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):

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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:

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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):

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

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

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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:

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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:

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The next night we stayed near Boulder.  We got up real early to watch the eclipsed moon at sunrise.  (See more about that at http://www.space.com/27381-blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-wows-skywatchers.html).  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:

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Boulder Flatirons, as seen from southern Boulder.

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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:

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

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Vast expanses further south…

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

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

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Complex skies…

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

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The Arkansas River, Southern Colorado:

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

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

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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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— PEACE —

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