It Takes my Breath Away

  1. I am blessed with my regular drives through Northern Colorado, Central Colorado, and Southern Wyoming with the most beautiful scenery. Last night, in the two hours or so before dusk I drove home to Wyoming. Between the suns beginnings it's decent, live stock of cattle and buffalo, and wildlife of antelope and prairie small animals; I held my breath at the countrysides' beauty.

    One picture is worth a thousand words so I will attempt to post a picture that I took last night while driving my 86 Volvo through Northern Colorado.

    I often listen to self-help and story tapes so the trip, though the trip is often long at two hours or more, it is very pleasant. I find I am able to unwind quite effectively and look forward to the traveling.

    Part of this post is to share with you the beauty I viewed last night. I am also curious as to positive encounters my colleagues on this board have in viewing and experiencing our beautiful country.

    What have you seen lately that takes your breath away?

    :wink2: B.
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  3. by   CATHYW
    My drive home takes a little over an hour. I live in the mountains of North Georgia. I work down in the Piedmont area, about 40 miles north of Atlanta, where everything is hustly-bustly. When I leave work, I head Northwest, leaving the big town and all of the smaller towns behind me. Then I turn right, and head up to the mountains. You are absolutely right-it is an excellent way to unwind, and think, and reflect. Anyway, as the road climbs into the mountains, I drive along the edge of a valley, over 700 feet below. Everything looks very small. At the top rim on the northwest side are the mountains! Frequently, the sun is setting behind those mountains, and it is always a glorious site to see! The trees, weeds, and flowers vary with the season, and so does the view. At night, the critters (mostly deer) come out, and you have to be careful not to hit one. This is always an awesome ride for me!
  4. by   nightingale
    It sounds lovely Cathy. I caneinvision the sounds and views of the nearing twilight; thank you for sharing.

    Do you listen to tapes or music?

    One of my favorite all time tapes is, "The Man Who Listens to Horses", by Monty Roberts. The author, abused as a child by his father, compared his style of horse breaking to his fathers. He later became a sought after speaker for corporations to motivate managers into a gentler approach to productivity. The authors website is:

    http://www.montyroberts.com/

    I just finished listening to "A Beautiful Mind"; the story of John Nash. It is quite different then the movie.

    B.
    Last edit by nightingale on Jun 7, '02
  5. by   Ted
    We do have a beautiful country!

    My commute to work is also very pleasant with beautiful scenery. Love the Berkshire Mountains!

    Wonderful post!

    Ted
  6. by   nightingale
    TED!

    Did you say Birkshire Mountains? I am going to camp nurse in Elizaville this summer. Are you close by? How about a photo?

    B.
  7. by   LasVegasRN
    I am jealous. Let's see, my living-in-the-desert commute consists of sand. An occasional tumbleweed blowing by on the road. That wavy-water illusion that emits from the ground when the temperature hits 120+ in August. "Dirt-Devils" that are itty bitty tiny pseudo-tornadoes of dirt that blow by empty lots.



    Oh well, guess I'll go to the Mirage, sit in the lounge and enjoy the greenery.

    I'm still jealous. Hmpf!
  8. by   Ted
    Originally posted by nightngale1998
    TED!

    Did you say Birkshire Mountains? I am going to camp nurse in Elizaville this summer. Are you close by?
    I just sent you a PM. If we're talking about the same Berkshire Mountains and the town Elizaville, know that you have an invitation for a home cooked meal!

    Ted
  9. by   Mary Dover
    nightngale,
    I can just visualize what you're describing. I haven't been to Wyoming, but did visit Utah last November. I took some very scenic pics while there, including one of the sun setting over the Great Salt Lake, from my vantage point on a mountaintop overlooking the town of Bountiful. I have that one along with a couple of other shots taken between there and Park City (also a very scenic drive), framed to keep on the wall of my office, so that at least while working, I too can recall the splendor of nature. Doesn't it make life just so much more pleasant when we can take time to 'stop and smell the roses'?
    Mary
  10. by   nightingale
    Ted: thank you for the invite. I am not shy and hope we can work it out for dinner. How very lovely of you to invite me.

    Las Vegas:I hear ya! The desert is brutal; in that starkness (is that really a word?) its simplicity is so sobering. Yes, I remember the mirage.. you can get some greenery there! Maybe you and I will go there in August? We shall see if I can get something worked out.

    Mary:Yes, smelling the roses is so vital! It sounds like you have a "happy place" to go to at work to take advantage of PRN. You are such a beautiful and at peace person and I now I can see why.

    B.
  11. by   micro
    oh, yes I could......I truly could........

    been there recently, and I could definitely...........

    nightingale.....thanks for the memories........and the dreams.........:zzzzz :zzzzz :zzzzz
  12. by   live4today
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN
    I am jealous. Let's see, my living-in-the-desert commute consists of sand. An occasional tumbleweed blowing by on the road. That wavy-water illusion that emits from the ground when the temperature hits 120+ in August. "Dirt-Devils" that are itty bitty tiny pseudo-tornadoes of dirt that blow by empty lots.



    Oh well, guess I'll go to the Mirage, sit in the lounge and enjoy the greenery.

    I'm still jealous. Hmpf!
    Lasvegas, you are sooooo funny! Thanks for the laugh even if you didn't intend it to be funny, it made me laugh anyway because I've been in the desert like you describe, and couldn't help but let it tickle me funny bone! :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  13. by   live4today
    Originally posted by nightngale1998
    I am blessed with my regular drives through Northern Colorado, Central Colorado, and Southern Wyoming with the most beautiful scenery. Last night, in the two hours or so before dusk I drove home to Wyoming. Between the suns beginnings it's decent, live stock of cattle and buffalo, and wildlife of antelope and prairie small animals; I held my breath at the countrysides' beauty.

    One picture is worth a thousand words so I will attempt to post a picture that I took last night while driving my 86 Volvo through Northern Colorado.

    I often listen to self-help and story tapes so the trip, though the trip is often long at two hours or more, it is very pleasant. I find I am able to unwind quite effectively and look forward to the traveling.

    Part of this post is to share with you the beauty I viewed last night. I am also curious as to positive encounters my colleagues on this board have in viewing and experiencing our beautiful country.

    What have you seen lately that takes your breath away?

    :wink2: B.
    Nightngale1998, have you noticed the letters "XI" in the sky on your photo? What is that? I use to live in Colorado, and the Gardens of the Gods are gorgeous and breathtaking as are the surrounding mountains in that state! Thanks for sharing your trip and photo!
  14. by   nightingale
    Renee:

    I do not know what that is. Ofcourse some "quality" is lost when you convert to a smaller sized picture. HMMMMM...

    I wish I could have taken this other gorgeous view of a field of buffalos, the sun setting, and goldent fields...

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