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Richard Ryer on February 8, 2009

Greetings Denver Chef, Thanks for visiting and the introduction. We have lived in this area north of the lake for about 25 years now. It is amazing how much the land has developed. We used to be in the country. Still is to the west but we see development over on Indiana where we thought we never would. We have been observers of the eagles for over 20 years now. It was interesting how long it took for the DOW to "discover" they were there. We affectionately call the eagles and all the red tail hawks "Bob". There is a Golden Eagle that visits every so often and we call him "Bob" too! ;-)). Standley is a busy place so I hope you get the room to fish! We seldom go on the property, to many people. Have a great weekend.



Ian Stehbens on February 10, 2009

I remember a wonderful early summer morning, having dropped my wife off at a conference in the Adams Mark Hotel for the day, I headed off in my hire car to explore some of your favourite places in Rocky Mountain National Park, Rich. The whole day was mine, so I took my time, enjoying many roadside stops, detours and impromptu conversations, the purpose being to enjoy the environment and let the day have its way with me. I passed by Westminster, but started making stops even before I reached Superior, just to stand and gaze across the landscape, urban and rural. And I did continue on enthralled, beyond Estes Park to Granby and Fraser, returning to our motel late in the evening of one enthralling day. I must revisit my photo collection.

You live in a majestic and colorful world, Rich.


Richard Ryer on February 11, 2009

Greetings Ian, Thanks for the visit and wonderful anecdote. I can envision your trip through the mountains. I hope you were fortunate enough to take the Peak to Peak highway to Estes Park. The scenery across there is breathtaking. You would be sad to see Granby and Fraser now. The bark beetles have killed all the trees and the forest is now red dead trees. They say in 5 years the pine trees will be gone. Thanks for stopping by.



Ian Stehbens on February 11, 2009

Morning/evening Greetings, Rich,

Well in that tragic case, I am pleased that I have uploaded some of my images of a magnificent area made special by the pine trees. It is an environmental disaster. How sad!! During droughts here, the stress on some of our eucalypt trees is such that they cannot recover from insect attack so they suffer from dieback. That has caused much concern here, too.

Cheers friend,


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 25, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Richard Ryer
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
    • Taken on 2007/12/25 08:27:28
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired