Saturday, March 24, 2007

Blacksmith Shop

Another Colorado photo. The city of Littleton (a suburb of Denver) has a very nice historical museum. It features two living farms on a 14 acre property. One farm is an 1860s homestead farm and the other is 1890s farm. The farms help demonstrate how people worked and lived in the early years of Littleton and the South Platte River Valley. This is a shot of the inside of the blacksmith's shop.

This is great place to visit with kids, but it's also a great place to visit if you're interested in old ways. There are plenty of farm animials for the kids to see up close. The houses, barns, and other buildings are also interesting.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Squaw Pass, Colorado

Here's an older photo I took when we were on vacation in Colorado a few years ago. This was taken from the side of Colorado Highway 103, looking north (I think). Highway 103 runs out of Evergreen through Squaw Pass and up past Echo Lake and Mount Evans and joins up with Interstate-70 at Idaho Springs. It's only about an hour or so west of Denver and a very easy day trip. I've always liked this photo.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ice on the Mississippi River, Part 3

OK, here's one more photo of ice on the Mississippi River. Be sure to check out the other photos in this series.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

The Old College Pond

This is a shot of one of the ponds at the community college behind our house. This is a haven for geese, ducks, and turtles. In the summertime we like to drive by the pond and look at the turtles sunning themselves on the overflow grate. I guess it's just a few more weeks until the baby ducks and geese to begin making their annual appearance.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Cats at the Door

We have four cats that live with us. Today the weather was nice enough to open the front door and get some fresh air into the house. From left to right we have, Grover (he's the oldest, around 9 or 10 years old, I think), next is Smike (he's around 3), followed by Myles (he's around 10 months), and Stella (she's a bit younger than Smike).

All of our pets are rescued animals. Grover came from a city shelter. Stella grew up as a feral cat and was rescued by an older lady who subsequently passed away. We got her from our vet. We got Myles as a foster kitten, but fell in love with him. He was only a few weeks old and almost starved to death. He's up to about thirteen pounds now. Finally, Smike was only a few weeks old when we got him. He was found in the basement window well of an old house some people we knew were restoring. When they gave him to us, he had sores on his feet (we think something had been chasing him and trying to eat him). My wife fed him with a bottle. We were not sure at all whether he was going to survive. He is named "Smike" after the crippled boy in the Dickens novel, "Nicholas Nickleby."

Monday, March 05, 2007

More Ice on the Mississippi River

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Here's another photo of ice on the Mississippi River. This is from the Great River Road on the Illinois side looking up river looking over to Portage Des Sioux. The smokestacks are from an electric power plant located close to the town.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ice on the Mississippi River

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It was very cold here for a few days last month. We had several days in a row where the high temperatures were below 20F and lows in the single digits. When this happens even the flow of the mighty Mississippi River can't keep ice from forming.

We went out the other day to look at bald eagles wintering in the St. Louis area. We saw a few, but they were too far away to get any photos (with my camera anyway). We took a drive up the Great River Road above Alton. We didn't see many eagles (up close), but I was entranced by the ice. Ice doesn't form every year like this on the Mississippi River around St. Louis, so I was glad for the chance to take a few photos.

This photo was taken from the Illinois side looking downriver between Grafton, Illinois and Portgage Des Sioux, Missouri.