We are having a warm lovely fall here in southern Colorado! We had our first snow in the Sangre de Cristos south of us a couple weeks ago, and then some weather in the 60s settled in to warm our winter-fearing souls.
The 60s are my favorite temperature, just right for sitting outside and observing the many birds and quadrupeds that happen by our home. We have seen herds of deer and a couple coyotes walking by recently…
and the Road Runners come right up to our glass doors.
Unfortunately that first hard freeze did a number on my first crop of lavender.
We have had such a strange summer season this year. The winter and spring, which are usually super wet, were quite dry through June, when the Spring Creek Fire hit this area, destroying over 108,000 acres and over 140 homes and other structures.
This was my first view of the fire as it emerged south of Mount Mestas on June 27th.
Fortunately in July the rains finally came, saving our area from complete devastation, but still for the 2017 – 2018 water year we received less than half of average precipitation.
My brand new foothills garden did not like these ever changing conditions. It died way back in June, but made a phenomenal comeback with the 3.35 inches of rain we received in July! My garden is perpetually a work in progress. We are now waiting to get a bunch of red pavers to place in the lower level around the bird bath.
It gives me great joy to wander around outside and think about how Mike and my brother John worked so hard to help me realize this lifelong dream!
5 thoughts on “Autumn in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains”
What an astounding view you have! I’m forever grateful you didn’t lose all to that dreadful fire!
You live in such a beautiful place! Nature doesn’t let you forget her!
Yes Shari! Watching the PBS special “Native America” last night was a timely reminder of how close I feel to Mother Earth living here.
Beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂 Here in Venice, FL today the temp is a lovely 73 degrees and so breezy I’ve opened all the windows. My cat is in heaven, as am I. Not quite the 60 degree temps you mentioned, but as hot as the summertime was here, I’ll take it!
Love your comment Lisa. 73 sounds great to me!