Tuesday, January 09, 2007

cemetery at dawn

shrouded in fog and snow

state of grace


At 11:11 PM, Anonymous hubs said...


At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Val said...

Fascinating pictures. They show some depth and intrigue. I imagine them as the cover pictures on novels - they seem to suggest a story...

Also, on the whole snow event in the Denver area, I received an email this morning originally written by someone who lives there and it's been passed around. It's a pretty interesting perspective. Here it is:

We've all seen the snow in Denver on the news and the horrible conditions that hit the people there.
Weather Bulletin - Denver

Up here, in the "Mile-High City", we just recovered from a Historic event--- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" --- with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.


George Bush did not come.

FEMA did nothing.

No one howled for the government.

No one blamed the government.

No one even uttered an expletive on TV.

Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.

Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.

Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.

CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit - or report on this category 5 snowstorm. Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.

No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.

No one looted.

Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the government do something.

Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.

No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah (who said white Americans failed the Katrina "victims"), No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.

No Sean Penn, No Barbara Streisand, No Hollywood types to be found.

Nope, we just melted the snow for water.

Sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars.

The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.

Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.

Families took in the stranded people - total strangers.

We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.

We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die".

We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.

Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate."

It does seem that way, at least to me.

I hope this gets passed on.

Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does Not owe you a living.

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Monterey John said...

I saw that item Val posted and thought of you

My, that scene in the cemetary is bleak. Cold as death. Nicely done.

At 3:47 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Ptelea, both of these photos are fantastic, and on opposite ends of the spectrum. The cemetary, like John said, bleak and cold as death. The sunrise, full of beauty, hope, and second chances.

Now, even though I live below the 48th lattitude line, I have to agree with everything that he said! :-) Sounds like the blizzard was perfect, in a way. Any time that Jesse and Al don't visit your city, you're doing well!

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous hubs said...

that email val posted is horrible. there is no comparison between katrina and the colorado storms unless of course you're able shovel six feet of water out of your house.

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Ptelea said...


I thought about that email a lot and came to the same conclusion concerning the fallacy of comparing a few big snowstorms to the suffering and devastation that occurred due to Katrina. The descriptions of the storms here were inaccurate (no power outages to speak of in the Denver area) and I think the whole writing was politically motivated.

However, I do agree with the philosophy of doing things for yourself as much as possible and not relying on the government to provide everything for you. On the whole, Coloradoans behaved in a very generous way and most have taken their discomfort in stride.


Thanks for posting a very thought-provoking email!

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous hubs said...

well put ptelea. no offense intended val.


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