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/ Boy's Club - 5-27-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495148 Kevin Dietrich got a shot of this year's boy's club, hanging out together: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78ceedc8-2cb3-4b65-8f00-14c84961c0ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kevin said he can hardly wait until all these elk have antlers! Sun, 27 May 2018 12:02:37 EST Bird Haven - 5-26-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494819 Suddenly we seem to have birds EVERYWHERE! Tresa Moulton spotted this beautiful Baltimore Oriole near Hayden: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/923401d6-69ac-4de1-a151-85ec465c6099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At this Sora at Dry Lake: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9fdf3c0-f66a-4540-a644-bde59dc99ac3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens found these geese keeping a close eye on their gosling near River Road: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Sat, 26 May 2018 12:20:21 EST New Residents - 5-25-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494573 Jeff Hall found these two new residents at the Mad Creek barn: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa4df615-913d-411c-9135-f395a3a1bf52.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I love watching the yellow-bellied marmots (I personally prefer the term "rock dogs"). DH gave me a hard time once when we were at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison - rather than appreciating the stunning scenery, I spent my time watching a rock dog grooming itself on a warm boulder.... Fri, 25 May 2018 14:23:50 EST Fleeting Crabapple - 5-24-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494315 The blooming crabapple are so beautiful, and their blooms last such a short amount of time...can't help but share more of the blossoms from around town! <BR> <BR> Tish Hutson caught a tree full of pink blooms: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8b11aef-c056-4b21-ac59-464862b1c740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Shannon Lukens: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61d89298-7c7c-46a1-ba6c-3c1a659386fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and Carol Markowitz went for closeup... Thu, 24 May 2018 16:06:07 EST Baby Moose - 5-23-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494025 There are new babies everywhere right now! Shannon Lukens was fortunate to capture photos of this brand-new baby moose: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/600fad56-7eda-49f2-98dc-b1e73e224b87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This gangly newborn was a little unsteady: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/013eced6-b8b9-4d58-b242-0d1853f38b8a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But Shannon said mom was very patient: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6bfaee... Wed, 23 May 2018 15:46:15 EST Fox Kits - 5-22-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493727 Kevin Dietrich is a local photographer who specializes in wildlife. This spring he has been capturing a fox with her kits: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a55e3cc-22bd-46e7-9542-488713f1da51.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The kits are pretty amusing, enjoying the sun on their face: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d06e44c-93f5-4e5b-8bb4-7095311aa6ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a135a14c-4148-4558-8f87-0e5fd2d2472... Tue, 22 May 2018 13:38:31 EST We're Green - 5-21-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493387 For all of you who patiently listened while I whined about spring arriving everywhere but here, I know you're relieved to know we're GREEN! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4c7a157-6ebf-4ec0-8b07-2883dafdc197.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Jeff Hall got this photo of Emerald Mountain. You might think he added filters to make it this green. I promise you, this is what it actually looks like around here (and now you know why I was so anxious for spring to show up!). Of course,... Mon, 21 May 2018 12:17:15 EST Yellow Headed Blackbird - 5-20-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493061 Anita Merrigan spotted a yellow-headed blackbird along 20-mile road - so bright, it just makes me smile! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4fc48cd-681c-4ef2-9e45-55a5d09740cb.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> I hear the hummingbirds whizzing by the open window, and somewhere out there a magpie is upset about something. Had a good rain last night so the bird world seems especially alive this morning! Sun, 20 May 2018 12:04:32 EST Blooming Crabapple - 5-19-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492795 I love this time of year in Steamboat Springs - the crabapple seem to EXPLODE with blossoms all at the same time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8044610-550a-4f5f-819d-3790398479fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sonia Franzel got shots of the pink variety at the Yampa Valley Botanic Park, but you can see them all over town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f44dd892-065b-4c76-b611-f3336db372d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 19 May 2018 12:38:34 EST Sandhill Cranes - 5-18-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492505 The sandhill cranes have been out enjoying the sunshine. Bec Pierce found a mama with her little one: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a97940f6-0166-4d10-ae18-6444cd4d5b78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Avery Read found some strutting through the fields (gotta love that red head!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/664b163d-5bfb-48fd-a53f-31a5cc334b8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94eed561-bf1d-4357-b69e-63f815176... Fri, 18 May 2018 10:06:50 EST Uninvited Guest - 5-17-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492266 Anita Merrigan found this porcupine making itself at home on her deck: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17d96248-1ea7-4328-9fe5-e455bd1e31a9.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> One of those situations where you say "It's FINE! Stay as long as you like! I'll just be inside, over here....." Thu, 17 May 2018 13:02:24 EST Spring Runoff - 5-16-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491813 Fish Creek Falls is in spring runoff mode - and we haven't even hit PEAK runoff yet! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e285a50c-c263-411c-a144-713742d9814b.jpg"> Wed, 16 May 2018 02:22:02 EST Gotta build that nest - 5-15-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491703 And if that means I gotta pull out hair from this horse's mane to do it, so be it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f4a6b627-a792-49ae-b4af-7664958de5f3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bec Pierce spotted this magpie boldly helping itself to hair from her horse's mane: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab53de63-e9c2-4341-8b4c-b6c49ec0eafa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You have to wonder what was running through the horse's mind as the magpie wrangled some hair! <BR> <... Tue, 15 May 2018 15:31:44 EST Sure sign of spring - 5-14-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491370 A sure sign of spring in the Yampa Valley is the return of the red wing blackbird: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea6df23a-170c-4bd4-b6b0-2c27e21ef85d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kevin Dietrich caught the colors on this beauty - they make me smile every time I see them! Mon, 14 May 2018 12:31:06 EST Spring in the Elk River Valley - 5-13-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491100 Shannon Lukens took her camera along on a hike up the Mad Creek trail and through the Elk River Valley: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f2085fd-92fd-49b3-903b-c174a81a0946.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although there is still snow on the mountain we're beginning to feel the full force of spring - FINALLY: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62454d8a-33f4-4aa2-9783-a732da4f434c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pastures are greening up and the fields are full of horses: ... Sun, 13 May 2018 14:12:23 EST Fox about town - 5-12-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490826 Mary Effinger found this fox cruising around town, checking things out: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abf235ee-2aac-442a-82a3-d843462552fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looks like this fellow was well-fed through the winter! Sat, 12 May 2018 12:58:34 EST Cow Elk - 5-11-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490661 Cheryl Jensen spotted these four cow elk across Pine Grove Road, near City Market (our local grocery store!): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/773622c2-ea54-46e4-a7b9-bb06764ccf0a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had to actually count noses - there's such a tangle of legs, bodies and heads. I imagine this little herd was somewhat alarmed at the amount of attention and traffic they were getting. They were hanging out in a VERY busy area! Fri, 11 May 2018 21:33:06 EST Early Spring Color - 5-10-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490337 I know some of you have had spring since FEBRUARY, but it's just reaching the mountains of northwest Colorado! David Watts got a shot through the window of the aspen beginning to green the hills: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd9c6763-ba2d-49dc-9cdf-fc25b6988631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anita Merrigan has been out hiking; she found aspen in their spring green on the Mad Creek trail: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9af51e3-f6b3-417b-b02f-be1b... Thu, 10 May 2018 12:58:20 EST Bluebird - 5-9-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490057 I love spotting bluebirds - their bright color makes me smile! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d4a3f09-1d9c-4fae-ac1f-2654dea6f019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Laura Brice found this one perched on a fencepost. Locally when we get a day with bright blue skies we call them "bluebird days", so no wonder these guys make me smile! Wed, 9 May 2018 12:36:38 EST Mountain Lion - 5-8-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489872 Grab the small pets and head inside! Harry Lambart somehow got a shot of a mountain lion prowling around Soda Creek: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7154983-afdd-42b0-b2a2-982ecf9c92ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've seen most of the animals I post photos of, from fox to rock dogs, moose to elk to bear. THIS is one I'd just as soon NOT see! Tue, 8 May 2018 22:20:25 EST Mad Creek Trail - 5-6-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489132 Jeff Hall took a hike up the Mad Creek trail and brought back photos of a yellow-bellied marmot (affectionately known locally as "rock dogs" or "whistle pigs") enjoying the sunshine: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b1f2830-46aa-462c-944b-f41cb6c2512f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> And a field of glacier lilies in full bloom: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d91ec22f-3755-4aff-857e-ee1c86c69433.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> The glacier lilies bloom for such a sho... Sun, 6 May 2018 14:25:08 EST Moose Around Town - 5-5-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488839 The moose are still wandering around town during our "mud season". Larry Kunkel found a moose up on Blue Sage drive, just up the road from my house: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5890b6d6-8e50-4c6e-b360-ba448bd22a4a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00786129-cbd5-4eb0-bd3c-b53444cbfa1a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tracy Kubarski found one in her back yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59021105-84dc-4a44-bcff-5e... Sat, 5 May 2018 12:44:05 EST Stagecoach Reservoir - 5-4-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488612 As ice comes off the lakes and snow melts in the meadows, birds are flocking back to the area. Heather Ross spotted a great blue heron and an ibis at Stagecoach: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e3ebb21-9253-4748-bd4b-5b0670d49f29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cheryl Jensen focused on the snow still floating in the reservoir: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/661e33c5-13f4-448c-ab15-d7481f725800.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While Penny Fletcher took in the scener... Fri, 4 May 2018 15:19:30 EST Sandhill Cranes at Hahn's Peak - 5-3-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488363 Anita Merrigan found two sandhill cranes cruising the edge of a meadow where the snow is slowly disappearing, with a snowy Hahn's Peak in the background: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb3b3c5d-5c0a-4ebb-a863-cf40131d340d.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Hopefully you can see them at the right edge, just between the meadow and snow. Today I imagine the field looks differently, as we've had rain, hail and snow all day..... Thu, 3 May 2018 19:19:24 EST Snow not giving up - 5-2-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487971 I had hoped to return home and find spring in full bloom, but the snow is not quite ready to give up. Tish Hutson got a photo of the snow still clinging to the banks of the Yampa River: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a428d6f-8a5a-414d-873d-576c7cc50c22.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And then she went back out to capture the sunset over the Yampa: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68cefd3f-021f-4dad-b24b-96f0e1545d44.jpg"> Wed, 2 May 2018 11:31:20 EST Back in the mountains - 5-1-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487820 Made it back to the mountains today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d99792d-1b30-443d-a795-e6c139739300.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was spitting snow as we got home, but there is a green mist on the trees that wasn't there when we left, and a few of the brave daffodils have bloomed in my flowerbed. Hopefully they aren't crushed by the snow predicted for Friday.... <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens took these photos when she toured the Rocking C Bar Ranch in the Lower Elk River... Tue, 1 May 2018 23:41:18 EST Osprey - 4-21-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484597 Kevin Dietrich takes professional photos and has a knack for finding wildlife in our area. He spotted this osprey eating a snack (likely trout sushi....) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c49ed4d6-07ac-4ba0-9fdc-eb71b29aeeae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And also got an action photo of an osprey divebombing an unexpecting trout: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a68c3662-7a3d-44e8-9566-c11aaffb647e.jpg"> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:32:00 EST Confused Robin - 4-20-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484390 Shannon Lukens found this confused robin sitting in the snow, likely wondering where the spring/summer wonderland he was expecting has gone! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34e25fcd-98e5-4549-a68d-842e205c5be7.jpg"> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:30:18 EST Flocking back - 4-19-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484008 Even though the snow hasn't cleared the valley, birds are already flocking back. Anita Merrigan has a great eye for birds and has the equipment to capture great photos, like this one of an Oregon junco hanging out in a backyard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/246faf3b-2311-4ef9-8ba3-5c5d3dd65809.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> She spotted a western meadowlark singing away on the edge of town: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da1928b4-31df-4edf-92d4-8... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:29:24 EST Grazing Elk - 4-18-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483678 Avery Reed spotted a herd of elk, grazing in the snow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ca0deec-60bd-4d03-b343-cc143a71aec6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Normally I would have expected any elk herds to be making their way to higher elevations by this time in April, but they are still hanging here in the valley as we continue to be pounded with more snow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7ce36a8-63f2-46e1-a7f6-c9e93727535e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I guess bei... Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:27:21 EST Blue Heron - 4-17-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483336 Shannon Lukens has a good eye - she spotted this blue heron at a pond on the edge of Steamboat Springs: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e629b1f2-df6d-4f4f-aa01-b31dcf975d8d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've seen lots of cranes in the area, but never a heron! Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:45:13 EST 2018 Pond Skim - 4-16-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483006 On the very last day of ski season we have an event called the Pond Skim on the mountain. The goal is to ski down the slope and "skim" across a pond of water. Joel Reichenberger was there to capture the fun. Some folks, like Jeremy Ravitz, get fancy by hanging out during the pond skim competition: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a670a87-0047-4955-9ce7-7ea978cbc1b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Others, like "Meatball" Mitch Larson, soak in the approval of the crowd and the j... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:26:23 EST 2018 Cardboard Classic - 4-15-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482657 The last weekend of each ski season we have several special events on the mountain - yesterday was the Cardboard Classic, where creative competitors put together crafts of cardboard and duct tape and race them down the mountain. Joel Reichenberger captured all these photos, including one of my favorites, a shark. Laura Gippert stayed low in the jaws of the shark; she had a busy ride down. The shark featured a head she could flap up and down: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:12:20 EST Curious deer - 4-14-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482346 Ryan Stauffer lives up on Rabbit Ears Pass, where this deer is more curious than cautious: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27e6877f-d3ca-45b8-984a-4ed60099933f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Apparently the deer has been around the property several times and somehow knows the family is not a threat: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eef11490-d482-4e36-abc9-3f1aa405b81a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hopefully this deer will find more forage deeper in the forest as the... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:32:25 EST Weather is for the birds - 4-13-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482090 Even though we've had rainy, snowy weather, the robins are back: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2f3679b-aa88-4b93-91fd-a2395a689fae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rod Hanna found this one perched in a tree that already has some green (unlike the ones at MY house). The robins at MY house are checking the driveway for drowned and frozen worms... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:12:01 EST Cruising around the mountain - 4-12-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481827 Who needs a gondola when you can just cruise across the mountain? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fdd95c1-5971-45ab-89ea-6d75a624cb5b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Emily Hines found these two moose cutting under the gondola. What should you do if you see a moose on the trail? <BR> • Alert ski patrol! <BR> • Keep your distance: Moose will charge and can run as fast as 35 mph. <BR> • Be patient: Wait for the moose to leave the area or take a different route down the mountain. ... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:17:48 EST You can SEE me?!? - 4-11-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481541 But I thought I was invisible under here! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/487e832c-e52a-4bbf-b7db-af01f8c80f33.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Rick Restall found this pine marten "hiding" under a chair on his deck - apparently believing this made him completely invisible. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 21:57:21 EST Hiding in plain sight - 4-10-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481049 Shannon Lukens found this yellow-bellied marmot (locally known as "rock dogs" or "whistle pigs") eating a piece of grass, and thinking he is hiding in the rocks: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cfc70ab1-4ff4-4efd-9f80-4799389854c2.jpg"> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:55:42 EST Above Thunderhead - 4-9-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480649 A brief break in the snow provided blue skies and a great shot of Thunderhead (where you arrive on the gondola) from the slopes above: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3899f9fe-4606-4ddc-9f50-147a395dd307.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately the blue skies were a temporary condition. We're back to snow drifting lazily past my window..... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 11:04:38 EST Perfect breakfast - 4-8-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480346 ...if you're an OWL. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aac4b54-bfd0-4a3e-b565-138bd198a833.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Terin Peterson found this saw-whet owl having breakfast on the deck. Don't know if you can make out the rodent that makes a perfect breakfast for owls.... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 14:09:04 EST Still snowy - 4-7-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480003 Although spring is in full force somewhere, winter doesn't want to let go of the Yampa Valley yet! Carol Peregoy found this fox enjoying a nap in the snow outside her home in Clark: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c388399a-e12c-486e-91b9-d738a2892389.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clark is only 20 miles or less north of Steamboat Springs by car, but winter arrives earlier and stays longer there! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a01d418a-705e-461f-ac74... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 12:44:01 EST Springtime in the valley - 4-6-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479658 Larry Pierce got a shot of these guys rafting through town on a snow-melt fed Yampa River, while Mt. Werner remains snow-covered in the background: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39dc49ad-a46a-4604-8089-cc743d1994b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today we have snow at higher elevations, rain at the lower elevations. Good day to stay inside with a book! Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:38:44 EST The osprey are back! - 4-5-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479437 Look who's back in town! After a long flight from the South, Steamboat's favorite summer resident has returned. Kevin Dietrich first spotted this Osprey in a tree near Emerald mountain in the morning, calling out repeatedly. Kevin assumed his partner was around but could not see another osprey. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a78d37d-58ef-488a-a022-3bb57e804ec0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kevin headed back down to the river in the evening and found him again alone fis... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 16:22:48 EST Martin Luther King - 4-4-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479038 Today seemed an appropriate day to deviate from local photos and share one taken by Rod Hanna, a local professional photographer, over 50 years ago: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf3ee6c9-13bc-41ae-ad12-db7e7292b83d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rod said as a staff photographer at the Davenport (IA) Times Democrat in 1965, he was assigned to a press conference for Dr. King---who was making an appearance in Davenport. But the lighting set up by the local TV crew was over-power... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:54:01 EST Fox on the prowl - 4-3-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478606 Kevin Dietrich takes photographs professionally, and is GREAT at capturing wildlife! He found this fox on the prowl several days ago: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4978cdc-8f78-4e0a-b538-36735ec34937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And on Easter he spotted this fox with round eyes and dark markings: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98c121df-d67b-446f-9fcb-bc0a42b93440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04c59d8f-6401-49... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:31:01 EST Hanging Out - 4-2-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478329 Anna Boyer found these two bald eagles, hanging out with each other on a snowy day: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53d68df2-9d86-4cce-91b4-93ac9cef740c.jpg"> Mon, 2 Apr 2018 16:20:04 EST Blue Moon - 4-1-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478008 Larry Pierce got a photo of last night's blue moon rising behind the mountain: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e264250-d306-4572-8722-c10ea86ca994.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 17:53:11 EST Bragging Rights - 3-30-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477364 Instead of a photo today, here's a graphic of the 10 healthiest counties in the United States, according to US News & World Report: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edaf44b0-7936-4f19-bf37-b9db741fae6a.png"> <BR> <BR> And there we are right at #8!!! Know that I'm doing MY part to make this happen!!! Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:27:40 EST Still Frozen - 3-29-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477104 It may technically be spring, but Fish Creek Falls is still frozen: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92c41ffa-5937-4254-9bfe-2b715c81b593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jennifer Broome made the hike to verify, and as you can see there is still a lot of snow and ice here! Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:06:10 EST Determined Pine Marten - 3-28-18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476774 Rick Restall spotted a pine marten hanging around his deck: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03812b93-d613-44dc-a9e7-e413a16e5a4b.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5bcd910-5cef-43fd-8489-5e7db7e1ea2e.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> The little guy was pretty curious, and didn't seem too alarmed that Rick was watching him: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f51e4e8e-2a27-448c-a411-4db6557de771.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Like a trape... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:44:21 EST