Crestone, San Luis Valley, Southern Colorado (USA) – August 16, 2014
Photo (left): T Road into Crestone, Colorado, elevation 8000 ft, several nearby mountains are over 14,000 ft. A zoom-in (shown further below) shows the few specs of snow left. Incredibly lush with wildflowers everywhere. The wettest summer in well over a decade has brought a welcome respite (or trend reversal?) of a lingering drought.
This blog post is not about “the weather” (or climate), given I aim to shut up about that, as expressed in the blogpost with my skepticism about CO2 being the main driver of 20th century climate change (with signs that point to likely imminent global cooling (!))
But, given how wet it’s been, just pointing out the obvious on this recent Drought Monitor map: You can see that the severe drought conditions have shrunk to mainly more ‘further west’:
Most of Colorado has returned to ‘normal’ (20th century average) conditions during this impressively moist summer.
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!–> Re. my Art: See My Paintings. New inspiration is brewing (Yes!), but, for now, my latest painting, is still my post-Japan-(2013)-trip ‘Prayers for Fukushima’, painted here in Crestone in spring (2014):
!–> Re. Nuclear: My blogposts about nuclear issues are listed together HERE. I recommend Some Pointers to See Through Nuclear Deceptions in Media Reporting. And for those living in Japan (or visiting), I think the above link, and these Japanese data sources (regarding food safety and fallout after Fukushima-Daiichi’s 3 nuclear core meltdowns), combined with this ‘Chernobyl Heart’ documentary, and my debunking the WSJ‘s nuclear propaganda, might be helpful to make sense of the often deceptive news, both mainstream as well as hyped-alarmist. More options see also the Nuclear tab in the top banner of this blog.
A different (shamanic) angle of explorations, and a focus that continues to call me, was touched upon in ‘The Darkest Dance’ – Archetypal Dynamics of the Nuclear Era (= Part of a series that started here.) ///
Alright… Now some photos from my drive back to where I left in May.
Some blogposts with more photos from the same region, from before my 2014 Summer Belgium visit, see:
- (April 1, 2014): More Southern Colorado Photos
- (April 24, 2014): SLV – April 2014 – Photos
- May 5, 2014: SLV – (From April into May) – Photos
Return to North America:
- Northern Utah:
My departure from (also awesomely WET this summer) Northern Utah was, sadly, delayed due to a suicide… -awful- close to loved ones.
Not quite as economical as this snail, but everything I own still fits into a car…
Part of Northern Utah, like these up the slopes of the Toelle Valley, are currently LUSH:
Gorgeous dried-out summer meadow:
View east towards the Great Salt Lake:
- Northern Colorado:
Good habits die hard: Been since the fall last year that I paid a visit to the Shambhala Mountain Center, where I first immersed myself in Shambhala Buddhist teachings during a month-long retreat at the end of 2002. (Check out their Fall-Winter program schedule.) Its gorgeous 108-feet tall Great Stupa of Dharmakaya “which liberates upon Seeing,” in rustic Red Feather Lakes, CO (into the mountains west of Fort Collins), remains a most inspiring monument to world peace, reminding us that our innate basic nature is inherently good:
See my brief blogpost about The Amaterasu Omi Kami Shrine. Something more about the Shinto ways, see http://kamisama-no-miko.tumblr.com/faq (which used one of my photos uncredited, but with telepathic permission ;-) ).
On my way south, I thoroughly enjoyed the music, art, indigenous ceremonies and making of new connections at Loveland’s Arise Festival:
Batteries of my camera went dead, so I didn’t take photos until further along my way.
- Southern Colorado:
And then over Poncha Pass, into the San Luis Valley…
And rolling into Crestone at sunset…
Good to be back…