Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekly Top Shot - Open For Business

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This could fall under "shameless promotion", but this is not only my "top shot" this week, it's the one I'm most excited about. Our Fine Art & Consignment shop 
is now open for business.My blog on living and loving all things cottage: architecture, gardens, decor, food, hospitality and more. Come with me and explore the beauty and simplicity of a cottage life.

I am a freelance writer, photographer and year-round resident of Estes Park, Colorado -- gateway to the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. My husband artist Dennis Reinke and I live on a half-acre homestead at the base of Prospect Mountain.Our home is a 1926 cabin we purchased and completely renovated ourselves with the help of our friend Will.Dennis and I were married on Valentine's Day 2010 at The Fawnbrook Inn, a magical place in Allenspark, CO. I relocated from Ohio to Estes Park where Dennis is an established visual artist.

Dennis and I were married on Valentine's Day 2010 at The Fawnbrook Inn, a magical place in Allenspark, CO. I relocated from Ohio to Estes Park where Dennis is an established visual artist.

My Joyful Altitude blog journey began on May 3, 2010. I've always enjoyed writing. As a little girl I played "journalist" and made up newspaper stories.

When Dennis gave me his spare digital camera, I discovered a new passion: photography. On August 3, 2010 I combined my passions for writing and photography in my second blog Mountain Manna Devotionals.

In my first Joyful Altitude post, Joy 7,522 Feet Above Sea Level, I wrote: "I started this blog in an effort to hone my writing skills, as well as journal my life in Estes Park, Colorado...a high altitude location." I didn't realize then how much God would teach me through blogging and that through it He would encourage others in their faith walk. Nor did I dream that He would open doors for my writing to reach outside cyberland.

I take none of the credit or the glory. It all belongs to my Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him I would not have the freedom (both spiritual and emotional) to live and write the way I do.

Dennis and I are very blessed to be able to do what we love.We are surrounded by God's beautiful creation.Wildlife visits us daily.Sunrises like this one inspire me to worship our Creator.

Dennis and I are on a joyful journey together. Following God and allowing Him to work through us. We're not perfect. Far from it. But we have an awesome God who loves us and teaches us every day.

 



A Joyful Cottage is located at 
300 E. Elkhorn Avenue, Suite #304 
in downtown Estes Park, Colorado.
Just steps from River Walk.


Stop by if you're in the neighborhood. :)

Blessings,

Nancy



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Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday's Fences - My Kind of Colorado

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To me this picture is pure Colorado: big sky and wide open spaces, majestic mountains, split rain fences and horses. The photo is a few weeks old, so everything's still a little "brown". But I would be remiss in not showing the beauty of God's creation seen here.
From the highest sand dunes in North America at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve to 54 Rocky Mountain peaks that rise over 14,000 feet to red-rock formations that seem to rip from the earth to the rolling grasslands of the eastern plains, Colorado has one of the most unique and varied natural landscapes in the world — and it’s a playground for discovery year-round.
In spring and summer, you’ll find it impossible to resist the call of Colorado’s emerald-green national forests, fields of vibrant wildflowers and shores of crystalline lakes.
Colorado’s fall beauty begs to be explored, as well, when autumn-color pilgrims seek hillsides blanketed with aspens and rivers lined with cottonwoods in shimmering hues of gold and red.
In winter, there’s no more peaceful scene than snowflakes falling silently on the branches of evergreen trees as you pass by on crisp morning stroll.
From the heights of the purple mountains majesty of Rocky Mountain National Park to deep canyons carved by the Colorado River, it’s impossible to catalog all the locations in Colorado where you’ll meet Mother Nature face to face and find few words to describe her magnificence.
When I began to photograph the majestic Rocky Mountain scenery and wildlife that surrounds me, God showered me with visual blessings. I became more aware of the creative beauty our Lord possesses and the grace and love that He bestows upon us through His handiwork. Praise overflowed from my heart in gleeful response. Mountain Manna Devotionals was born out of that praise.
Mountain Manna is a daily devotional site that I hope will encourage you and lead you into a more intimate relationship with God.


Blessings,

Nancy

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rural Thursday - No Lawn Mower Required

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Suddenly the landscape is green again. The temperature has been in the 70's and yesterday we receive a little rain.
During the night I actually heard thunder 
and saw flashes of lightning. 
The elk have returned to our homestead to graze.
Soon the wildflowers will show up.
Ahhh spring, when a young man's fancy turns to love and the elk mow the grass for us.
It doesn't get any better than this.For over a decade Colorado Landscaping and Patio has been a leader in custom, high-quality design of landscapes and outdoor living spaces.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves and bark. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females.

What's going on in your rural world?

Blessings,

Nancy

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Rural Thursday - First Week in April on the Homestead


The snow melted and we discovered a big mound in our yard. Dennis thinks it could be a badger burrow. Last night I dreamed in Disney animation about a badger, a bunny, a bear and a skunk. They stood on a little knoll and talked to each other in Brooklyn accents. I'm worried. 
From west to east, the land of Colorado consists of desert lands, desert plateaus, alpine mountains, National Forests, relatively flat grasslands, scattered forests, buttes, and canyons in the western edge of the Great Plains. The famous Pikes Peak is located just west of Colorado Springs. Its isolated peak is visible from nearly the Kansas border on clear days, and also far to the north and the south.
California's Colorado Desert is a part of the larger Sonoran Desert, which extends across southwest North America. The Colorado Desert region encompasses approximately 7 million acres (2,800,000 ha), reaching from Northwest Mexico border regions in the south to the higher-elevation Mojave Desert in the north and from the Colorado River in the east to the Laguna Mountains of the Peninsular Ranges in the west.
The area includes the heavily irrigated Coachella and Imperial Valleys. The Colorado Desert is home to many unique flora and fauna, many of which can be found nowhere else on the planet.
Here's hoping all your dreams are happy ones.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Elk Walk


The warm temperatures this week have brought the elk down to graze in the green grass. On our way downtown this morning we drove past a crowd hiking toward the golf course, some stopping to nibble along the way. I managed to get a few drive-by photos.Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves and bark. Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females.Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced. Elk are susceptible to a number of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to livestock. Efforts to eliminate infectious diseases from elk populations, largely through vaccination, have had mixed success.