Dan and I spent a really nice day with some good friends up in the mountains on Saturday. Our state has been in the news for weeks now, with all the forest fires we've had. The mountains are a virtual tinder box, due to dry weather and the devastation of millions of acres of forest by pine beetles, leaving trees dead and forests particularly susceptible to spreading fires.
People throughout the mountains have been taking measures to reduce the risk of fires around their property by cutting down trees close to structures.
In spite of all this, there were many signs of new growth and brilliant colors. New trees are popping up where trees were cut down just a year or so ago.
This little tree is loaded with pine cones.
Wildflowers grow in abundance. Blue lupine was out in all its glory.
Not sure what this is, but the splashes of yellow were sure pretty.
My favorite, wild roses. . .
Beautiful scenery. . .
And just more than a little nerve wracking when we stopped on this bridge for 15 minutes . . .especially for those of us with window seats!
Such a beautiful day, with wonderful friends. It doesn't get any better than that!