got an action shot of Montana (who happens to be from Australia!) tubing backward for extra excitement at Saddle Back Ranch. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l254383960.jpg"> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:31:14 EST Northern Lights - 1-13-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853664 Jimmy Westlake is a professor at the local college who takes phenomenal astronomy photos, including this one. We typically have great views of the annual Perseid meteor shower, but in 2000, it turned into a once-in-a-lifetime spectacular. A rare and colorful display of the Northern Lights erupted over Colorado, setting a surreal stage for the Perseid meteors to shoot through. This bright Perseid fireball was captured streaking over the dark silhouette of Hahn’s Peak (about 25 miles north of ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:26:37 EST Icicle dance - 1-12-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852923 I'm always amazed at the icicles that form outside my bedroom window. Seems like they would be uniform tapers to a sharp point, right? Instead they form fantastic shapes like this one Richard Hagins found. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2121471744.jpg"> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:05:20 EST Sunset at the Shooting Range - 1-11-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852074 Lisa Wilson was at the shooting range when she saw this stunning sunset. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l359972307.jpg"> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:06:27 EST Boxing Foxes? - 1-10-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851242 Arguing over the last Christmas bone hidden in the snow? Sibling rivalry? Long-lost fox friend greetings? Whatever these two are up to, Scott Habermehl was there to witness it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465345742.jpg"> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:30:57 EST Sleeping Giant sunset - 1-9-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850416 Brian Redmon also caught one of the best Sleeping Giant sunset photos I've seen! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697785108.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:49:52 EST