Friday, March 27, 2009

March 27, 2009

Band Shell at Central Park.
We have lots of fun festivals each year and this bandshell is host to many local bands. Great to sit out and listen to the music and watch the people dancing.
(I am posting sporadically right now. Back on daily soon. Thanks all!!!!!)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

March 22, 2009

Moe's Bagels, Arapahoe Avenue, A Boulder "Institution"!
This is a very warm, friendly bagel shop that everyone in town goes to for their bagels. The owners are super-friendly and the food is great. Kids love it too, because its so colorful and they give away lots of free flower stickers.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March 21, 2009

The End of Winter Season

This old washbasin of mine is filled with limbs of the old Christmas tree, twigs from the trail, pinecones from the forest floor and fallen bark from trees......all contents of the wonderful winter and the findings along the way. We would pick something up, and add it to the washbasin.

Now that Spring is here, it's time to turn this basin back into is Warm Season purpose: My Son's Sand Box. I will go to the hardware store, buy a big bag of sand, fill it with shovels and pails and plastic dinousaurs. My son will play in it for hours on sunny, warm days.
(and I believe a nice, a new rug is in order this summer, too!)

Friday, March 20, 2009

March 20, 2009

Handpainted Tile at Shambhala Mountain Center
One man makes and paints and installs these tiles all over the center.
Its beautiful as a whole but also close up like this.
I just love the combination of colors and textures and lines.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

March 19, 2009

The Car Wash (from the inside!)

One of my 3 year olds favorite activities is to go to the automatic car wash after we get gas. Fortunately, we have the kind of weather that warrants a frequent wash. ;)

As we sat, shrieking with delight, as the Monster washed us clean, I grabbed my camera and took this shot.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March 18, 2009

Valmont Butte
This "hill" is a controversial site here in town.
It is considered by many Native Americans to be a sacred place. Allegedly the gravesite of many Indian leaders, a place for sacred rituals and a former home of a sweat lodge used in religious ceremonies. Now the place has been reduced to a contaminated (radioactive materials) hill surrounded by industrial mines, etc.
The fight by Native Americans to return this sacred site to their tribes and the allocation of monies to clean up the soil has been locked in a bitter battle for years.
It breaks my heart each time I pass it as it reminds me of how many sites across our country were stolen from the Native Americans as Europeans moved in to claim this "free" land for their own.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patric(ia)'s Day?
This nice lady was in our St Pattys Day Parade on Sunday.
Boulder is home to the "World's Shortest St Patty's Day Parade" - it goes for one block! Don't blink, or you'll miss it!

Monday, March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009

Tis the Season...for the Birds and the Bees and the Ducks (?) :)
I saw this pair 'househunting' while on my walk this morning.
I will be on the lookout for their ducklings in the near future.

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009

The Great Stupa, Shambhala Mountain Center

near Red Feather Lakes, CO.

(this picture is from last Fall but I wanted to feature it here.)
My son and I drove the 2 hours from Boulder, into the mountains, to this peaceful and zen Buddhist center. We spent an entire afternoon walking the grounds, sitting inside the Stupa meditating and walking the circumference (clockwise) in order to see the intricate carvings of the building. Much of the work was done by one man by hand! My son was 2-1/2 at the time, a squirmy age, but I was amazed at how he seemed to understand that this was a place to be quiet and listen.

Here is to a Peaceful weekend to All!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March 11, 2009

Mural of Pearl Street Mall

This mural which is on a building on Pearl Street Mall depicts our wonderful outdoor mall. It runs for several blocks, with amazing view of the Flatirons, and has the most stunning array of tulips each spring.

We love to wander up and down the mall.

Every Halloween, the shops have candy for all the trick or treaters in town and in the spring and summer, local bands set up and play free concerts for passersby.

Monday, March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009

Father and Son

This is my son's father giving him his very first lesson in rock climbing. He has a full body harness and helmet for safety (and a Mom standing inches away!) It was really fun to see my son trying something like this. He has never shown a lot of fear, so he goes for things like this. He only climbed a few feet at first - more to give him the experience of the equipment. As he gets older and more knowledgeable, he and his Dad can climb some of the easy simple things in our area.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March 7, 2009

Hiking out of NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) on the way to the Front always see this dead and twisted tree. Its so beautiful to me! It stands apart and really looks like a sculpture.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4, 2009

Lost and Found on the Cottonwood Trail?
I was taking a walk down my favorite little trail yesterday and spotted this rather 'crusty' old jacket on the post. Looked like someone wore it for many many years. And now, it's just blowing in the wind. I wonder who the owner was and if they loved this jacket.
Funny thing, jackets...they do have a way of growing on you--becoming beloved and cherished for years.
You find yourself saying,
"Where is my jacket? Oh gosh, I love that jacket, I hope I didn't lose it!"
My favorite jacket is an apple green down coat from North Face.
What is your favorite jacket and could you part with it if you had to? ;)

Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2, 2009

Sprrrrinnnggg has Sprrrrunnnng!
I saw these crocus on my way to lunch!
I noticed a bee having his lunch on the flower, already!