Good to be back – Driveabout Photos: Northern Utah to Southern Colorado (SLV – August 2014)

Crestone, San Luis Valley, Southern Colorado (USA) – August 16, 2014

T Road into Crestone, Colorado, elevation 8000 ft, several nearby mountains are over 14,000 ft.  A few specs of snow left.   Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 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’:

Western States Drought Monitor. Source: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/  (August 12, 32014 data)

Western States Drought Monitor.
Source: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ (August 12, 2014 data)

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):

PRAYERS FOR FUKUSHIMA Painting by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014 - All Rights Reserved. 20" x 20" (50.8 cm x 50.8 cm), acrylic on canvas.

‘Prayers for Fukushima’, by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. (20″ x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas)

!–> 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:

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Return to North America:  

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My recent carbon footprint “for sure” brought some relief for these trying-so-hard-to-melt icebergs off North-Eastern Canada… [sarc.]   Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014.

  •  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…

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Part of Northern Utah, like these up the slopes of the Toelle Valley, are currently LUSH:

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved. 

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved. 

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved. 

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Gorgeous dried-out summer meadow:

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

View east towards the Great Salt Lake:

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

  • Wyoming:
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Beautiful play of clouds at sunset, shortly before Laramie, Wyoming. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

  • 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:

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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After a visit to the Kami Shrine.    Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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:

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The Elder Village @ Arise festival 2014 — Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Batteries of my camera went dead, so I didn’t take photos until further along my way.

  • Southern Colorado:
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    Entering the Arkansas Valley in Southern Colorado Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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    A little history.  (hope it’s readable…)

    And then over Poncha Pass, into the San Luis Valley…

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    Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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    View from one of the Tibetan Stupa’s by Crestone, CO. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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    The mountain I know as ‘Ritro Gönpo’ (Challenger Peak, left, Kit Carson peak, right), Mid-August 2014. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

    And rolling into Crestone at sunset…

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    The Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range in the Northern San Luis Valley, Southern Colorado. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

 Good to be back…

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