Thursday, July 31, 2008
Some of the treasures enjoyed in our trip up La Plata Canyon yesterday. From the top, rocky mountain beeweed, a tall blue flower that grows in clumps in moist areas around 10,000 feet (we can't identify it), white bistort and pink paintbrush. Ho hum! ;-} tv
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We forced ourselves to make the trek up to Kennebec Pass today, having heard the wildflowers were great. The last time we were up there was in June 2007 with a dear friend.
When viewed globally and in the great stretch of history, the notion of American exceptionalism that drove the neo-conservatives to proclaim the
Project for the New American Century in the late 20th century—adopted so wholeheartedly by the Bush administration in this one—is nothing new. Other superpowers have been there before and they, too, have witnessed the loss of their prime position to rising powers.
No superpower in modern times has maintained its supremacy for more than several generations. And, however exceptional its leaders may have
thought themselves, the United States, already clearly past its zenith, has no chance of becoming an exception to this age-old pattern of history.
Monday, July 28, 2008
After watching the firefighters hose a ball back and forth on a cable Sunday afternoon, we went to the Cortez Recreation Center for some much-needed R&R. On the way, we couldn't resist stopping to enjoy the scene of a freshly-baled field with Weber Mountain in the background.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
On Saturday afternoon during Mancos Days, there's lots of sports activities, as well as strolling around the booths, hearing the Pioneer Queen introduced and visiting with old friends. There was three-on-three volleyball, the baseball tournament, the dunk-the-politician tank and, finally, the Battle of the Blondes ... an arm-wrestling contest supervised by the Mancos Town Marshal and recorded by the Mancos Times editor.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
There was a time, when I was editor of the Mancos Times, that I dreaded Mancos Days ... there was soooo much to cover, it was a drag. Now I can relax and enjoy this annual community homecoming, see old friends, see how kids have grown and just enjoy the events with my neighbors.
On the way back from Durango Wednesday, after getting my stitches out and going to see "Mamma Mia" (which we loved!), there was that late afternoon look in the Mancos Valley that I wanted to try to capture ... a golden light on the greenery, surrounded by blue-black clouds from the thunder showers that had passed over. We went up by Bauer Lake and noted that the Gambel oak are well--set with acorns, which will be great for wildlife this winter.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
This Saturday was a special joy, especially since I'm ever more mobile. We got to the Cortez Farmer's Market in time to get one of Bessie's apple pies and some of her neighbor's fresh broccoli, as well as fresh ripe tomatoes and beets from Rosy Carter at the Stone Free Farm stand. My old friend Ranger Rick and his wife were just starting to play and sing as we wandered, have visited briefly with a number of old friends.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I spent the early morning trying to catch some good shots of my tiny feathered friends! Cute little critters that they are, it is difficult to get good shots, I found. These are a few of my favorites, but am not sure any of them will work for cards or prints. We are excited with our first month's sales at the artists' co-op and I am looking hard for new photo ops to keep the FeVa inventory fresh. Beautiful day here, hope the sun is shining on your day too! sf
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Either I'm pretty hard up when I'm reduced to taking pictures of Scooby Doo swaddled in her blanket, or it's a sign of returning vigor that I want to be out taking pictures with my sweetheart.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
'Twas a pleasant gathering in the courthouse parking lot Saturday morning, with Marilyn Kroeker from Mancos playing music and folks shopping, drinking coffee and visiting. Some of the folks in the foreground in the second picture are from McElmo Canyon, at the west edge of the county. Bessie's stand, distant right beyond others, was already sold out of baked goods; she's from NW of Cortez. The Cortez Farmers Market has really become a place where folks from all around the county encounter each other on Saturday mornings. Hidden just beyond the front group is a candidate for county commissioner, handing out his campaign cards.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Well, almost sunrise. . . early morning this morning at Tom's favorite breakfast spot , the Bakery. . . . . . We are having spectacular color shows every evening as the thunder boomers roll into the valley, so late yesterday I thought I would bring my sweetie a sunset since he was not in the mood to go outside . With the aid of digital photography , it was easy to snap the picture and bring the sunset to him! This morning he took me up on the suggestion of having breakfast at the bakery, via their sidewalk dining. It was good for both of us to see people we knew, and Sandy (the worrier) could verify that I hadn't messed up anything in my first shift at the Artisans Co-op which is next door to The Bakery. At the Artist Co-op yesterday afternoon I was looking for the "Candid Camera" as the first customer wanted an item with that had no price on it and the next had a shelf fall and caught a piece of pottery mid air. It was an interesting solo flight for me at tending the shop!
Tom is doing very well with his recovery, being very independent about the "I'd rather do it myself!" thing. So I am kind of on stand by for when he needs some assistance, which surprisingly isn't often. He is being good about his exercises that he is to do at home and starts with regular physical therapy tomorrow. We saw in the hospital what the experts in that field can do. I am sure that there are many challenges ahead in his recovery but also sure that he has that amazing determination to do what must be done. sf