Thursday, April 11, 2013

Caught on Instagram: A Long Winter Goodbye

Happy Saturday from the Rocky Mountains!

Our family lives for snow days from November through the first of April.  There's nothing like playing in a wonderland of brilliant white snow.  Of course, we also enjoy the cozy warmth of home, and relish any excuse to stay cuddled in our pj's for the day.

That is the promise of winter.  Soft, quiet mornings with coffee in the studio.  Blanketed movie evenings with popcorn in front of the fire.  Winter provides time to be together, time to slow down, and time to think.

A little Monday #inspiration #snow #quote

Our "Spring" breaks often occur in the Rocky Mountains, where we hope to be surrounded by feet of snow, as we are tightly bundled in our gear and floating down the slopes on our snowboards.  This year, we were treated to brilliant bluebird skies, as well as feet of freshly fallen powdered sugar snow.

Amazing powder day at #Breckenridge! #snow

We took advantage of all of that soft, cushiony snow to adventure farther up the mountain than ever before!

Here we are as we were making our way down from the highest ski lift in North America (the Imperial Express at Breckenridge):

This was me and my family on the slope down from the highest chair lift in North America last week! #snow #snowboarding

Winter is enjoying it's very last moments in Colorado,  and we are excitedly welcoming the warmth and color of a new season.
(But it is STILL snowing....)

It's another #snow day in Colorado today!

Despite the persistent snow, spring is sprouting!  Tender shoots of green can be found peeking up from the ground.

Despite the persistent snow, #spring is sprouting in Colorado!

The sun was shining bright and warm today, beckoning the sleepy trees to "Wake up!"

The sun is shining bright and warm, beckoning the trees to "Wake up!" #spring

Teeny, tiny buds are starting to promise a show of spring blossoms.
But they aren't ready yet.

Teeny, tiny buds are beginning to make promises of #spring flowers

Lush and verdant, the vivid spring carpet of green begins to overtake the dead brown of winter and the icy remains of its final snows.

Lush and verdant, the vivid #spring carpet of green begins to overtake the dead brown of winter and the icy remains of its final snows

The home and garden stores now have racks and racks of beautiful green, and color-filled flowering plants waiting just a bit for slightly warmer weather.  Soon gardeners like myself will be searching for the perfect new additions to our garden and landscape.
But it's not quite time yet.

Racks and racks of fresh plants and flowers are waiting to be moved outside of Home Depot in Parker! I'm getting excited to get out and plant!

So we'll dream a bit longer about balmy breezes, colorful blooms, and digging in the soft earth to nurture more life in the garden.
It's almost here, but not quite yet.

Until then....

We saw such a beautiful #sunset over the mountains on our drive home this evening. It was quiet and peaceful. I hope I #dream these colors tonight!

All of these photos are from my Instagram photo stream, @elysianstudios.  Join me to share photos!  Just let me know your username and I will follow you too!

How is Spring sprouting where you live? 


  1. beautiful. words and photos. that one photo is still my favorite :-)

  2. Thank you so much Christine! I love that photo too (third one from the top)- though I couldn't figure out how to capture just how deep the snow was that day!

  3. oh that looks like so much fun! I remember spring skiing in CO when I was in college .. good times!

  4. There's something about snowy pictures... I don't know what it is, but even though we're just coming through a long winter those are my favourites!

    Looks like you all had a grand old time in the hills. Your photos are brilliant!

  5. Thank you so much, Antiquity and Michele! We love living in CO! I agree Michele, the white of snow just makes the landscape so pretty!


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