Dancing for Rain! A Colorado Wildfire Photo Essay

My husband Danny and I escaped from the scorching temperatures in Boulder, Colorado and drove to the mountains. The temperatures at 2 miles high still reached the high 80’s! This time of year the wildflowers bloom, but it has been too dry. I need to start doing a rain dance.

We stopped at a car show in Vail. Some of the colors reminded me of Popsicles. Which color Lamborghini would you choose?

 A Lamborghini traffic jam.


 

I kinda like the white one!

Most buildings don’t have air conditioning and have to circulate air the old-fashioned way.

Pretty quiet in Vail for a Saturday.

Not too much was happening so we traveled to the tiny mountain town of Minturn. The people were very friendly and Danny pointed out a great “rest stop,” but we forged ahead.

We stopped at Redcliff which can only be entered by a narrow mountain pass. The sleepy town had a few wonderful photo opportunities.

“His” and “hers” snowmobiles. Check out the recycled fence!

The Pit Bull behind the ski fence didn’t seem so friendly.

I had to pull over to take some shots of the trout stream. You can see the devastating effects of beetle kill.

These were lodgepole pines. The beetles have left the other varieties alone, so far.

Around each corner was another grand vista.

As we continued our day trip, we noticed smoke ahead.

We worried that the fire was in Leadville

We were somewhat relieved to see it was in an underpopulated area on Highway 91.

Trees went up in flames like torches.

We said a prayer for the families being evacuated and fire fighters risking their lives.

The helicopter carrying the small red pail full of water seemed so useless against the spreading wildfire. We stood helpless with several others on the side of the road. Although this fire was in its very early stages, we could see how treacherous fighting these types of fires can be.

When we arrived back in Breckenridge, we pulled out a chess set and sat on the deck. Ash began falling from the sky.

Later we found out that 5 new fires broke out in the State of Colorado on Saturday. The one that we witnessed is called the Treasure Fire and has burned 320 acres. A fire outside of Estes Park has already consumed 22 houses and has grown to 6000 acres. By Monday it was 100% contained. Whew! While another blaze started at the Garden of the Gods (a rock formation), outside of Colorado Springs. It has been almost three weeks since the High Park fire started. It has burned over 83,000 acres, destroyed 248 homes and is 45% contained. We haven’t begun the dry month of July and our State is on fire, burning over 109,000 acres.

Ash-filled clouds

We could use a soaking rain. A few drops pattered on our car’s windshield while driving down the mountain. I mentioned my idea of rain dancing and hoped the Wiccans and Native Americans in the area were out there in full force! They have danced for rain during  past droughts.

While sitting down outside on our deck for a late supper, the wind kicked up. I walked to the front of the house and saw a massive thunderstorm raging over the wildfires in Estes Park and beyond in Fort Collins. Maybe they are dancing!

I am neither Wiccan nor Native American, but am going to keep on rain dancing! It can’t hurt.

“Oh really?” Roxy thinks, “It hurts just to watch you.”

How does she get in every one of my dances?


At 2:10 into this video there is a short and very old authentic clip of a Sioux tribe rain dancing. It is worth watching! I think those are old Ford automobiles in the background.


How to do a rain dance.

Will you be taking any road trips this summer? Do you have fire restrictions in your area?

This is the worst year on record for Colorado wildfires. Please keep the victims and firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.

Related articles: http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20120625/NEWS/120629917/1077&ParentProfile=1058

http://www.reporterherald.com/news/high-park-fire/ci_20933219/high-park-fire-more-residents-may-go-home

https://twitter.com/markLeads/status/217312127864676353/photo/1

UPDATE!

A fire broke out in the foothills around 2:00 this afternoon and is threatening the city of Boulder. There are 1000 people on pre-evacuation alert and my daughter Courtney packed her car and is moving home.

 The “Flagstaff Fire” is being fanned by high winds.

156 thoughts on “Dancing for Rain! A Colorado Wildfire Photo Essay

  1. I live in Tennessee now but I’m a native of Colorado, born in Denver. I talked to my mom this morning. She said the Boulder and Colorado Springs are in danger right now and evacuation is in process. Stay safe.

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    • Thanks for that! We live across the valley, but I don’t think anyone is safe this summer. With all the dry lightning it could start a fire anywhere…. I hope your relatives are okay too!

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  2. You cover like EVERYTHING in this post. Ms. Versatile Blogger of the Year is what you is. I was going to ask you about the wildfires, but those pictures really say it all. It’s such an incredibly massive event, it looks as if the sky is drowning, wow.
    As for the other pics, that ski fence is an amazing shot, love it.
    And my color Lambo? Green or caramel. Wouldn’t be caught dead with those colors on my current ride, but a Lambo is an altogether different beast.

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    • A BEAST is right!
      Thanks so much Cayman! I just checked and I can see smoke coming from the side of the Flatirons which isn’t good, but it rained and the temps are finally in the 80’s. Tomorrow it is supposed to hit 100 again! Crazy weather….Co. Springs is a different story. 257 homes lost so far and not close to being contained. It is so early in the year for this!
      Glad you liked the tour! You’ll have to come to Colorado to see “for real” sometime. :)

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  3. I’ll choose the bright green car…my daughter’s favorite color. Except she can only look at it. When I get her a vehicle, it’s going to be a tank. :)

    You and your family stay safe. I have just been stunned at the number of fires out west, especially in Colorado. Believe me, you have lots of prayers for them to be put out.

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    • Thanks Kristy! I would get her a car and strap a tire on the front and back bumper! Then she will bounce if she hits something! Good luck. Teaching the kids how to drive was soooooo stressful.
      The Flagstaff fire is 30% contained! Yeah! My rain dancing must be helping!
      Thanks so much for the prayers. So many homes have been lost already….

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    • It is so dry and we are getting thunderstorms producing lightning strikes every afternoon. I just hope that moisture will come up from the south. It is supposed to be dry and hit 100 again today. Unprecedented temperatures!
      Thank you so much Alarna!

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  4. Just wanted to say that you are still in my prayers, and thanks for the “like” on my photo blog. BTW, regardless of the circumstances, I think that your photo called “Ash-filled clouds” is quite beautiful, and excellent photography.

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    • With all that dancing, we have gotten a lot of rain that wasn’t predicted and lower temperatures. That has really helped the firefighters.
      The road trip had many photo-ops. Glad you enjoyed them!
      Thank you so much!

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  5. Your pictures are awesome. Such a beautiful State.. fire is awful. Sister lives in Denver– she sends daily pics of the fires. Devastating! Your East Coast pals willl keep dancing and keep praying for rain!

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  8. you are so full of life! love it! Keep on dancing! I’ll do a dance for CO as well!

    ps – thank you so much for your comment and suggestions … I had no idea about the tag thing…. i was tagging away : )

    el xoxo

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    • Thanks so much El! I have been amazed at the weather here. They didn’t predict it and the rain keeps coming! Dance on girl!
      Being blocked in the reader happened to me too! Just go back a couple of posts and take off the extra tags and you’ll get out of WP jail. At least your comments aren’t going to spam like mine were!
      Have a great weekend!

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  9. Popsicles – absolutely. I can see that, popsicles on wheels. Oh, I have no idea what colour I would choose, but that lime is… how to say it… DELICIOUS!:)

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  11. Wow. One of my friends lives in Boulder and goes to University of Colorado. That’s some scary stuff but be careful. I always find myself astounded by the natural beauty of the place.

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    • My daughter Courtney lives on campus and moved home for a couple of days. They thought they would have it contained and there wasn’t any smoke coming up behind the Flatirons last night, but it is smokey today. I was so worried that it would burn Chautauqua. I am so glad that it is at 90%. Boulder is a beautiful place!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  12. These fires are just devastating.. I wonder if the dead beetle wood is so much drier it just explodes and spreads the fire more quickly? I’m glad you’re doing a rain-dance.. we all need to join in!! xo

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