Photos Northern SLV (Southern Colorado, Jan. 30, 2016)

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A herd of elk, in the Northern San Luis Valley, Colorado, Jan 30, 2016

 ” Clouds come floating into my life,

no longer to carry rain or usher storm,

but to add color

to my sunset sky. ” 

Rabindranath Tagore

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As the day’s last light plays with the clouds, building over the ridges,…  the sight of a large herd of elk:

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Hundreds

The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species within the deer family in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America…

Often hear about their presence in the area (sometimes they take over the road), but I hadn’t seen that many together in one meadow before.  Awesome.

A zoom-in (with my cheapo pocket camera):

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South of GG, North of AA, just east of Hwy. 17,  Jan. 30, 2016

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New Mexico on the southern horizon

I’ve been coming here for 11 years now, and after spending most of the past 2+ years here, I guess it’s becoming my home base…

Amidst spectacular wildlife, some three dozen spiritual centers, including ashrams, Tibetan stupas, meditation retreat centers, and so forth,…  Yet also: deepfreezer winter nights, raging winds, week-long spring sand storms, major wildfire danger, a ‘mosquito season’ at the onset of summer,… mountain lions, bears, coyotes, periodic mice infestations (depending on pine nut abundance),…  not to mention the reasons (not all as entertaining as it may sound) that have given the Crestone area the regional reputation of resembling a “free-range insane asylum”…

Rumor has it that of all the people that move to this unique part of Colorado (just north of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, south of Salida), over 50% leave within 3 years…enterTheValley.gif

…and that ‘street statistic’ doesn’t even include the resident and transient alien populations…  ;-)

-> Enter the Valley:  “Renowned Ufologist Chris O’Brien blew the lid off the San Luis Valley-now he takes you even deeper into the world’s most mysterious locale:  The picturesque patch of land that stretches from Southern Colorado into Northern New Mexico, known as the San Luis Valley, has been home to some of the most astounding occurrences in North American history. More strange sightings have been reported within the SLV’s radius that in any other part of the country. Shrouded in mystery, a brave few have dared to explore the vast territory-Chris O’Brien is one of those people. He first took us there in his classic work, The Mysterious Valley [which was a very entertaining read when I first came here a decade ago]. […]

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… wobb wobb wobb …  ;-)

I’m trying to make the best of living in this strange intense energy vortex of sorts…  Yet at times I wonder…  I don’t quite know what I’m doing here…  Yet, regardless, as challenging as it can be at times… I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else…

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Home …something about it… home.

Winter Storm Watch in effect

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National Weather Service Statement as of 8:25 PM MST on January 30, 2016:   Snow accumulation… 8 to 12 inches for the valleys… and one to two feet for the mountains… and 6 to 12 inches along the I-25 corridor. […] If you must travel in or through the watch area during the time of the watch… take along a winter survival kit.

;-)

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2 Responses to Photos Northern SLV (Southern Colorado, Jan. 30, 2016)

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