Red Rocks Park

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Good Morning,

I was sifting through some old photos that I took in June of 2007 when we attended a wedding in Colorado. We took a side trip to Red Rocks Park, to see the Amphitheatre that is built into large red sandstone outcroppings.

I was most interested in the area known as Dinosaur Ridge located nearby the amphitheatre. It contains the footprints of dinosaurs that walked on the floodplain of Colorado’s ocean on Morrison’s sandy beaches. When the western mountains starting building 70 to 80 million years ago this area was pushed up  forming the unique geology of the area.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

 

Fountain Formation by John Poltrack on 500px.com
The story of the geological upheaval can be seen in the sandstone

 

Fountain Formation by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Red Rocks

 

Fountain Formation by John Poltrack on 500px.com
View from the Red Rocks Trading Post. Don’t you think this photo resembles a painting?

 

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Bimini

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I was cold all day with the exception of the opportunity to play some music with local folks at a music jam. After a relatively warm winter, I awoke to a sub zero temperature (Fahrenheit). It seems like a good idea to post some warm photos. We attended a wedding in Bimini in May of 2009. Here are a few photos depicting warmer climes. Enjoy.

Sky, Water and Sand by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Sky, Ocean and Land

 

Bimini Beach by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Bimini

 

Throwback Thursday

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Good Morning, Today a look back 10 years, 5 years and one year for Throwback Thursday. All photos taken in New Ipswich, NH.

February 2006

Smithville Cemetery by John Poltrack on 500px.com
South Cemetery in Smithville, NH

 February 2011

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 February 2015

Serious Snowfall by John Poltrack on 500px.com
We had pjust about enough of this stuff in 2015

 

Breakwater North Light

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Good morning, spring is less than a month away. In May of 2006 we visited our daughter when she was running in the Burlington Marathon in Vermont. This photo was taken of the Breakwater North Light in Lake Champlain.

Lake Champlain - Burlington Breakwater North Light by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Burlington Breakwater North Light

 

 

Sam and Pickles

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Good morning readers, it’s throwback thursday. I’m featuring some photos taken 10 years ago in January of 2006.

Ten years ago we had two cats, Pickles and Sam. Pickles was a fierce hunter and warrior and preferred to be outside in any weather.  Sam was mellow and an easygoing. Sadly both are gone now.

Sam by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Sam the cat

 

Pickles and Sam by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Pickles and Sam

 

Sam by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Sam on the prowl

 

Nootka Island and Friendly Cove

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Battered by savage storms on their voyage from Hawaii and seeking a place to make repairs and to find fresh water, Captain James Cook with his ships Resolution and Discovery, limped into this bay on March 29,1778. While the British anchored their ‘floating islands,’ the First Nations people shouted from their canoes: “itchme nutka, itchme nutka,” meaning “go around, go round” to a better anchorage at Yuqout, but Cook misinterpreted their shouts, believing they were calling out Nootka as the name of the area. Despite this initial misunderstanding, he and his men stayed for more than a month here, becoming the first documented Europeans to set foot in British Columbia. – Yuquot (Friendly Cove) Today

Of course it did not fare well for the First Nation People once the Europeans started showing up and claiming everything for their own.

MV Uchuck

The MV Uchuck III is a converted 1942 Minesweeper that services Nootka Island and multiple camps and settlements in the area. It carries freight, passengers and kayakers. This photo was taken in the 1970s but not much had changed when I returned in 2004.

Church at Friendly Cove

The first building one encounters is a Roman Catholic Church built in 1956 to replace the one built by Father Brabant in 1889.

Nootka Island Church

Stained glass window in the church

Friendly Cove

The real surprise is the interior of the church which now serves as a cultural center.  The altar and pulpit have been replaced with colorful native houseposts. Tucked away in the choir loft we found a few church remnants out of view.

Friendly Cove

Graveyard along the trail paralleling Friendly Cove.

Friendly Cove

Looking back at the Church along Friendly Cove. The beach is deceiving, it is not sandy, but made up of small polished stones. Walking along the shoreline is similar to walking on ball bearings.

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We rented a cabin at the far end of Friendly Cove. We were unable to fasten the door because an earlier earthquake had shifted the frame. This was an issue because we were nervous that we might get a visit from a bear. We dined on fish the entire week.

Nootka Island in July

Our friends were hiking the trail while we stayed in the cabin. During the day we explored some of the tide pools and socialized with our relatives.

Nootka Island in July

It is an incredibly beautiful place