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Winter Comes

February 3, 2014 | 3 Comments

Ponderosa Winter

“Ponderosa Winter” A winter morning in the ponderosa pine forest abover Boulder. Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Colorado

Our winter on the Front Range shortgrass prairie was just little skiffs that quickly melted – until this week. Heavy snow in the mountains is no guarantee of snowfall for us, but this time everyone got their share. As you rise in elevation, the grassland around Boulder gives way to ponderosa savannah, a mix of tallgrass species and ponderosa pine forest. Just a little higher is all ponderosa forest and erratics, giant boulders carried on glaciers when the land was carved. I’ve visited this peaceful spot many times, each moment as unique as snowflakes, quiet on the edge of the city.

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