Saturday, June 3, 2017

Spring Ends, Summer Begins


The end of May was a busy one for our family with end of school festivities for the grandchildren, a holiday weekend trip to another beautiful Colorado destination (future blog post!) and a birthday celebration for my husband. In between it all I discovered my laptop computer screen was broken. It was not cracked, but displaying blank spots and multi colored lines across the screen. In trying to troubleshoot the problem I attached a monitor to my laptop, which worked perfectly, with a clear display. That was a signal that my laptop screen was caput--gone--an expensive repair. So instead of repairing an older laptop I ordered a new one. It seems sadly that the more sophisticated electronics become these days, the less long lasting in durability they seem to be. 


Spring in Colorado is never dull weather wise.  We had a few storms in May that brought snow, and in some areas large damaging hail. Happily, Spring snow melts quickly along the front range. Only the higher elevations stay cold and snow filled longer. I took the photo above with my cell phone, as my husband and I drove north on CO State Highway 470. You can see the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the distance, nestled in the red rocks below the snowy foothill above it. My husband and I attended a concert there recently, to hear Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull perform with the Colorado Symphony.


Spring snow also meant some pretty background scenery as we watched our grandsons play sports this spring. One played soccer and one played flag football and both had a good time. As you can see by the young mother's attire on the sidelines of the soccer field, we can have snow on the hills and still be warm. It's that extra warm Colorado sunshine we have living at over a mile high in elevation!


Spring also lit our sky with many bright rainbows ...


...and brought baby bunnies galore.


May brought apple blossoms...


..as well as the first Columbine flowers in our garden.


The beginning of June now brings hints of summer. The days grow longer and warmer. There will be hikes and barbecues, road trips and swimming, camps and vacations. Much to look forward to, much to enjoy!



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60 comments:

ellen b. said...

So many interesting and beautiful things to see on this post Pat. Hmmm summer plans are a combination of hosting guests and visiting our grandbaby. Nothing exotic this summer. I'm hoping my laptop lasts for a few more years. Mostly I don't want to deal with a new program...

diane b said...

I saw a TV program about "The men that make us buy" It explained how manufacturer's these days purposely make things to only last about five years so that they break down and you have to buy new ones.
You must be happy to see summer coming after all that snow. Did you find it hard to breathe when you first went to live at a mile high?
Our winter started right on time. We had really warm weather until June. Now the days are getting cooler and shorter. 50°F to 70°F probably sounds warm to you but it is cold for us.
I hope to spend some tome in the foothills and on the beach this winter.

Lady Fi said...

Wonderful shots. Love that rainbow.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I love summer and all the outdoor activities. The rainbow is so pretty. The bunny is adorable. Lovely views and images. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Stacey said...

You've captured the wonder of the seasons!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Beautiful spring/early summer photos. It seems that we went from cold weather to the heat of summer in about two days.The mountain background makes for great pictures. I have three more weeks of school bus driving and then two months of holidays. Yeah!!!!

Michelle said...

Colorado is such a beautiful state. I love the variety of weather it provides, though I suppose you get tired of the snow at some point!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You have beautiful Columbines -- your very own State flower right in your very own yard. I love those and all your other spring flowers too.

We're on the road again this summer -- heading leisurely toward your beautiful state and our family there.... and then on to Oregon for summer and early fall. So excited.

Linda W. said...

That baby bunny is so sweet! Not a lot of summer plans yet - just lots of hiking! Waiting for the snow in our mountains to melt and open the trails - will likely be late this year.

Lorrie said...

There's a lot to see in your area of the USA, Pat. I think I would never tire of looking at those beautiful mountains. It's so great that you can attend your grandchildren's events and be a close part of their lives. This summer I hope to spend more time with my grandchildren (since I won't be teaching), and my husband and I have a boating trip planned. But there are still a couple of weeks of school left here before all that begins.
The columbine is gorgeous!

Maggie said...

I always enjoy seeing the Colorado scenery through your eyes, the Red Rock Amphitheatre is simply amazing and I can imagine how wonderful it would be to go to a concert there.
What a great mosaic roundup of May in Colorado!
Happy Mosaic Monday, have a great week.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Beautiful shots. Odd to wear tank tops with the snow in the background.

Christie Hawkes said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely photos, Pat. I believe Utah (where I live) and Colorado have similar weather. It's hard to keep up from one minute to the next during the spring! As for summer plans, we hope to spend most weekends at our cabin, and we always plan a week with the children and grandchildren in Bear Lake. That's the highlight of every summer! Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

~Christie

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place. I love those flowers.

Alexa T said...

Wonderful shots; especially the collage with the deer and aspects at the mountain. And the spring flowers, as well!
Have a nice and sunny time in June!

Sarah said...

Your photos make me feel relaxed and cool. Enjoy your summer in beautiful CO.

Sherrie said...

Hi,
Awesome shots! We have jumped into hot and muggy here in Indiana. But it's better than rain. Which we had lots of this spring. Have a great day!

Snap said...

Rainbows, bunnies and columbine -- should be a song!!!!! Family fun time.
Happy Monday!

Tom said...

...there are lots of neat things to see in your part of the world. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tamar SB said...

So gorgeous!

LV said...

You are truly fortunate to live in this area. So beautiful regardless of the time of year.

NC Sue said...

Your love for Colorado shows through your photos.
Thanks for joining us at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/06/my-happy-place.html

Angie said...

Snow on the mountains always makes them stand out and pop! Thanks for sharing. Summer plans include a trip to the UK to visit my husband's family, and to San Fran to visit our daughter. Then we have family coming to visit us. Can't wait!

Teresa Kindred said...

Lovely photos of a beautiful place! Thanks for linking up at NanaHood.com

s.c said...

Like the sprinkling of animals in between. Nice photo's.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You can't beat summer in the Rockies! (I used to live in Denver.) Thanks for linking to Blue Monday!

Neesie said...

I think we have gone from spring to autumn missing summer out, although I'm hoping it is just a blip. Currently I'm watching the fog and torrential rain pour down whilst a deer shelters nearby. You're photos are so picturesque especially with the snowy mountain top backdrop. That bunny is beyond cute too!
This is a part of the world that I haven't visited (yet) so thank you for sharing. Have a great week :D

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous photography ~ but the bunny steals the show for me ~ love it ~ ^_^

Ida said...

Gorgeous area. Loved all the critters, the bunny was so cute. - Wow that Red Rock Amphitheatre is sure neat looking.Also enjoyed the pretty flowers.

jeannettestgermain said...

Happy belated birthday to your hubby - am sure you had a big feast! The red rocks remind me of Utah:) With having grandkids, you have a busy summer. It seems we had such a short Spring! Love the bunny you shared with All Seasons, and wishing you a beautiful week!

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

I absolutely adore (and, yes, envy) your fabulous views on our incredible state. Thank you so much for spreading the Colorado love in the GRAND Social, Pat! ♥

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

I just came back from a trip to Europe, so, I have not done tons of plans for summer. I think we are going to lay low this month (we have tons of commitments anyway) and start moving on July.

Andrea said...

They are all amazing beautiful landscapes, but i love most the snow background. Those rocks at the first looks like remnants of the giants, haha!
By the way are there butterflies there too?

Lori G. Hill said...

I love to make my backyard beautiful and have my family over for barbecues! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos.

Bloggymom said...

Beautiful pictures.

Clearissa Coward said...

Truly some beautiful scenery. That Colorado weather seems as unpredictable as NC. I loved the baby bunny. Thanks for sharing with #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty . I have shared it on social media.

Unknown said...

Summer plans- playing in backyard (pool) with grandkids!

annie said...

Oh..that baby bunny. Be still my heart.

retirementreflections said...

Thank you for the stunning photos...and for the reminder that 'Spring is Here!"
I greatly appreciate you sharing this at #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty !

A Colorful World said...

Be still my heart...baby bunnies and apple blossoms! Lovely shots of the spring scenery too. I love having snow-covered mountains all along our skyline as we enjoy these warmer temps. Hope you enjoy your new laptop. We always have to replace something at the most inconvenient times!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm so behind in blogging lately, but I was happy to see all your wonderful spring photos today. The green grass with snow-covered mountains in the background is cool and I love the precious little baby rabbit and beautiful apple blossoms! My summer plans involve work...not too exciting but we need to get some things finished around here. Hopefully a nice trip will be taken this fall.

Lowcarb team member said...

Wonderful photographs, so nice to see baby bunnies they are just so cute.
The blossoms are just a colourful delight.

We have not had too good weather in the UK these past few days, hoping it will warm up soon ... it is summer after all!

All the best Jan

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Listening to concerts among the rocks. I'm envious. I can just imagine evening concerts there. Wow. My summer plans, thanks for asking, will pretty much be gardening.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

My summer plan is to try and finish several sewing projects that I started and put away.

Grammy Dee said...

Loved seeing your photos! Thanks Pat for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a delightful collection of photos. Seems strange to see people in short sleeves with snow on background mountains.

Sue Loncaric said...

Lovely photos! We are going into Winter in Australia. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #blogginggrandmotherslinkparty. I've pinned and shared on social media. Catch you at the link up next month!
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

Christine Graves said...

So sorry to hear abut your laptop woes, I can feel your pain! Your photos are lovely though, I am enjoying reading your blog. I am oving the columbine flowers.

Pietro Brosio said...

All wonderful images!

Louca por porcelana said...

Beautiful post!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Wonderful post and photos!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs,
Debbie

Thomas Lee said...

Love those rocks

indah nuria Savitri said...

That baby bunny is super cute indeeeed! Love to see more animals and colors popping up..

Gemma Wiseman said...

Gorgeous series of scenes. Wonderful to be outdoors enjoying all these wonders.

(I was sure I commented on this post, so please forgive me if I am doubling up.)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'm afraid my computer is going to go kaput soon too. I need to do a backup soon. I love all your beautiful photos Pat, and I hope you have a great summer.

aginglikeafinewine.com said...

Jethro Tull! I haven't heard that name in many years! I loved the flute playing in their songs! Your pictues are lovely, such a precious baby bunny. I hope to spend more time in Colorado when my husband retires and we start traveling frequently. We've been to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this summer and will be going to go to California to visit family in two weeks. Thank you for sharing Colorado with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Pat. Spring certainly is glorious in your part of the country. I hope to be able to visit there some day.

This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one that caught my eye". Thank you for sharing, and for making Pink Saturday special.

handmade by amalia said...

Sorry to hear about the computer but your camera seems to be in full working order. Great photos.
Amalia
xo

Gillena Cox said...

Lovely sharing, have a good week

much love...