Posted by: highmountainmuse | August 17, 2009

Change of seasons

Grass turns to seed on the meadow below the Rio Grande Pyramid and La Ventana

Grass turns to seed on the meadow below the Rio Grande Pyramid and La Ventana

In a land where winter comes and stays for what feels like forever, summer is fast as she comes and goes in a passionate whirlwind, a fury of blaze and smoke in the wind, passing over the land in a bright wash of color, like a dancing girl in fancy dress twisting and turning across the stage for just one brief song and dance, only to fade again so quickly as the lights dim again…

The meadow begins to brown as the grass throws out its seeds in a last attempt to survive, insurance that the mountain will green again next year. For now the field is a rich amber and red as the seed heads take shape and flourish. The last glorious push of life with the soft and lacy seeds of grass waving in the August storms.

Next I look, it will have changed. The intense fury of summer will fade.  The lingering, leisurely, still and silent winter will return, gently unfolding her frigid arms, comforting us with the languid air of the long, cold winter.



  1. There is no way to improve on your discription .
    Just look at the picture and let your mind do the rest .

  2. I’m looking forward to see that change from Summer to Fall! Hopefully we’ll be there at a good time for the Aspens this year. I know it is beautiful any time of year!

  3. Gin, I guess ya’ll didn’t take the day off on Sunday.
    Anyway thanks for all ya’lls hospitality. I just love the mountains and I took home some more peaceful memories. I think we have a convert with Arley…she had a great time also.
    Did Becka get gone? She was great.
    Hope to see you next year.
    Waco Lisa

  4. Thanks, Lisa… Beka left this morning, her and Grill Chicken, on the road to the Pacific Northwest… you can be sure I’ll write a post about that… In the meanwhile, she’ll be sorely missed…

  5. Winter is coming early and quick this year if the nighttime temps are an indication.
    I have spent the last four weekends right where your photo was taken and not in many years have I seen frost so early and so strong.
    And Sat night at the bottom of Starvation it was just as cold at 4 AM!

    Wonderful to have a break in the “new” weather patterns.
    The older ones were more real.


  6. Greg,
    Thanks for writing and sharing. First, I agree about the chance of an early winter… And second, how great to hear from someone spending time up there, out there… and especially at Starvation Gulch!

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