Well, this is more like it.
Some sun! Arrhh-oo-oo!
Gotta admit the scenery in some spots on our jog is pretty darn spectacular on a nice morning.
That would be Pikes Peak in the background if you’re wondering.
The Goldenpea is already past peak.
Wish I would have had more time to appreciate them.
What a miserable day to be outside! Cloudy, windy, rainy, cold…blah. So what’s a basset to do? Stay warm in the bed Karen gave to me!
Perfect place on this day.
What a beautiful morning for a hike at Dawson’s Butte. Karen was so nice to take me!
It wasn’t just the beautiful weather either, cuz there were Pasqueflowers blooming along the trail.
Karen found some Columbine for me too!
And what’s this stuff?
Karen told me it’s called rabbit ears. Pretty cool, though I like the REAL rabbits out her front door better.
In the afternoon we went to the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary. Yup, got to spend some time with the mustangs. I miss my buddies at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.
Bet you didn’t know there are waterfalls all around here at Cutter’s Ridge. Like at the entrance where…
there are four waterfalls, two on each side of the road. I’ll woof you they’re not natural waterfalls. When it gets hot they’ll still be worth the cool down.
Dog oh dog, begging for treats all day long, chasing rabbits and prairie dogs, and getting treats from the kids around here sure does tire this Porter Basset right out. The landing on the stairs is a great place for a nap cuz I’m close to the kitchen and Karen’s office when sleeping here. Smart dog that I am!
Can you believe this?!!! More snow!
It wasn’t around long on this beautiful day, that did turn into a spring day. The wildflowers enjoyed the moisture. I even found some Goldenpea.
In more than one spot too!
Now this is spring, right here in this photo.
May the snow stay away!
Beautiful sky this morning with a nice breeze.
Kinda warm on our jog, but I managed.
I also managed to find some Bluebells!
Love these little guys.
Well, this sure is a sign of spring, some blossoms on the trees.
Mind you, I find the fire hydrant far more interesting, but I do welcome the flowers.
Dog oh dog, do I ever love the dog bed Karen bought for me. Combine the dog bed with a full length door window, and I’ll woof you it’s as good as it gets without being outside!
There are some spots close to Cutter’s Ridge where I can almost pretend I’m in the country.
Almost, but those McMansions pop up in the distance.
Believe or not the Prairie Dogs live right next to a small park with playground.
There’s one now!!!!
Sure would like to catch one!
We went for a drive to one of the lakes around Castle Rock.
Nice day for it.
Karen had her camera out.
Whoa! Gotta like this shot of a pelican in mid-flight.
And there was a Kodak moment of Karen and me.
I got down low for these wildflowers.
Still need to see more wildflowers. I’m missing them. I wonder how George’s Pasqueflower Patch is doing.
In the evening, well, how about this? A beautiful rainbow.
Nice day for this Porter Basset.
I gotta tell you that this was treat sorta day! My favorite kind.
Yup, Karen was way generous with the treats.
Even Sota got in on the action of treats!
Here I am in Lulu, Karen’s car.
Lulu’s a champ at carting Porter Bassets around. And the best part of Lulu rides is the food and treats!
There it is! A rascally rabbit right in front of Karen’s house.
Alas, I didn’t catch it. I’ll keep trying.
Prairie Dog play time again this morning! I was all eyes and ears.
Still having a hard time figuring out how to grab one of those varmints.
How far down do I have to dig?!!!!
The snow is gone. You might even think this green is proof of the end of winter.
But this is grass that stays green all year round. We don’t have anything like this in Edgemont! Smells like plastic too.
Still not getting photos of wildflowers, where are they? Well, there’s one way to get some flowers and that’s take some Hyacinth flowers with me.
They smell so sweet.
Another workday for Karen. I don’t know how she can do it! And she’s even smiling.
I did invite her to chase Prairie Dogs with me to relieve the workday stress; yeah, I’m a good basset.
Hey, at least the snow was melting…
But, more sun would have been nice. Dad did take me to Petsmart, which is always a good thing…especially when treats are involved…did I mention when beef treats are involved, buy one get one free?!!!! Arrrhh-ooo-oo!!!
In the evening we had a candlelight dinner of Cravings hamburgers. Bark about the best!
So there it is, more fricking snow! Geez!!
What’s a basset to do?
As usual the Sony NEX-7 can’t focus quickly enough for action. Dad should have have used Karen’s Nikon.
Okay, it wasn’t all that bad. The sun was out and now the snow is melting.
Dad managed to crash his body on our jog on the ice in the morning. I dunno know about him sometimes.
What can a basset bark about a spring day like this?!!!
Prairie Dog hunting day!!!! Bark about a lot of fun!
Karen brought her camera along…got some great shots of yours truly.
I never looked better, don’t you think?
Whew! All that digging and running does wear a Porter Basset out. And how about dirt on the tongue?
Proof of a good time.
Still not many wildflowers to view around here in Castle Rock.
Hoping they’ll be coming along soon. The SUN though…lots of that!!! Arrrhhh-oo-oo-o!
Pixel peeping time from yesterday’s macro photos.
Have I barked before how much I just don’t get all the different colors and white balances of all the different digital cameras and the RAW processing programs? Sigh, I think I’ll go back to film…giddyup!!!
The same photo in ersatz Kodachrome digital post processing.
Yup, bring on the film!
Since it was a beautiful Ponderosa Sky day with warm temperatures,
I decided to take Karen’s Nikon D800E with the 60mm macro lens and compare it to the Sony NEX-7 30mm macro lens combo:
There’s no doubt that the D800E pulls in a tremendous amount of detail, but I see I’ll have to play with it more using DxO Optics Pro to get the colors and sharpening. Tomorrow, I’ll do some pixel peeping.
The morning started out pretty well for our jog.
There’s a little bit of wildflower activity here at Cutter’s Ridge, but not like in the National Forest area around Edgemont.
I’m kinda thinking that will change in the next couple of weeks, particularly as the temperature has gotten above 70 degrees.
Not a bad day for a jog through the rich area of Diamond Ridge.
Gotta admit the view is pretty darn good for the houses there.
We went out to see Sota, where I lazed around and enjoyed the new spring grass popping up.
Cutter Ridge. Yup, that’s where I’m staying now.
You might wonder the reason for the name. It has to do with horses, I’ll woof you. How appropriate for Karen’s home, don’t you think? And here’s what cutting means:
Cutting is an equestrian event in the western riding style where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a single animal away from a cattle herd and keep it away for a short period of time.
I was looking at the mountains this morning, kinda hoping that I would get to them someday.
And how about that?!!!! Today was a road trip into the mountains!
Kinda reminded me of where I was raised, that being Jackson, Wyoming.
We went to see Karen’s friend, Irma, where we had a scrumptious dinner and where I got lots and lots of attention from one of Karen’s favoritest people, Lena from Italy.
You know what’s cool about starting out the day in Castle Rock?
I get to plan my day thinking of helping Karen in the kitchen.
Yup, I’m there for her.
Big news, Lulu, Karen’s Buick, passed the 200,000 mile mark, when we went to see Karen’s mom.
That’s a lot of paw prints!
Oh bark about it…look at the snow from yesterday.
Sure would be nice to be done with the stuff.
Dad and I jogged through the ritzy area of Diamond Ridge in Castle Rock. You would think with all the McMansions along this road, there would be plenty of great things to eat inside each and every one.
I’ll have to woof at a few doors and ask;-)
Here’s that four letter word that dad and I avoid using: work
Yup, that’s Karen in her office and she’s working I try to cheer her up by pestering her for treats every few minutes. Having a basset around the house is the right thing to do.
So here dad and I were enjoying the great Colorado weather, and what did it do this morning?!!! Snow!!! The nerve!!!
I did have fun playing in it with Grey Cow.
Right in front of Karen’s front door.
Come late afternoon…much better, some sun.
Bark about a lot more sun here in Castle Rock than in Edgemont. Sure makes for a great time playing outdoors. I even tried out some of the kids’ playground.
I’ll admit I’m not well built for slides, but I can get down quickly.
Even better than the playground for this Porter is the hunt for Prairie Dogs!
Nope! Didn’t get one again!!!!!
Another beautiful morning for out jog. We even found some Ponderosa Sky, which just goes to show that there is some of it Castle Rock.
Bit of a brisk wind kept my ears moving.
I’m hoping to go see Sota in the afternoon. Dad pulled out of the freezer some hamburgers for this evening. Life is good!
Karen took this photo of dad and me on March 24th. I’ll admit my attention was elsewhere than the camera. “Sandwich, please?”
Bark about nice running under the blue sky. Yup, a basset sure could get use to this.
I’ll woof you the land of McMansions does have its good points.
After each jog dad lets me chase around the Prairie Dog village. Can’t forget those rabbits outside Karen’s place too! Great place for this Porter Basset.
How this? Yup, it’s me at Karen’s place.
We went out on this day to meet Sota. He’s cool guy alright.
I think we look pretty cool together.
Though I’ll bark you now, Sota sure can be a pistol. Look at him go!!!
Bark about dad keeping me busy!! How am I supposed to keep up my blog when he’s got me running all the time. Well, I’m hoping things will be slower for me compared to the last ten days.
So what have I been doing? Traveling with Karen and dad and visiting places I’ve never been before. How about the basset hound statue in Loveland, CO?
Yup, George had been here too in 2008. It’s a special place for any basset hound.
I barked to Karen, “Gotta get in the photo with me, please!”
Of course, getting dad in the photo…well, grr-rr–r, he’s more stubborn than a hound dog.
Road TRIP!!! Yup, for the first time in ages dad and I hopped into Basset1 for a long drive to be with Karen in Colorado.
I sure was looking forward to meeting Sota and visiting the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary and, and, well, getting treats and good food from Karen.
Dad and I had great jog and then a hike on Prince’s Plume Trail.
Way too soon for any Prince’s Plume flowers, but they’ll be coming along now that the first day of spring has arrived.
Well, well (couldn’t resist the pun), the oil well at the start of Prince’s Plume Trail was running today. That’s a first for us to see.
Nice view of an intermodal train this morning as it came around the bend for Edgemont.
George sure did look handsome in snow.
March 19, 2006
And I sure looked handsome on my first trip to the Red Cliffs in 2010.
Road trip for dad and me tomorrow! We’re going to see Karen and Sota!
A little windy, but pretty good morning for our jog on Windsong Rise.
Turned out to be a big sky day with plenty of wind. Sure makes a basset feel alive!!!
George was catching the early morning light on Red Canyon Rim Trail in 2009.
While I was catching some z’s in my favorite chair in 2010.
After our run on Windsong Rise this morning, dad and I decided to have a Kodak moment together.
It’s still all about me however, so come sunset time…yup! Me!
Warm day with lots of clouds. Snow tomorrow?
George was catching the sunrise on Mathias Peak in 2009.
Porter was catching the sunrise at the airport in 2010.