The Color of Spring

Even though the calendar says that it is Spring, here in Colorado, winter is holding on a little longer. For this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, It IS Easy Being Green!, we thought that we share a few photos that capture the essence of Spring.  The first is of a butterfly resting on a bright green bush when we were in Carrasco National Park in Bolivia. The second is from an early season hike near our home in Colorado Springs.

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Butterfly in Bolivia
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Gorgeous Views

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Springtime in the Rockies

So, technically we’re in the front range and not in the mountains, but March and April are our snowiest months.  On Tuesday, it was sunny and warm and then yesterday we were in the midst of a blizzard with over a foot of snow and sixty mile an hour winds.  When we talk to people who aren’t familiar with Colorado, they assume that getting snow like that is pretty common, but really it isn’t.  Normally we get a couple of inches of snow and then it goes away the next day, so this was definitely unexpected.  In fact, the storm was so bad that it closed Denver International Airport for only the third time since its been open.  All highways between Denver and Colorado Springs were closed as well as from Denver and Colorado Springs to Kansas were also closed, stranding hundreds of motorists.  The national guard was called out to rescue stranded motorists as this storm caught everyone off-guard.

It Didn't Start Out Too Bad
It Didn’t Start Out Too Bad
But as We Drove, It Got Worse
But as We Drove, It Got Worse
And Worse
And Worse

During a storm of this magnitude, it is recommended that you stay off the roads unless you absolutely have to go someplace.  Unfortunately, we had to get on the roads for a short while and it was a harrowing experience.  We thought that driving in Iceland was white knuckle driving, but compared to yesterday, that was a walk in the park.  At times the wind and snow was causing true whiteout conditions where we couldn’t see more than a couple of feet in front of the car.  In fact, we almost missed the turn into our neighborhood because we literally couldn’t see the intersection.  Fortunately, we made it home safely and were happy not to be on the road anymore.

Then It Was Down Right Dangerous
Then It Was Down Right Dangerous
We Couldn't See Anything
We Couldn’t See Anything – There Are Cars Ahead of Us
We Couldn't Wait to Get Home
We Couldn’t Wait to Get Home
It Was Quite the Drive
It Was Quite the Drive