The Year in Pictures

As the year is winding down, I am sharing a few more photos. They either show favorite places, or activities, and have not made it into my previous posts. I am trying to embrace the motto expressed on a historic clock in downtown Colorado Springs: Dum Vivimus Vivamus. While we live, let us live.

I hope you had a good 2016, and I wish you happiness, good health, and peace for the coming twelve months.

JANUARY

Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies, near Granby, Colorado. Our preferred destination for Nordic Skiing.

Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies, near Granby, Colorado. Our preferred destination for Nordic Skiing.

My favorite view in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. January often does not have snow along the Front Range

My favorite view in Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. January is often snowless along the Front Range.

FEBRUARY

Snowshoeing at Mueller State Park, Colorado, with view of the Western Mountains.

Snowshoeing at Mueller State Park, Colorado, with view of the Western Mountains.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, one of my favorite places.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

MARCH

Pasque Flowers, some of the earliest spring flowers along the Front Range.

Pasque Flowers, some of the earliest bloomers in Colorado’s foothills.

Heavy spring snow along Colorado's Front Range. I wonder how the Pasque Flowers fared.

Heavy spring snow along Colorado’s Front Range. I wonder how the Pasque Flowers fared. And I hope the birds will find enough to eat.

APRIL

Blooming crabapple tree and Barker House, Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Blooming white crabapple tree and Barker House, Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Blooming crabapple tree at Evergreen Cemetery, with view of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Blooming pink crabapple tree at Evergreen Cemetery, with view of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

MAY

Yellow Warbler. By virtue of its location at the border of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, springtime is a haven for migratory birds in Colorado Springs.

Yellow Warbler. By virtue of its location at the border of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, the Front Range is a haven for migratory birds in springtime.

Spring brings new generations of Cottontail Rabbits into our neighborhood.

Spring brings new generations of Cottontail Rabbits into our neighborhood.

JUNE

Manitou Lake with view of North Face of Pikes Peak. Teller County, Colorado. The snow has not been gone long at this elevation.

Manitou Lake with view of North Face of Pikes Peak, Teller County, Colorado. The snow has not been gone long at this elevation (7,700 feet).

Heron rookery near Manitou Lake.

Great Blue Heron at Heron rookery near Manitou Lake.

JULY

Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea), our state flower. June through August are best for viewing wildflowers in the mountains.

Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea), our state flower. June through August are best for viewing wildflowers in the mountains.

Mariposa Lily (Calochortus gunnisonii).

Mariposa Lily (Calochortus gunnisonii).

AUGUST

View of the Front Range during a typical afternoon thunderstorm from the plains that abut Colorado Springs.

View of the Front Range during a typical afternoon thunderstorm from the plains east of Colorado Springs.

Clark's Nutcracker in an aspen tree in the mountains of Colorado.

Clark’s Nutcracker in an aspen tree in the mountains of Colorado.

SEPTEMBER

Fortuitous photo-op during sun- and birdrise.

Fortuitous photo-op during sun- and birdrise.

Black-tailed Prairie Dog. This iconic rodent of the Great Plains often is the victim of development.

Black-tailed Prairie Dog. This iconic rodent of the Great Plains often is the victim of development.

OCTOBER

City Hall, Auxerre, France. I visited my best friend and her family.

City Hall, Auxerre, France. During my trip to Europe, I visited my best friend and her family.

Auxerre is situated along the picturesque Yonne River.

Auxerre is situated along the picturesque Yonne River.

NOVEMBER

Landscape of my childhood. Rhine River with fall colors, Germany.

Landscape of my childhood. Rhine River with fall colors, Germany.

More fall impressions from my dad's hometown in Germany.

More fall impressions from my dad’s hometown in Germany.

DECEMBER

Frosty view of Pikes Peak from the deck at Fountain Creek Nature Center, south of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Frosty view of Pikes Peak from the deck at Fountain Creek Nature Center, south of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Virginia Rail near Fountain Creek Nature Center.

Virginia Rail in Fountain Creek Regional Park.

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15 thoughts on “The Year in Pictures

    • I can’t claim the idea for a pictorial year in review, have seen other bloggers do it. I think it’s a good way to share some photos near and dear to us that haven’t found use before. Thank you for your comment. Best wishes, Tanja

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    • Thank you, Diana. It’s definitely among my top choices. It was such a lucky moment because I could not have planned it. I stopped for the colors and the windmill and as I pushed the trigger, the raptor flew up. This was along the Hanover Road, by the way, shortly after turning off from the Old Pueblo Highway.
      Best,
      Tanja

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  1. Loved your photos of Colorado Springs. It is my birthplace, I grew up there too, at the foot of Pikes Peak. So, many of your photos from there are places familiar to me. But, I also loved your photos from Germany, a place I have not yet visited, but want to as I have ancestry history from there on my father’s side. Thanks for visiting my blogsite.

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    • Thank you for your interest, and your comment, Joyce. Despite so (too) many people along the Front Range, it is still possible to experience nature in so many enchanting ways. I love spending time outdoors and never grow tired of our views. Good luck on your genealogy research, and with possible travel plans to Europe! Best, Tanja

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      • Thank you. I actually have had over 30 yrs. of genealogy research on my paternal grandfather’s family from Russia, originally Germany, and some from my maternal side too in west Europe. So, it is quite the project. 🙂 Happy New Year, and enjoy the mountains, views, and travels. 🙂

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  2. I appreciate your interest and your comment. I love prairie dogs and converse with them regularly when I happen upon one of their towns during a walk. Sadly, there are only a few places where they are really safe from yet another subdivision.

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