Colorado is a beauty state. Luckly, I have had a short business trip to a place nearby - Fort collins. When I have looked down from the mountain to the city. I only see green color. Their green work is excellent.
One more good things it that no skyscrappers.
Yes it is! And I do hope that if you haven't already, that you get to drive Trail Ridge Road up and over the mountains and down into the upper Colorado Valley, as I did. It is a brilliant drive, and in our case we were there on one of the first weekends that the road was open so we saw plenty of snow, and abundant wildlife.
Warm greetings, Tonga to Hong Kong.
Preciosa foto de naturaleza. Saludos, jesus
Thank you, Jesus. It was an unforgettable day in my life! Precious indeed.
It is a beautiful photo, Ian, good sense of distance from the herd of antelope? to the snowcapped mountains. One thing bothers me (nothing to do with you!) is the number of dead trees in the woodland. Cheers! Theolfa
What a nice photo Ian, Greetings from Greetje.
Thank you very much Greetje. It is great to be sharing with you.
Thankyou for being so observant. It really is a tragedy. If I went back now I would not recognize the place: all the trees have died and massive timber recovery operations have denuded the whole landscape. I haven't searched the web but there must be much about the cause of the death of the trees/forest on the web.
I took these 2 images in 2005 and hadn't uploaded them for they are mainly wildlife photos and Panoramio was intended to be a landscape site. But I have uploaded them here because of the huge change that has occurred there.
The deer are quite docile. They do add to the attractiveness of this environment.
Thanks again. My best wishes,
PS: Further to the above, Theolfa, you might notice the extent of the dieback in the accompanying GE images.
Ian, I don't know how to access the GE images, but I'm sorry to hear the outcome of the beautiful forest in this scene. Theolfa
Theolfa, I am referring to the image to the right of the photo. The brown forest patches are very evident. Ian
Beautiful photo wonderful view
Thanks for your appreciation, Seyit.
Warm greetings from the South Pacific.
A very nicely composed capture Ian. Beautiful, even with, the dying trees. :) The cause of these pine trees being killed is the Mountain Pine Beetle. Their favourite meal is the Lodgepole Pine but they also will attack Ponderosa, Scotch and Limber pines as well. As of last summer the beetles had eaten through 1.5 million acres, about 70 percent of the all the state's Lodgepole pines. The resulting damage is not only a blight on the landscape but also a serious fire hazard. Thanks for sharing this.
Best regards, Tom
Thanks Tom. I am very thankful that you have responded to this and provided the necessary information. It was because of an earlier comment about the death and clearing of the forests in the area that I have gone back to my images of the area to see the evidence that I had recorded.
I am not sure whether it is as I recall: I don't remember seeing any of this in the higher altitude forests or on the eastern side of the range, eg Rollins Valley, Estes Lake, lower slopes in the Evans Pk area. However I presume it may have spread since 2005?
Thanks again, Tom.
You're very welcome Ian. When we were in southwest Colorado last Fall I didn't notice any unusual areas of destruction. Just the odd dead pine which appeared to be following a normal mortality rate in the forests. Hopefully that's a good sign. :)
Best regards from the USA,
About! Here such much, is available than to eat. Good photos. Cause feeling of hunger
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Photo taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake, CO 80447, USA
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