We're spoiled here in Colorado with about 300 days a year of sunshine. So, gray skies yesterday and this morning seemed to color the world morose. However, we had a fun evening ski with our best furry friend, JB, who joined us to romp in the snow.
Clouds hid the sunset but the spirits of the dogs didn't match the cloudy atmosphere.
The dogs seemed wired from being on their best behavior for days. K careened around the forest with her friends but came when called.
Lots of wild stick wrestling dominated the ski.
This morning, although the forecast insisted that it would be a sunny day, the skies still hung low and dark with snow showering through the air.
Then, suddenly, around noon, blue sky blasted through the clouds, beckoning us out for an adventure. Even the moon shined low in the sky, captured near the bottom of the photo.
We skiied up to see our mountains brightly shining with new snow behind our jet-black R.
A closer look at those snowy peaks awed me. I feel such peace when I imagine myself hiking though summer wildflowers in those mountains. And, I'm mentally insisting that I'll be capable of those hikes by next spring.
Although it was mid-afternoon, the lazy sun arced close to the horizon, casting long shadows from trees, boulders, and R.
Yesterday, I mentioned that a coyote visited our clearing in midafternoon. We've learned to recognize this particular coyote because she's visited regularly since last May. As of yesterday, she has a new ear injury. In the photo below, her right ear has a torn spot, as if she was recently injured in a fight. I wonder what happened to her. Perhaps she fought with another coyote over territory. That guess topped my list because this coyote is the only one who frequently appears alone. Occasionally, she appears with two others, who always travel as a pair. That pair may be the dominant breeding couple of our territory and may be trying to drive this one out. It's also possible that this coyote tussled with a bobcat or lion, escaping relatively unscathed with only a torn ear.She's still beautiful despite the torn ear, in my opinion.