La Veta, Colorado

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22 Responses to La Veta, Colorado

  1. Laurie Ridyard says:

    Please identify the birds in your photos.

    • MrGrimnasty says:

      If you google Colorado birds there’s plenty of resources……. which leads me to believe it’s a Western Meadowlark, but mistakes can be made!

  2. Bob Hoye says:

    Interesting rock spur.
    Parts of it look like columnar jointed basalt.

  3. Stewart Pid says:

    Spanish Peak?
    Fine looking bunch of dikes.
    My winter weather (Calgary) ends today … finally!!

  4. Ed Bo says:

    That’s a climate emergency if ever I saw one!

  5. GeologyJim says:

    Spectacular afternoon lighting on the Spanish Peaks, Tony, really highlights the dikes on the landscape. One of my favorite spots in Colorado

  6. GW Smith says:

    Amazing rock wall appears to be another effect of electromagnetic discharging, similar to Shiprock, New Mexico.

  7. MrGrimnasty says:

    Those landscape photos are immense. Superb.

  8. rah says:

    Have a Baltimore Oriole at my feeder block this morning. Very rare. Only had one once before in the decade I’ve been feeding the birds.

  9. JCalvertN(UK) says:

    The Great Walls of Walsenburg! Fantastic!

    • Disillusioned says:

      Amazing. I want to know the geology behind that.

      • JCalvertN(UK) says:

        They’re igneous dikes.
        As the volcano at the centre smashed up through the earth’s crust, the crust sort of shattered in a radial pattern like a cracked window. Molten lava then pushed up through the crack and then hardened. Being much harder than the surrounding ground, was left protruding when the surrounding ground had eroded away. The geological map for the Spanish Peaks area shows a very impressive radiating pattern.

      • R Shearer says:

        Those things appear up and down the front range of Colorado. In the Golden area, Coors mined them for kaolin to make porcelain ware during prohibition (forming the basis of Coors Ceramics).

        I wonder if they were mined near La Vita?

        • rah says:

          Coors also got into the industrial ceramics since the bauxite mined to make aluminum for their cans also can be processed to get alumina oxide which is a very hard component used in ceramics for electrical insulators and abrasive resistant ceramics.

  10. IpsieDixit says:

    Photo no. 4: western meadowlark cries in despair at impending climate-change-related doom.


    • MrGrimnasty says:

      The CO2 pollution has made the bushes grow too quickly, the branches are too twiggy for the Lark’s tiny feet. His feet get sore as he has to grip harder and harder. Sooner or later he will swivel upside down, he never evolved to be upside down, and he can’t self-right. He will hang their as the sun turns his flesh to jerky, the withered feathered skeleton a flag to man’s stupidity, his innocent babies will painfully starve in the nest, and his distressed widow will commit harakiri on a barbed-wire fence.

      That’s a more Attenbollox style these days.

  11. David of Aussie says:

    As Maxwell Smart would say. “It’s a yellow bellied sap sucker”.

  12. just a thought says:

    Pretty awesome photos, as usual.

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