Eyes Ready for Wonders—-Sunday, May 27, 2018

We took a wee trip.  Over the Uncompahgre Plateau (just behind our house) to the west end of Montrose County…into the towns of Nucla, Naturita, and Norwood.

We traveled across the Uncompahgre Plateau to the base of the Lone Cone guarding the hills, vales, and towns from it’s majestic view there in the sky.

We have been hearing how terribly horribly dry everything was on the plateau, so we took off for a five-hour-round-trip drive (with a nice lunch in Ridgway, Colorado)

Oh…it is sooooooo dry up there.  So very dry.  The green grass, which should be green, just isn’t.  It looks like October grass all brown and crinkly.

The ponds, sloughs, ditches, and reservoirs are dry. Nothing there, accept possibly a puddle.

It’s all so scary.

The west side of the Uncompahgre Plateau looks much better than our side.  It is greener, the wild berries are blooming and the trees starting to put on new leaves.  There are even some ponds with water in them.

As we grew closer to the San Juan Mountain range we saw snow still on them—so there is hope for those living in that area.

If we start to get rain it will help.  Then next winter’s snow (as much as I don’t care for winter, it is an important source of water) needs to fall early, thickly and very often.

Only time will tell.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Eyes Ready for Wonders—-Sunday, May 27, 2018

  1. Sounds like a great trip – beautiful photos! And you are so right – dry. Most all snow is melted on Pikes. Mother Nature will shirley bring us moisture in June…

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  2. Although I am not familiar with your climate, such dryness would be scary even for us in our chaparral climate. The East Hills east of the Santa Clara Valley are still green.

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  3. I do hope for the sake of the farming community and therefore the townsfolk that
    your weather patterns improve – PRONTO.
    Dryness is not good, so here’s hoping that rain will come and be plentiful.

    Have a reflective Memorial day on Monday. Your Memorial day is similar
    to our ANZAC day here in Australia and New Zealand.
    It is heartwarming to see the crowds grow every year to support and remember
    the sacrifices.
    Colin

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  4. Your photos are beautiful but I got lost after the word dry. That’s a scary word anywhere. People think I’m crazy when I say I love the rain and snow. I’ve lived in the high desert too and faced a fire evacuation. Dry terrifies me. Lets hope for rain.

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  5. So sorry to hear about how dry everything is, Linda. I know you’ve mentioned that before. Sure hope things get better soon. Seems like you’ve been in drought conditions for quite awhile.

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