The Changing Seasons: How I observe them in The Rockies

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My mountain is my thermometer. It's right there, visible, and telling me the change of seasons better than my thermometer can.

Winter

Looking out at the mountains in front of my home, I can watch Winter "coming down the mountain" as the first snow covers the very top, and subsequent snows steadily cover the remainder.

As the snow level descends, so do the average highs and lows displayed on the outdoor thermometer, but the mountain is the best reflection of what is coming as Winter arrives.


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Spring

As the weather warms at the end of each winter, I watch the snow melting and green beginning to appear as Spring "climbs" up the mountain.

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Summer

My west side of the mountain never retains any snow, even at its peak, for the Summer temperatures of July and August are hot enough to melt the snow that remained at the end of spring.

I like to think of the snow's disappearance as if Summer had climbed over the mountain, for indeed there is a small glacier on the east side of the mountain that keeps Robert Redford's Sundance Resort a little cooler even in the heat of Summer.

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Fall

Fall with its increasing coolness is still displayed on the mountain. Gradually the leaves of the scrub oak and aspens on the mountainside change into their Halloween colors, and Fall is here once more.


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The sounds of local football games and the marching bands echo off the mountainside, and I watch to see when Winter will once again be "coming down the mountain" to usher in another year, another cycle.

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Perspycacious 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Here's my hope you will leave a comment or two here.


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FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

What a beautiful place you live in. I live an hour from the ocean and three hours from the mountains, in the suburbs of a medium sized city. I love fall and spring the best. Winter tends to be very mild and summer pretty brutal with the temperatures. I used to live in a beautiful mountainous area and had the most amazing vista right outside my front door. it was like heaven.


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Perspycacious 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - Thanks for visiting again. Moving from a place "like heaven" to a place "pretty brutal with the temperatures" sounds like taking steps the Bible warns against! ; - )


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teaches12345 3 months ago

Fall is my favorite time of year and I see it is even more beautiful in the Rockies. Thanks for writing such an inspirational post.


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Perspycacious 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

teaches12345 - One of my favorites, too, but all too short here. Have a great end-of-summer.


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DDE 3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Beautiful changes! I like all seasons! You shared lovely photos.


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Perspycacious 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

DDE - I presume you also get all seasons in Croatia?


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aviannovice 3 months ago from Stillwater, OK

No matter what time of year, that scenic mountain stays beautiful. What grand sights.


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Perspycacious 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Yes. And we have the bird migrations, too. Happy September.


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Perspycacious 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Yes. And we have the bird migrations, too. Happy September.

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