Thursday, April 11, 2013

Colorado Sky


Colorado has beautiful skies! The entire state, even the flat plains, are at a high elevation. The average elevation is 6,800 feet above sea level, so it seems the skies are bluer to me because of that fact.  Even the skies full of impending weather change seem more intense.  The photo above is the view my son and daughter-in-law see from their new home's front window. The storm clouds that brought us snow a couple days ago were beginning to accumulate that day.
 

This is the brilliant blue sky that Colorado usually sees over 300 days of the year!

 


Did you know that we get more sunny days than Miami, Florida or San Diego, California?


 
Even the clouds look whiter against such a deep blue sky!
 


I couldn't resist showing the angel shaped cloud I saw one afternoon, one more time.


 
Towards dusk the clouds begin to take on a beautiful glow from the setting sun.
 


They take my breath away!

 
 
Flaming clouds light up the sky at night.
 


Even stormy days are beautiful here when they are framed by such scenery!
 


The foothills seem made for snow.


The blue and white combination looks so clean and refreshing.



A snowy day here is so silent and peaceful.
 
 
One last photo I am proud of. It is a view of Denver from the highway. Look at all the puffy and swirly clouds in the sky that day! I took this photo from a moving car (no, I wasn't driving!). It may not be the familiar New York City skyline that I saw so often, and loved,  but it's my new home. I love it for the love of family it holds and the future it represents for them. It's a big sky for big dreams! I'm glad to be a part of them!

 
I am adding this post to Mary's Thursday Inspiration meme--today the word is "sky" and to Skywatch Friday where beautiful skies are shared every week!

PS: There is still time for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card! Just answer the question I ask at the end of my Poise products post on that post in a comment, and you will be entered.
 
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60 comments:

Paula's Postings said...

Your photographs are stunning Pat, I love the sun lighting up the clouds but my favourite is the snowy one it seems to be so much whiter and crisp.

Barbara F. said...

Such beautiful photos. I am so glad you are settling in very nicely and loving it. Your kids and grandkids are a big plus with that. xo

Donna said...

Beautiful photos, Pat. Absolutely gorgeous skies!

Vee said...

Wow! Just wonderful photography. Sometimes the sky is the story.

Snap said...

All the colors seem much brighter at the high elevation. Mr. Dragon used to tell me it was because I was hallucinating -- not enough oxygen! :D :D :D Lovely shots.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Gorgeous photos! Colorado is a beautiful place. I honeymooned there. (A long time ago):)
~Clara

annie said...

You've outdone yourself with these photos Pat. I can't tell you how much I enjoy your blog.
Have a lovely weekend.

Old Kitty said...

The angel cloud is my favourite!! Beautiful!!

Awwwww Colorado looks gorgeous under these amazing clouds and sky formations! It also looks like there's lots of fresh air and open wild places to explore!

Take care
x

A Garden of Threads said...

Oh my these are fabulous, the angel is my favourite. Take care, Jen

Pondside said...

Wonderful sky shots, Pat! Your beautiful Colorado sky is much like that in Alberta - no matter what was going on with the temperature, we nearly always had blue skies when we lived there.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Pretty pics with gorgeous colors Pat-enjoy:@)

The French Hutch said...

More stunning photos Pat! These take my breath away, the clouds, and I see the angel too. The sunsets and the snow and I love the skyline. You do live in an amazingly beautiful state. Keep the photos coming........

~Emily
The French Hutch

Lavender Cottage said...

I love the scenery from your new home Pat, sky and all.
Judith

Debra @ Homespun said...

This party is so much fun :) All of your photos are wonderful! The glow clouds take my breath away. I love BlogLand! :)

Lorrie said...

Gorgeous photos, Pat. I love the one with the blue sky and the reddish rock formations reaching up into it. Oh, and the angel - so sweet!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Just magnificent! I have friends in the Denver area and we visited them a couple years ago. It also gets mighty hot there, being a mile closer to the sun. I was surprised how hot it was in August.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Breathtakingly stunning - it never ceases to amaze me when I see the beautiful skies from our country and around the world. I had a hard time picking a favorite - but I have to say - the one with the yellow/gold clouds lit from below was unbelievable. Glorious skies - enjoy your family and new surroundings.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wow, what stunning skies Pat. i love the flaming sky and the winter snow scene, in particular.

ellen b. said...

Lovely skies, Pat!!

Nellie said...

Absolutely breathtaking views in your pictures, Pat! Do you still have snow cover?

From the Kitchen said...

What a different and lovely spot you are in. To be with your family makes it even more special, I'm sure. I thought about you yesterday when I watched Ina Garten make a nostalgic (and delicious) trip to the area of Brooklyn where she lived as a child.

Best,
Bonnie

podso said...

You have a big sky there with all the open foot hills and uncluttered areas. What beautiful photos and I love the sentiment you wrote with the last one. You sound very content.

Michelle said...

Colorado is such a beautiful state. I have been several times and we have contemplated moving there for my husband's job, but never did. *sigh*

Willow said...

Watch out, Pat! If you keep posting such gorgeous photos, the population of Colorado will increase tremendously when people move daily to that wonderful scenery.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, what beautiful skies you get to enjoy there in Colorado! Wonderful photos Pat. Blessings, Pamela

Betsy Brock said...

Gorgeous! I love looking at the sky and clouds...you sure have some lovely ones out there!

Theanne said...

so much like AZ...I'm really enjoying your photos...it is good to be close to family

Sarah said...

Pat, your photos are always perfection. Blue skies in CO are truly amazing.

GailO said...

Oh those skies! That is something we don't get much of here in RI for sure! Thank you for showing me the beauty of your new home!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great generous collection of sky photos. Yes Colorado does have beautiful skies and views

The Gathering Place said...

You have captured some beautiful scenery. It has such a different beauty than New York, but is stunning.

camp and cottage living said...

Pat
Your Colorado skies are gorgeous!

Steve n Vickie said...

Awesome pictures!!! I'm going to take a guess at the location your pictures. Is the first one is hogback ridge Boulder, the rest are Roxborough? Love, Love, Love our beautiful state :) Thanks for posting.

Linda said...

Such wonderful pictures of a beautiful place! So glad you love your new home! Have a great evening!

Steffi said...

Very beautiful photos for SWF!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

ladyfi said...

Wow - what stunning views and skies. Glorious shots!

diane b said...

I see that you have fallen in love with your new state. I can see why the views and skies are breathtaking. It is nice to hear how happy you are.

Liza said...

Lovely photos. Happy sky watching.

My sky.

Genie Robinson said...

We went to Colorado for our son's wedding 11 years ago, and I can still remember vividly the skies and mountain vistas. Your captures are awesome. So sharp and filled with vivid colors. Know you had a wonderful visit. genie

Tracy said...

DAZZLING images, Pat! Your Colorado sky photos are just outstanding...breathtaking! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS)))

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love the angel cloud, Pat, and all the other photos as well.

Colorado just looks so CLEAN with those blue, blue skies and the white snow on the mountains. Love it.

XO,

Sheila

Cindy said...

300 days of sun!?!?! Colorado here I come! I love sunny days and blue, blue skies. I love seeing the sky, it's my mountains. I know some love seeing the mountains, I love seeing the sky. Anytime we get out of the city limits here, because we live on the edge of the prairies, I am mesmerized by the huge sky that I can see. I love the sky and all of your photos are fabulous! I enjoyed seeing them very much.
Hugs, Cindy

edenhills said...

Those are amazing blue skies! Your angel cloud is pretty impressive. I love when I see something so clearly in the clouds.

merrilymarylee said...

Gorgeous cloud photos!

Maybe you'll be able to photograph some of those eclipses, meteor showers, and shooting stars the rest of us never seem to be able to find!

Ann said...

such gorgeous pictures. I think we see more gray skies than anything else around here

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Gorgeous skies! I've been meaning to thank you for posting about Bangs recently. It was very helpful, and I love bangs.

AdriBarr said...

Oh Pat, what positively glorious skies! What inspiration. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

Micupoftea~ said...

Your cloud photos are lovely...yep, San Diego gets lots of foggy cloud cover, especially in June during the 'June Gloom' all of So Ca experiences. When we travelled through New Mexico we saw the most amazing clouds- so enormous and 3D! We get too many ocean or desert breezes to have many clouds, and rarely are they huge and fluffy- so when they are we crank our necks in the car saying, "ooh, look at that one!" lol

La Petite Gallery said...

You really did take some fantastic
photo's of the sky. My Mom and I used to lay on the grass and look for images in the clouds. That Angel is a winner. Great color contrasts. I am so happy for you being close to
your beautiful family.
Be well. yvonne

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Wonderful photos, Pat. Colorado is a beautiful state in any season. The skies are indeed gorgeous and you've captured them so beautifully!
Enjoy your weekend!

myletterstoemily said...

you've almost made it through your first
colorado winter! the skies are extraordinary,
aren't they? well, everything about colorado
is spectacular.

praying for lots of rain!!!!

Margaret said...

Pat your sky photos are stunning! You have the best photo eye! A Colorado angel is watching over you and your loved ones :)
Margaret from B.C.

eileeninmd said...

Pat, you do have beautiful views, lovely shots of the sky. Beautiful blues and sunset captures. Have a happy day!

steviewren said...

Beautiful photos! I love skywatching.

Karen Harvey Cox said...

How magnificent Pat. Each photograph took my breath away this morning.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Great photos! I LOVE the angel one, you should make it a card!

I'm so happy you're enjoying your new home!

Claudia said...

I'm working on Paul to move there. He wants four seasons. Fine. I want four seasons where one season doesn't last 6 months! Oh the skies!

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Questo tuo cielo, รจ veramente grandioso.
I colori fanno rimanere senza fiato !
Magnifiche immagini... grazie di farci vedere il tuo mondo attraverso queste foto.
By Myriam :))

Yvette said...

One word, Pat: GORGEOUS! I love the cloud photos. Coincidentally, I did a cloud post too recently. :)

Blue skies shining at me, nothing but blue skies do I see...Maybe this was written about Colorado. :)

Annesphamily said...

I have never taken for granted the beauty surrounding my home state! I caught a beautiful shot of the firey sky one morning when I dropped my honey at the bus . It took my breathe away! I love living here even though I am tired of all the snow. Sigh!
Thanks always for sharing!