Sunday, July 10, 2005

BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO

Beaver Creek is an arid ranching community in southern Colorado.  Several of my friends live there and yesterday one of them hosted an open house for his business.  We took our recreational vehicles to play around with, but I spent most of my time just walking around.  This is what my friends get to look at every evening at sunset.

Hummingbirds in the desert?  I never would have believed it. This little guy and dozens of his friends frequent my friend's deck.  It obivously takes a little practice to photograph these birds and 90% of my shots were either blurry or totally devoid of the subject itself.  I do, however, have many pictures of the twilight sky.

I have no idea what kind of flower this it, other than to say that it is pretty!  It bloomed abundantly among the cactus and pinons.

This is what I have always referred to as a Black Eyed Susan, but my husband calls it a sunflower.  It was a welcomed splash of color there in the dry brush and tumbleweeds.  I am ashamed to admit when I first arrived in Colorado almost 12 years ago, in early fall, I though the dryness of the desert was ugly.  It took me 2 years to discover the hidden beauty here among the mountains.  I don't think I could be happy anywhere else now.

13 comments:

boiseladie said...

Ahh!  The hummingbird is perfect!  And, the wild flowers are beautiful.  

glendar0812 said...

Lovely photos ... The Black eyed Susan is the maryland state flower and the Sunflower is a VERY tall huge bloom that one can cut the seeds and dry them for later tasty treats.  So you win this round on the flower ...

Great hummingbird photo, they are cute little buggers but F.A.S.T. fast....

:)

rap4143 said...

Thank you for educating and showing us your lovely area.
Betty

sunflowerkat321 said...

The silhouetted hummingbird is an absolute KNOCKOUT!!!

tc01hm said...

Hummers are fun! I like the silhoutte. Thanks for the view!

sylviam4000 said...

It's lovely seeing places I've never been. Thank you.
Sylvia

mariebm56 said...

Beautiful photos....love the hummingbird, great shot!
Marie

mtrib2 said...

I like the photos.  The color combinations of the undergrowth and the white flowers are exceptionally good.   The glow of the mountains at sunset is spectacular.  With my arthritis I wish I could sell my home and move to a dry climate.  It would be a monumental task, and I would hate to give up my home and property.
Take care,
-mark-

kokoapuffy1 said...

Hello Dorn,
You have been busy! Great shots. Sunsets are fun to photograph, this view is gorgeous. The hummer silhouette is amazing, I know how hard these tiny birds are to photograph. Don't know what the white flower is, but it is very pretty. And I will have to agree with your hubby, that is a wild sunflower.  Hope you have a great week.   ttfn  :)    ~Deborah

smjr43 said...

I got to see so many views like this during the course of living in Colorado.  I sure do miss them.  Will just have to enjoy them now through your eyes.  I hope to be able to come out at least every other year and maybe even live there again one day.  I was sooooooooo happy there.  It is nice to be back with my family again also though.  Keep on taking the great pics.

Blessings!
Susan
http://journals.aol.com/Smjr43/Colorado

scotthlori said...

I have never visited Colorado...it sounds, and looks, beautiful!

Lori
http://journals.aol.com/scotthlori/DiscoveringMe

labdancer51 said...

We have no terrain anything like this in the UK.  It is amazing...imagine waking up to that view each day!  :-)

Sandra xxxx

cneinhorn said...

the hummingbird shot, priceless!

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