Vistas July 2007
Having been a Long Island "Flatlander" all
my life, it was my dream to one day live in Colorado.
Since moving here in October, 2004 I am continuously amazed at the beautiful
skies and landscapes this lovely state has to offer.
One might wonder why I post such common scenery, especially if a person
has lived with such as environment all their life. But, it is the little
things that I am noticing most.
The low-lying clouds that touch and sometimes envelope
the mountains, and often even the lower elevated hogbacks. I lived with
fog in the northeast, but these are real clouds, not misty fog. I never
saw such a thing on Long Island.
The wildlife (which I might add does not pass through
often enough) is amazing to me, for I saw none of it where I came from.
Mostly, I saw a dead opossum on the highway. That was the sum total
of wildlife for me.
And, the views! What did I see back East? Power and telephone
lines, the roof or side of a neighbor's house. That's about it. Here,
one can see an entire town just by climbing to 600-800 feet on Skyline
Drive. I can see the Rockies from my front window. True, what I see
is framed by neighbors' homes, but I see them. If I drive down to the
corner, the area opens up and I see even more. That is spectacular to
me. Mountain peaks, silhouetted against a clear blue sky, command my
attention no matter where or how far I am going.>br>
The stars can actually be seen here at night. Not so
back east where overcast skies were the norm.
The Colorado daytime sky is the bluest I have ever seen,
even in the winter months. Back East, skies are gray for a large part
of the year. The sun is dim and spirits low. The intense Colorado sun
warms and cheers the spirit and allows for the bluest skies there could
Because of this lack of water vapor in the air, even jet trails stand
out across the sky, a phenomenon I never really noticed in the Long
Seeing horses and cattle only blocks away is a treat
for a New Yorker. Just driving to the food store, what I see is eye-candy
for a person who for a lifetime only saw only man-made structures...buildings,
crowded streets filled with pot holes and litter, houses cramped close
together with no room to breathe or appreciate what little nature might
be around. It is no small wonder why my vacations were always away from
the city and towards mountains, as if they were magnets pulling me towards
a more serene and meaningful life.
And so, it is the simple things that I am enjoying and
noticing enough to photograph. And, who knows, maybe another "Flatlander"
will be inspired to want to see Colorado for themselves.
Photographs of Skyline Drive, Cañon City, Colorado
were taken in October 2004.
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