Autumn 2014 – Photos of Road Trip – 1/5

DISCLAIMER.  –  Crestone, Colorado – Oct. 11, 2014

Note: For most blogposts related to nuclear issues, see the list, here.

On occasion, I’m a tour guide (of sorts).  ;-)   This blogpost is one of in a series of travel autumn photos, as I drive with a friend from Belgium (Bas, short for Sebastian) from Denver to San Francisco.  Unless otherwise noted:

All photos © Michaël Van Broekhoven, All Rights Reserved.  

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Some photos from these past few days in Colorado:

Picked my friend up at the Denver International Airport (where one is greeted by a red-eyed pale blue horse).  Then we headed a bit north first, before heading all the way south.

Inside the arrival hall are some trippy murals too.  I already covered these at length a few years ago in a yet-to-be-finished fictional story of a hedgehog that passed through there too… (links below):


My blogposts that show these murals and other interesting features of this airport built by the “New World Airport Commission”, see:

And also:

Near the Lost and Found (on the side of International Arrivals), there’s also this beautiful Japanese gift to Denver, from its sister city, Takayama, Japan:


And lots of impressive, inspiring and simply gorgeous Native American art, such as this one.  I was unable to find a sign to credit the artist(s):


To start out, we visited the Shambhala Mountain Center near Red Feather Lakes in far-northern Colorado:


Inside the Stupa of Dharmakaya “which liberates upon seeing”:


They had just cleaned the incredible marble floor. The stupa is 108 feet tall. This is the first (ground) floor. All photos by © Michael Van Broekhoven, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

A hike to nearby ‘Marpa Point’ gives a glimpse of “downtown” SMC below:


I used to live here in 2004 and between 2002 and 2005 I did many retreats here, including monthlong meditation retreats (“Dathün”, Tibetan for moon (Da) + session (Thün)), and Sutrayana Seminary.   I’ve shown many photos of this special place before.  Some of these blogposts include:

A gift (a tanka) from the Queen of Bhutan to the founder of Shambhala International (then named differently), Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, adorns one of the walls inside the center:


The next night we stayed near Boulder.  We got up real early to watch the eclipsed moon at sunrise.  (See more about that at  Beautiful sunrise, but the western sky over the Rocky Mountains was too clouded to see the moonset:

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Then we took Broadway south, to eventually connect to the 285 south.  A selction of photographs:


Boulder Flatirons, as seen from southern Boulder.


Somewhere northwest of Denver (I think), some kind of big fire… Didn’t hear anything on the radio about what that was. (early October 8th)

Denver in the distance:


And then a magical drive through the mountains with its famous autumn colors…


Vast expanses further south…


Upon entering the Arkansas Valley (Colorado), a sign tells visitors more about the region’s history.  An excerpt:


Just North of Buena Vista, a ‘controlled burn’ by the U.S. Forest Service:


Complex skies…


I’m amazed at my cheapo Nikon Coolpix S5200‘s abilities:


The Arkansas River, Southern Colorado:

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To close off with a soothing soak at Valley View Hot Springs…  Ahhh… Yeah…


Upon entering Crestone, the Baptist church’s greeting sign had been changed again:  ;-)


More photos from the San Luis Valley (SLV) will follow.  For some from this same incredible region, see these photography blogposts of mine:

Wishing everyone good journeys.



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