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14 October 2009

Valley of Contentment

I walked with my two loyal companions down the lightly packed trail on a cool October morning. The air was moist and earthy, lightly scented with pine. We reached the end of the path and sat on our favorite rock far above the Valley of Contentment, a name the Ute tribe gave the place that has become my home. The fog drifted between the foothills of the Rocky Mountains causing the peaks to become islands adrift in a sea of fluffy cloud. A solitary bird perched at the top of a pine and cheeped a lonely call across the empty space. Somewhere a few miles away a dog barked at a pack of coyotes yipping and yodeling in jubilation of the day. It was a moment in time that could have been today or 10,000 years ago. I rejoiced in it.

landscape of fog and mountains

bird in tree

coyote


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31 comments:

  1. Great pics as always, like the 1st photo particularly. Nice view..=)

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  2. Just incredibly beautiful, this breathtaking view over the mountains. Thanks for sharing this wonderful moments.

    sincerely

    veredit

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  3. Love those low clouds in the distance of the first picture! And I hope you had a big zoom lens to take such a close shot of that Coyote!

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  4. Breathtaking! Literally. I can't breathe...thank you for sharing these, Julie.
    Laurie
    http://madebyswirlygirl.blogspot.com

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  5. Really Really like the first photo. Always fun to visit your blog. Hope everything is going well for you.

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  6. Wow.....a truly magnificent view....I'm jealous.
    Would love to ride Cisco there :-)

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  7. I'm blown away! Great job once again. I need to teach my wild life to pose for the pics. By the time I grab to shoot they're outta the shot.

    Have a great day and enjoy your talent!

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  8. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

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  9. Today was magical. I was lucky to be a part of this unbelievable moment. Thank you all for sharing it with me!

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  10. Oh, Julie, such lovely pics. I looked at the Olympic photos carefully before I noticed where they were. I was thinking that, oh boy, this doesn't look like Colorado. Then I saw that they're from my part of the world. I enjoyed the black and white photo too. I don't see many of those anymore, but I like them for their clarity and the kinds of things they accent.

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  11. Ola, obrigada pela visita e pelo elogio. O seu sorriso é encantador, esta de acordo com as fotografias que estão expostas. Deus criador de tudo que é belo e que podemos contemplar.Se cada ser humano tira-se um segundo para admirar o que esta a sua volta de belo o mundo seria melhor. A natureza toca o homem de maneira especial, mas estamos perdendo a sensibilidade as pequenas coisas, como admirar um passaro sozinho admirando a sua existência a sua volta. Parabens belas fotografias, e que Deus conserve em seu coração a sensibilidade das suas lentes.

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  12. What a spectacular view. The bird was enjoying it too! A perfect spot for a photographer to make her home.

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  13. The clouds remind me of what I see and what I imagine when I'm in a plane flying somewhere - like lying on a big, soft, white, fluffy bed; with the open sky above me.

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  14. Your words speak so warmly of your home- Valley of Contentment. And, who wouldn't love this place with all its splendor. That fox is my favorite pic of the three. Hope all is well. Have a great night.

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  15. Julie, these are beautiful! The low lying clouds in the background of such a incredible view, make this a breathtaking image. I love your little bird too. It's so lovely as a black and white.

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  16. Just beautiful! Makes me want to go hiking---it's been awhile!

    Looks like the coyote is smiling for you!! Love it!
    Tracey

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  17. That is a photograph.
    A joy to watch. A joy to meditate. A salute towards God. Great click.

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  18. The first shot looks like a postcard, beautiful.

    Is that a mountain bluebird?

    Great shot of the coyote, he looks like he is laughing.

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  19. Thanks for bringing me along on your walk.
    :]

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  20. The story is as lovely as the photos...love the b&w bird on the tree top. :)

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  21. Love your story and photos! Makes me want to go and sit on that rock too!

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  22. Julie, what lovely words and beautiful images. Thank you for sharing it all with us.
    Peace, Judi

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  23. Valley of Contentment seems to be a favorite. I have to admit, I do not tire of the view either. Thanks for the kind comments!

    Michelle, the animal is a coyote. He's not near as handsome as the foxes I have seen. LOL

    McCasey, that is not a mountain bluebird. I can't tell you exactly what kind of bird it was, but it was gray. I do have a bluebird shot or two. Check out these archived posts if you are interested.

    http://juliemagerssoulen.blogspot.com/2009/03/western-bluebirds.html

    http://juliemagerssoulen.blogspot.com/2009/03/western-bluebird-art-print.html

    Cheers!
    Julie

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  25. I hope you used a telephoto lens because that there fox (or coyote) is to close for comfort for me...if you didn't and you survived the risk...YOU GO GIRL!!! BREATHTAKING.

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  26. When or how can I buy a print of the Valley of Contentment photo? Amazing photograph.

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  28. Thank you very much RunnerinLV. I will get in touch.

    Thanks thought fifteen! The coyote wasn't really that close.

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  29. i like the first photo very much!!! Super.

    greetings, jacekk
    www.foto.pwsk.pl

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  30. Great pictures, all of them! What a place to visit!

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