Snowed in Colorado Style

As if having a White Christmas wasn’t wonderful enough, we are now trapped in Colorado Springs due to what the media is now calling “The Holiday Blizzard of ’06… Part Two!” I know many of you feel our pain and suffering, especially our friends back home in wet Chicago. Please remember us in your prayers… our next flight is scheduled for Saturday when the “Part Three” of this blizzard is being predicted after a projected break tomorrow. Seems we may end up beginning the New Year still trapped in Colorado. Here are some of the pictures I took this morning. Enjoy the VIDEO at the end for even more.

BONUS: All pictures in this post can be clicked on for much larger resolutions.

You can see just how miserable I am. Poor me.

As soon as the snow started falling, my dad got me out of
bed and we headed out to take pictures.

Our destination was a local park called Palmer Park, a surprising large park in the heart of Colorado Springs. It has three separate entrances, none of which intersec to prevent through traffic. In the picture above you can see across the valley that divides the two main roads of the park. Much of it was too far to photograph well, if even to see with the thick falling snow.

There is just something breath taking about being out in the
woods while fresh clean beautiful snow is falling and sticking to everything.

We were the only car in the entire park, and other than one jogger,
had the place completely to ourselves.

God’s Handiwork is seen not only in the large and vast scenery,
but in the small and often overlooked as well.

This freezing pine cone may one day become one of the giant trees standing around it. Every great tree was once a seed… but those in children’s ministry understand that well!

As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater…

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11

Thus you will walk in the ways of good men
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
Proverbs 2:20

Even in the rocks, the hard places, life can still grow,
and both equally enjoy the refreshment of the snow.

Evergreens are a favorite of mine. No matter what the environment,
no matter what the weather or external situation they find themselves in,
they stay green and full of life.

These stones looked to me like steps leading to a Stone Tablet.

Here am I, among the trees, feeling completely at home.

A mix of lifeless branches covered with snow…
lifeless now, but the very snow upon them
hold the secret to new life in the Spring

Simply Beautiful. Proof of God. Period.

I love the blend of snow on rocks and trees. Difficult to capture on film, but you can’t help but wanting to somehow take part of this home with you, and to share with others who could not be there. Perhaps that is the secret motive of photographers, to capture what is fleeting in the vain hope of keeping the past at least a little bit accessible always in the present.

Much Thanks to my Dad and his 4×4 for driving me around. Here you see the slide marks from one of the times I said, “Oh! Stop here!” and jumped out with my camera.

May your days be merry and bright…
And may all your Christmas’s be white.
ENJOY THIS VIDEO
with more beautiful pictures of the
White Christmas in Colorado 2006
(snowday-in-colorado-karlb.mp4 25.3mb)

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Karl Bastian is the founder of Kidology.org, the creator of ToyboxTales.com, and the author of OrderoftheAncient.com. His personal website is Kidologist.com He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.

2 Comments:

  1. Steve and I are SO jealous of you and Sara. We LOVE snow and would love to be snowed in. Weather here in Chicago has been mild and boring! :(

  2. I want to move to CO! I was referred to your site by Kim Craig, who is in my LifeGroup (church small group). We’ll have to plan a vacation there, but find it hard when we live in the Seattle area with such beautiful country.

    I noticed that some of your snow shots are underexposed. Your light meter is set to find middle gray, so in snow you need to overexpose above the meter reading by two stops or so.

    Randy
    Randal R. Ketchem Photography
    rrkphoto.com

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