Annual church event

This year was the 19th Annual Alternative Fair at Evergreen Lutheran Church. An event that puts many in the community into the holiday spirit.

This gift fair differs in several ways from other gift fairs of the season. The vendors are all charities. 100% of the proceeds goes back to the charity. Local churches come together to pay for expenses, and to volunteer their time to man the event.

I love going and hearing about different charities. I meet kind and caring people from around the world and in the local area. I’m amazed at the clever and thoughtful ways people help each other.

The love flows in all directions from the gifts I buy. The charity is stronger, and the person I gift knows I love them. I can hear the person that made the item, “I made this with love.”

Evergreen Lake

I love early morning to walk Evergreen Lake while it is still quiet.It attracts a lot of visitors, particularly in the summer, but visitors and even most locals wait until mid-morning to show up. This is the time to watch the animals, listen to the birds, and enjoy the mirror like images on the surface of the water.

Near the lake house I found a small group of elk enjoying the water. Walking slowly through the water which reaches the top of their legs, they are not bothered by the ice cold water. They give me a glance and continue on their stroll.

A red-winged blackbird perches on the reeds behind the lake house. The small flash of color contrasts against the light straw color of the reeds and the bright green of the golf course beside the park. It flies from one perch to another, occasionally hidden from sight as it dips into the reeds.

Canadian geese follow each other while periodically calling out. Soon they will be joined b their chubby little chicks.

A cormorant swims near the boat docks. At first I watch the bird expose its body and then sink into the water leaving just a small dark head. Then I watch the bird disappear underwater, playing hide and seek. It is amazing how long it stays down and how far it swims while underwater.

I never know what I will see, but always know I will enjoy walk.

Stained glass

My Mother’s Day gift was a beginning stained glass workshop at Evergreen Center for the Arts. In five hours all six students got the feel for making stained glass and walked away with a completed project. Even better hanging in the window at home with sunlight coming through, the imperfections are’t visible, just the beautiful reflection of light in the colored glass.

I enjoy the workshops at the art and recreation centers. They give a chance to try a new hobby, to try equipment and supplies, to learn from the teacher where practice leads, to learn shortcuts, to learn how to avoid mistakes and to meet some really fun people.

I took a watercolor class several years ago to paint the wildflowers I was trying to learn. In the beginning family couldn’t guess the subject of my painting, but it fed my soul and got me outside, so that was okay.

I believe the beautiful of the area we live in encourages art classes. When I see the beauty outside my door the urge to catch those memories and to relive the feeling of wonder is strong.

Buchanan Recreation Center

Evergreen has two recreation centers. Being across from Elk Meadow Park this one has beautiful views. Trails surround the center and Bergen Park.They connect under the highway to Elk Meadow and many miles of trails.. The hiking trails are hidden from the highway by trees. Walking you notice nature instead of roads.

There are two ponds in front of the center that don’t quite freeze because of pumps that keep the water moving. The reflection of the center in the water of the open areas is beautiful. This is a view the business complex on the other side of the pond enjoy daily. And in the summer families fish these stocked ponds and play on the sculptures on shore. There is always something to see from the rec center and office windows.

Yak

This yak was born last summer and lives with a small group. I watched it stay with its mom for months. Then follow its mom. And finally venture out on its own.

Home base for this group surrounds a pond and is next to where they are fed. In the pond are often local geese or some Canadian geese that stop while flying through. Neither the geese or yak seem afraid of each other, or to have much interest in each other.

At Christmas time I saw the young yak walking of the frozen pond. It would walk to the middle of the pond and check out the dog house that had been home to the geese. Looking closer at the pond yak tracks crisscross and cover it. Apparently this new adventure is fun. I wonder is this will change the relationship of geese and yak.

First Big Snow

This weekend we had the first big snow of the winter. If would have been light and fluffy a month ago. Instead of flying off the deck from a broom it taunted the shovel and let your back know if was there.

Yesterday we were cacooned in gray. The temperature was near freezing so it was brisk, not cold. This morning it is cold but the sun is out and the sky back to Colorado blue. By the end of the day the trees with no longer carry their load and patches of grass with appear.

Today is a lazy day to watch the white fall to quickly return to the mountains.

Happy New Year Snow

This winter snow has not been often or heavy. On New Years Eve the snow fell lightly on and off all day and throughout the night. Waking up in 2019 the first thing to greet me was the cold.

Last Walks of 2018

Tonight there will be snow so today I’m enjoying cold weather with lots of sun at Elk Meadow. The fields are beautiful with tall grass bending gracefully in the morning light. Shadows play against the golden grasses and old buildings dot the landscape.

Bison

The bison stand in groups facing away from the wind. Yesterday the wind came up with gusts of 50 miles an hour. Today it is calming down, but not giving up.

This year there were more than eight bison born. Two I saw were white like the one on the far left in the photo. The babies are sheltered behind the group.

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