Great Changes Reverberating into Rivers — Tuesday, May 23, 2023

We drove up to the Uncompahgre Plateau

To see the great changes of

Snow turning into Melt and then on to our river (The Gunnison River)

We drove to the top passing huge streams of imperial melted snow heading down, down down

Not only is the melt occurring fast, but the water is also

moving downhill in a huge HUGE rush

The snow is changing

and reverberating into a world of


And huge muddy ponds

Finally, we made it to the top

At the gravel pit lake, the earth was in a state of hushed concentration called MELT!

Everywhere one looked it was Winter turning to Spring.

Sorta like February turning into March

Patiently. Steadily. Snow into water.

Water into that life-giving force we all use.

Well, there you have it.  The Roubioux and Cottonwood Rivers; sources of roaring water—- flowing into the Gunnison River.  (Then on to the Colorado River)

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,




Thudding, Roaring, Crashing of the Rivers —-Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Although it is raining and raining and raining, in the mountains around us it is still snowing.

But between the rain and the upper mountain snow, there is still melt occurring.

The Robidoux River, just below our farm in the Roubidoux canyon is flooding….all the

the tremendous amount of water coming from the high country on the Uncompahgre Mesa

Just looking at the water like this: rushing, raging, tearing away the banks completely changing the course of the river

Tends to make me feel like I might fall in and drown….so I stay far, far away

The Rubidoux River is so full it is almost to touch the railroad bridge as it flows into the Gunnison River…

The Gunnison River is swollen from the gathering of all the streams and the merging of the Uncompahgre River (in Delta), plus the Rubidoux River…it is HUGE now…hurtling toward Grand Junction where it will join the Colorado River.

As the day started winding down, I saw a very faint rainbow in the hissing rain of the dark grey sky

It wasn’t very bright, nor did it last long.

Still, I saw it…and that was just the most perfect gift on the last day of April 2019.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,