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Karen Shackles

Karen Shackles 

My heart is bound to the mountains, my feet are rooted in the forest, my soul soars above treeline, all of nature runs through my veins.

Occupation: I make Art

Location: her imagination

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Cream of the Crop: 09/28/2012

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Mountain Photos7,765*Best Mountain Photos Contest | January 2013* Upload only 1 (one) of your mountain photos with winter seasonal colors, shapes and snow directly from your disk to enter the contest and let us see your best seasonal mountain shot from anywhere in the world. From among all the pictures entered, most-plussed three will be selected as the winners by plusses (+1's) given by page visitors and they will be announced both on the event organizer +Mountain Photos theme page and the curator +Baki Karacay's page streams. *Terms & Conditions* *Monthly Theme*: Mountain photos with winter seasonal colors (Color or B&W, all the photos entered must have a *mountain with snow* as the main subject.) *Participation* –Follow (circle) +Mountain Photos theme Page first (Google+ requirement to enable the page to interact with your posts). Entries by unfollowers will be removed. –Upload *only one (1) entry of your original *mountain photos* which you own the copyright of. *Rules and Codes of Conduct* –All uploads must be made afresh limited from the Event page. (No time of shooting restriction, old and new photos will do.) –Do not tag your entry with any theme page. –All votes must be provided from the Event page only. If an entry receives plusses from outside the event page, e.g. the owners profile page or albums, it will be removed from the contest._(If you upload your photo directly to the event from your disk without first uploading to post or album, you can avoid plusses from outside the event)_. There is no occurrence of an error or violation of rules when your entry shows up in your personal stream with the intro: "Added *1* photo to Best Mountain Photos Contest | January 2013.  *Schedule*: Photo submission and voting will start simultaneously on Wednesday, January 2nd, 10:00 PM GMT when the red "+Add photos" button will be available on top of this event page. It will remain active until January 6th, Sunday around 10:00 PM GMT. During this period, G+ users can be invited to add photos and to vote. _(Use gray "Invite more people" button on the upper right side of this event page.)_ *Jury*: The jury is the event page visitors, including the competitors themselves. Anyone can vote and invite G+ users to vote by as much as +1's to their favorite pictures. (Participants are free to vote for their own submissions.) *Results*: At the end of the event, most plussed 3 photos, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners –listed as Event Highlights on top of the Event Page– will be announced to public on +Mountain Photos theme page stream and besides, the Circle of "Best Mountain Photo Competitors | January 2013" will be shared publicly. The winners will also be promoted in the page curator +Baki Karacay's page stream. So, come enjoy and have fun with this great event! If you are not able to submit a photo, feel free to vote by giving +1's for your favorite mountain photos! Good luck and cheers, +Baki Karacay   Curator of +Mountain Photos     http://gplus.to/mountainphotos Best Mountain Photos Contest | January 2013 | by Mountain Photos Theme Page2013-01-02 23:00:27111  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,273,161We'll finish our 366 project in several days! Are you happy about it? Or are you sad? Anyway, who not celebrate the fact that we're completing our missions! You can share two shots this time. *Please remember just two images!* 1) Your best or most favorite shot you took in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October- December). Add #Bestof4Q12Creative366  in the comment section after you post the image! 2) Your best or most favorite shot you took for the project this year. Add #BestofCreative366Project  in the comment section after you post the image! If you think those two tags are too complicated, forget them and just two of your images! But please add your comment in the comment section after you have posted them. *And if you are the one who failed to complete the mission and are thinking you are going to do it again next year, you can add your fav one you took for the project here!* One last thing: I have made this event "public." I might have missed inviting those who are participating this +Creative 366 Project, so if you know anyone who isn't here but is doing his/her project, please invite them! 366プロジェクトもあと数日で終わりです。うれしいですか。それとも、悲しい? どちらにしても、長かったミッションの終わりを皆で祝いましょう! 今回は写真を2枚シェアしてください。 *2枚だけです!* 1.10月~12月にプロジェクト用に撮った写真から、お気に入りの写真かベストの写真を1枚選んで投稿してください。 #Bestof4Q12Creative366  のタグを投稿後にコメント欄に入れてください。 2.プロジェクトのために撮った写真から、今年のベスト(もしくはお気に入り)! の写真を1枚選んで投稿して下さい。  #BestofCreative366Project  をタグとします。 タグが面倒なら、ただ2枚を選んで投稿してくださるだけで結構です。写真のコメント欄に、その写真の思い出などを書き添えていただけるとうれしいです。 そして、このプロジェクトに参加したのに途中で挫折した!来年こそは!という方も、ぜひこのイベントにご参加ください。挫折するまでに撮った写真をシェアしていただければ結構です。もちろん、来年への抱負も添えてくださいね!The Best of Your 3662012-12-30 16:00:0086  
Mountain Photos7,765*Best Mountain Photos Contest (B/W only) | November 2012* _*It's the first Wednesday of another month and is time to have another great fun with amazing mountain photos running for the month's Best Mountain Photos!*_ Come enjoy this great event! If you are not able to submit a photo, feel free to vote by giving +1's for your favorite mountain photos! *Theme*: Mountain Photos (*Black and White only*) *Rules for Participation* –Follow (circle) +Mountain Photos theme Page (required to enable the page to interact with your posts). –Upload *only one (1) entry of your original B/W photo* which you own the copyright of. There is no shooting date restriction for photos, your new or older shots will do. *Codes of Conduct* –You should not tag your entry with any theme page. –For a fair deal, all uploads must be made afresh/anew limited from the Event page and all votes must be provided from the Event page only. _(If you upload your photo directly to the event from your disk without first uploading to post or album, you can avoid plusses from outside the event)_. There is no occurrence of an error or violation of rules when your entry shows up in your personal stream with the intro: "Added *1* photo to Best Mountain Photos Contest (B/W only) | November 2012. –If an entry receives plusses from outside the event page, e.g. the owners profile page or albums, it will be removed without being rated. –If anyone does not abide by the rules, they will be removed from the event and they will have to ask for an invitation to participate again. *Durations*: Photo submission and voting will start simultaneously on Wednesday, November 7th 10:00 PM GMT when the red "+Add photos" button will be available on top of this event page. It will remain active for a three day period until November 10th, Saturday 10:00 PM GMT. During this period of 3 days, G+ users can be invited to add photos and to vote. _(Use gray "Invite more people" button on the upper right side of this event page.)_ *Voting & Assessment*: The jury is the audience including the competitors themselves. Anyone can vote and invite G+ users to vote by as much as +1's to their favorite pictures. (Participants are free to vote for their own submissions.) *Results*: At the end of the event, most plussed 3 photos, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (listed as Event Highlights on top of the Event Page) will be announced to public on +Mountain Photos page stream and besides, the Circle of "Best Mountain Photo Competitors | November 2012" will be shared publicly. So, get prepared for Wednesday, and have fun with this great event! Good luck and cheers, +Baki Karacay  Curator of +Mountain Photos  http://gplus.to/mountainphotos PS. Feel free to reshare this event. The more you share, the more followers the page has and the more visible your photos are. You are receiving this invitation because you are a follower of +Mountain Photos  Photography Theme Page and/or you were included in Amazing Mountain Photographers (AMPBest Mountain Photos Contest | November 2012 | by Mountain Photos Theme Page2012-11-07 23:00:00211  
Takahiro Yamamoto3,273,161The third quarter is going to be over soon! I'm happy to announce that the event page for the 366ers again. why not share your best or favorite shot you took in the third quarter of 2012 (July 1 - September 30). The date of the event has been set one week after the end of the quarter, so please select one (up to three images) and share it/them here! After you post your photo, please write why you have chosen the image in the comment box. If you have questions about this event page, feel free to leave comment here. One last thing: Please don't share your entire album here. Sometimes it happens when you press a wrong button. Be careful. もうすぐ「クリエイティブ366プロジェクト」も9カ月が過ぎようとしています。今回もやります。2012年第三四半期のベストショット、お気に入りのショットを1枚選んでシェアしてください(最高3枚まで)。シェアしたら、その写真の下のコメント欄に、何でその写真を選んだのか、理由などを書いていただけたらうれしいです。イベントの日時は9月を過ぎて1週間後の月曜日に設定してあります。 最後に、間違って366のアルバム全体をシェアしないでくださいね!Best of Creative 366 Project 3Q122012-10-07 17:00:0081  

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2015-08-05 17:46:56 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Windows 10 Upgrade? - Not yet
I am by no means a tech person. I'm just a basic daily user, and this is just my personal, non-tech opinion.

I'm taking tech pro +Gordon Kelly's advice, and waiting to upgrade from Windows 7. Why? After searching Google and reading a number of articles touting the benefits of upgrading, I was about to go ahead and do it. Then I came across Mr. Kelly's article (http://goo.gl/E2QNQs). He was straightforward in revealing what I consider to be an unforgivable flaw in Windows 10 - forced updates. 

To quote from Mr. Kelly's article, "Easily the most controversial factor about Windows 10 is what you give up for the free update: Control. ...  In just the last week a bad graphics driver and a buggy security update were automatically installed on millions of Windows 10 beta testers computers and caused repeated crasheso... more »

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2015-07-02 04:59:48 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

"Island In the Storm"*
Heart Lake, Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Colorado

http://bit.ly/island-in-the-storm

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2015-09-28 18:02:52 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

My 4 best shots of the lunar eclipse and full moon perigee.



#moon   #lunar   #lunareclipse   #lunarperigee    #shootthemoon   #bloodmoon   #supermoon  

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2016-04-15 17:51:29 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

It's true, a huge storm holding a lot of moisture has entered Colorado and will impact the state through the weekend. 

At this point, it looks like the deepest snow will fall on the Front Range foothills, Palmer's Divide, and the Plains. The Steamboat area and San Juans should also do well from this storm. In Summit County, it depends ..... we should see some accumulating snow, but how much is the big question.

The I-70 corridor will no doubt have severe impacts with traction law and closures likely. Remember that spring storms are tricky - roads can be wet one minute, then iced the next, and wet snowfall turns into chunky slush. Just be prepared if you're going to travel.

The season is holding true to the El Nino predictions of winter going out with a bang - we can expect the rest of April and early May to continue to offer wet weather.

It's true, a huge storm holding a lot of moisture has entered Colorado and will impact the state through the weekend. 

At this point, it looks like the deepest snow will fall on the Front Range foothills, Palmer's Divide, and the Plains. The Steamboat area and San Juans should also do well from this storm. In Summit County, it depends ..... we should see some accumulating snow, but how much is the big question.

The I-70 corridor will no doubt have severe impacts with traction law and closures likely. Remember that spring storms are tricky - roads can be wet one minute, then iced the next, and wet snowfall turns into chunky slush. Just be prepared if you're going to travel.

The season is holding true to the El Nino predictions of winter going out with a bang - we can expect the rest of April and early May to continue to offer wet weather.___

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2016-03-25 15:52:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR NIGHTMARES ON I-70
We're in the middle of a daytime storm bringing waves of heavy snow off and on through the day. This pattern is expected to accelerate during the 6 PM - midnight time frame. Be prepared for severe winter driving conditions, traction law, road closures, and lots of traffic.

 http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/post/5742

ALL THE INGREDIENTS FOR NIGHTMARES ON I-70
We're in the middle of a daytime storm bringing waves of heavy snow off and on through the day. This pattern is expected to accelerate during the 6 PM - midnight time frame. Be prepared for severe winter driving conditions, traction law, road closures, and lots of traffic.

 http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/post/5742___

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2016-03-04 17:03:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Spring snow alternating with spring sun
Our forecasted snowy spring hasn't materialized yet, but the snow pack is still in good shape. We're expecting a small storm Sunday/Monday (March 6/7), then another bluebird week, followed by the next storm sometime the following weekend (March 12/13-ish). But hey - it's Colorado. Hit the slopes in the morning, then break out your mountain bike for the afternoon!

Spring snow alternating with spring sun
Our forecasted snowy spring hasn't materialized yet, but the snow pack is still in good shape. We're expecting a small storm Sunday/Monday (March 6/7), then another bluebird week, followed by the next storm sometime the following weekend (March 12/13-ish). But hey - it's Colorado. Hit the slopes in the morning, then break out your mountain bike for the afternoon!___

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2016-01-21 01:14:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Hee hee! :)

"I can bring home the bacon, Fry it up in a pan, And never let you forget you're a man, 'Cuz I'm a Plow Babe -- P-L-O-W-B-A-B-E"
(Anyone under 30 probably won't get the reference, but you can Google it. Hint: It was a TV commercial from the 70s based on a Peggy Lee song.)

#behindtheplow  ___Hee hee! :)

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2016-01-18 15:00:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Each new day holds a million miracles .....

#outmywindow  

Each new day holds a million miracles .....

#outmywindow  ___

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2016-01-16 13:38:56 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

MEXICO DENTIST EXPERIENCE

I just got home from taking my dad to Mexico for extensive dental work. We were referred to the Alamo Dental Clinic by friends. All of my original skepticism about taking him to have third world dentistry done was completely swept away. It could not have been a better experience.

This photo is Dad with his prosthodontist specialist, Dr. Monica Camacho, and her assistant Berenice. After a week of dental work including multiple root canals, crowns, fillings, and extractions, he gives two thumbs up, five stars, and nothing but the highest recommendation to the clinic and doctors. I was just there as support and transportation, not as a patient, but from my observations and conversations with other patients, I concur. The cost was a fraction of what it would have cost him at home, including both of our travel expenses. He had almost no pain or discomfort,... more »

MEXICO DENTIST EXPERIENCE

I just got home from taking my dad to Mexico for extensive dental work. We were referred to the Alamo Dental Clinic by friends. All of my original skepticism about taking him to have third world dentistry done was completely swept away. It could not have been a better experience.

This photo is Dad with his prosthodontist specialist, Dr. Monica Camacho, and her assistant Berenice. After a week of dental work including multiple root canals, crowns, fillings, and extractions, he gives two thumbs up, five stars, and nothing but the highest recommendation to the clinic and doctors. I was just there as support and transportation, not as a patient, but from my observations and conversations with other patients, I concur. The cost was a fraction of what it would have cost him at home, including both of our travel expenses. He had almost no pain or discomfort, even after the extractions.

What we both felt from the doctors here was that they are very concerned about patient comfort, accurately identifying the dental work that needs to be done, and completing it in a correct and skillful manner. The doctors are all highly educated and professional specialists.

We stayed in Yuma, AZ, and drove the 10 minutes each day to the border crossing into Los Algodones, where we parked in a secure lot and walked across the border then about 2 blocks to the clinic. We felt completely safe. There were many street vendors as one would expect in Mexico, but they were friendly and good-natured, not overly pushy.

Dad says it's the best dental experience he's ever had, and he'd rather take a beating than go to the dentist!

Alamo Dental Clinic, Los Algodones, Mexico
http://www.alamodentalgroup.org/___

2016-01-16 13:34:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

WINDY MORNING
Silverthorne received about an inch of snow overnight, but the wind is gusty, and it's cold - about +5F at 6:30 AM. Another round of snow is expected tonight into Sunday morning.

WINDY MORNING
Silverthorne received about an inch of snow overnight, but the wind is gusty, and it's cold - about +5F at 6:30 AM. Another round of snow is expected tonight into Sunday morning.___

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2016-01-04 17:45:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

EL NINO FORECAST ON TRACK SO FAR
For Silverthorne, the "typical" El Nino pattern is good snow for November and December, then a dryer period during January and early February, then finishing off the season with lots of spring snow through early May. So far this season, the weather patterns have matched these predictions. That means that, even though we're not getting dumped on right now, we will have enough showers to keep the snow pack fresh, and we can look forward to great spring snow starting in just a few weeks.

Southern Colorado generally wins during El Nino years, and from what we've heard from friends down south, the snow is epic.

Take a look at that cobalt blue sky and the white peaks - could we live anywhere more beautiful?

EL NINO FORECAST ON TRACK SO FAR
For Silverthorne, the "typical" El Nino pattern is good snow for November and December, then a dryer period during January and early February, then finishing off the season with lots of spring snow through early May. So far this season, the weather patterns have matched these predictions. That means that, even though we're not getting dumped on right now, we will have enough showers to keep the snow pack fresh, and we can look forward to great spring snow starting in just a few weeks.

Southern Colorado generally wins during El Nino years, and from what we've heard from friends down south, the snow is epic.

Take a look at that cobalt blue sky and the white peaks - could we live anywhere more beautiful?___

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2016-01-02 19:46:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

"I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY"
Most of us have been on both sides - either going through something traumatic ourselves, or being the one wanting to give comfort to someone else. I struggle with this - not knowing what to say, saying the wrong thing, wanting to "fix" the hurt. This article is well-written, I thought.

QUOTE FROM LINKED ARTICLE: "What does it mean to hold space for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control."

"I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY"
Most of us have been on both sides - either going through something traumatic ourselves, or being the one wanting to give comfort to someone else. I struggle with this - not knowing what to say, saying the wrong thing, wanting to "fix" the hurt. This article is well-written, I thought.

QUOTE FROM LINKED ARTICLE: "What does it mean to hold space for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control."___

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2016-01-01 23:09:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

WINTER SUNSET IN THE FOREST OF FALLEN TREES
I probably read Anne of Green Gables too many times as a child. Being blessed with a similarly active imagination, I find myself naming the sections of trail as I hike. There's the Meadow of Golden Sunlight, Cathedral Pines, Bog of the Mattresses (named for the leftover coil springs from some mattresses that were inexplicably abandoned in the middle of the forest years ago), Bear Wood, Raspberry Corner ..... anyway, you get the picture. This particular section is criss-crossed with fallen trees like a game of pick-up-sticks. The thick cushion of snow blanketed the trail with peaceful silence, as the last ray of sunlight threaded its way through the trees. Not a bad way to start 2016!

WINTER SUNSET IN THE FOREST OF FALLEN TREES
I probably read Anne of Green Gables too many times as a child. Being blessed with a similarly active imagination, I find myself naming the sections of trail as I hike. There's the Meadow of Golden Sunlight, Cathedral Pines, Bog of the Mattresses (named for the leftover coil springs from some mattresses that were inexplicably abandoned in the middle of the forest years ago), Bear Wood, Raspberry Corner ..... anyway, you get the picture. This particular section is criss-crossed with fallen trees like a game of pick-up-sticks. The thick cushion of snow blanketed the trail with peaceful silence, as the last ray of sunlight threaded its way through the trees. Not a bad way to start 2016!___

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2015-12-29 15:15:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

A BIT OF A DRY SPELL .....
Silverthorne will have a stretch of dryer weather going into January, with just a few snow showers here and there, but little new accumulation expected. It will continue to be cold, so all the fresh snow we got last week will stick around. Long-range, we are expecting less snow through about mid-February, then a heavy spring. So don't despair if the next several weeks don't produce a lot of fresh powder. We have a great base, and March and April should be exciting.

Since we don't have anything fresh for snow plowing, Steve will be taking advantage of the clear weather to be out in the loader this week, pushing piles back and scraping pack.

A BIT OF A DRY SPELL .....
Silverthorne will have a stretch of dryer weather going into January, with just a few snow showers here and there, but little new accumulation expected. It will continue to be cold, so all the fresh snow we got last week will stick around. Long-range, we are expecting less snow through about mid-February, then a heavy spring. So don't despair if the next several weeks don't produce a lot of fresh powder. We have a great base, and March and April should be exciting.

Since we don't have anything fresh for snow plowing, Steve will be taking advantage of the clear weather to be out in the loader this week, pushing piles back and scraping pack.___

2015-12-24 13:07:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

THURSDAY: A break in the snow
Clearing today, and cold. Another round of snow is expected to hit Silverthorne tonight and through tomorrow with a few more inches of powder. We will be out plowing today, clearing the snow from last night and checking for drifting. Bundle up and have fun today!
AVALANCHE DANGER: We're still under considerable hazard, check the CAIC report and stay safe.

THURSDAY: A break in the snow
Clearing today, and cold. Another round of snow is expected to hit Silverthorne tonight and through tomorrow with a few more inches of powder. We will be out plowing today, clearing the snow from last night and checking for drifting. Bundle up and have fun today!
AVALANCHE DANGER: We're still under considerable hazard, check the CAIC report and stay safe.___

2015-12-22 14:10:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

QUICK TUESDAY AM UPDATE FOR SILVERTHORNE:
The forecast has shifted slightly since yesterday. We should still expect snow showers through the day, but the heaviest snowfall for Silverthorne may now be tonight into Wednesday when the winds change to a slightly more favorable direction for us.

We are out plowing today regardless, as we did pick up some snow overnight and it is continuing now.

And for the I-70 conditions, still expect snow packed and icy conditions with times of blowing snow and whiteout conditions.

If you're not working today, bundle up and enjoy the fresh powder. Or else cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good book. :)  If you do go out, check the CAIC avalanche report, as we are under a high danger watch - be safe!

QUICK TUESDAY AM UPDATE FOR SILVERTHORNE:
The forecast has shifted slightly since yesterday. We should still expect snow showers through the day, but the heaviest snowfall for Silverthorne may now be tonight into Wednesday when the winds change to a slightly more favorable direction for us.

We are out plowing today regardless, as we did pick up some snow overnight and it is continuing now.

And for the I-70 conditions, still expect snow packed and icy conditions with times of blowing snow and whiteout conditions.

If you're not working today, bundle up and enjoy the fresh powder. Or else cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good book. :)  If you do go out, check the CAIC avalanche report, as we are under a high danger watch - be safe!___

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2015-12-21 16:27:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I-70 ROAD CONDITION FORECAST FOR TUESDAY: LOTS OF SNOW! Rapid double digit snow accumulations in the mountains and high winds will make for difficult driving conditions. Arrange your travel plans if possible to stay off the highway on Tuesday. Only vehicles with good snow tires and chains or 4WD should be on the road during a blizzard.

This is from the I-70 Daily Snow report  http://opsw.co/i70snow
(if you regularly travel the I-70 mountain corridor, sign up for these reports, they are great)

"Light showers will continue to fall through early Monday afternoon. We will catch a break through Monday evening before snow production really ramps up on Monday night and into Tuesday. All road surfaces will be completely snow-packed, with travel speeds severely reduced on Tuesday and Wednesday. Accidents and road closures are likely, especially on Tuesday. Lighter... more »

I-70 ROAD CONDITION FORECAST FOR TUESDAY: LOTS OF SNOW! Rapid double digit snow accumulations in the mountains and high winds will make for difficult driving conditions. Arrange your travel plans if possible to stay off the highway on Tuesday. Only vehicles with good snow tires and chains or 4WD should be on the road during a blizzard.

This is from the I-70 Daily Snow report  http://opsw.co/i70snow
(if you regularly travel the I-70 mountain corridor, sign up for these reports, they are great)

"Light showers will continue to fall through early Monday afternoon. We will catch a break through Monday evening before snow production really ramps up on Monday night and into Tuesday. All road surfaces will be completely snow-packed, with travel speeds severely reduced on Tuesday and Wednesday. Accidents and road closures are likely, especially on Tuesday. Lighter accumulations will then enter the corridor through next Saturday, December 26th. We will dry out later next weekend before more snow enters the forecast around Tuesday, December 29th."

Snow plowing is going to be dangerous in these conditions. Give right of way to the CDOT plows and respect for those hard working operators who put their lives on the line to clear the highways. ___

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2015-12-20 15:58:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

After a week straight of snow, we have a spell of clear weather coming up early January, so I'm hoping to do some snow shoeing.

SNOW IN THE FORECAST FOR EACH DAY THIS WEEK

We will start with the potential for an inch or two today and Monday. Then Monday night the storm is expected to ramp up and give us up to a foot of snow by Wednesday morning. After that, we have another inch or two each day through Saturday. We could get a few surprise flurries along the way that drop a few more inches than what is in the forecast.

For our snow plowing customers: We will continue to plow each day that the new accumulation meets the service trigger of your plowing agreement. And we are generally always out the day after a big storm to clean up, push piles back, and clear where cars may have been parked during the storm.

LONGER FORECAST IS FOR DRYER WEATHER HEADING INTO JANUARY

The longer range forecast shows that the first half of January will be on the dryer side. So enjoy the fresh powder that we are getting this week. It will add to our great base of snow, so then the first part of January we can enjoy some bluebird clear days of sunshine to go out and play. It may not be fresh powder for snow plowing, but it's still going to be fun! I'm not a skier or boarder, but I'm hoping for some time to get out on my snow shoes.

WILL YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS AFFECT SNOW PLOWING?

Are you planning a party or getting a houseful of company for the holidays? Drop us a quick message to let us know, so that we can do what we can to adjust our snow plowing to accommodate your needs at this time.

SILVERTHORNE IS HAVING A GREAT WINTER SO FAR

Snow pack for the sites nearest Silverthorne are at 100%, and the snow water equivalent is a little over that. We may hit a dry spell early in the  new year, but then we are anticipating a snowy wet spring from about mid-February through April. We love plowing that fluffy spring snow! And as I am out and about in town, businesses are bustling and people are smiling - this is good!



http://www.theplowmaster.com/2015/12/20/busy-week-snow-plowing-silverthorne/___After a week straight of snow, we have a spell of clear weather coming up early January, so I'm hoping to do some snow shoeing.

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2015-12-19 15:58:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

WINTER GEAR LIQUIDATION SALE TODAY ONLY! 8 AM - 5 PM
La Quinta in Silverthorne, ballroom.
Genuine brands, everything is NEW, and prices are slashed for quick sale. The owner died and his widow is liquidating the stock.
 Everything must go, come on down and bring your friends. Feel free to reshare this post!

‪#‎liquidation‬ ‪#‎snowboard‬ ‪#‎wintergear‬ ‪#‎silverthorne‬

WINTER GEAR LIQUIDATION SALE TODAY ONLY! 8 AM - 5 PM
La Quinta in Silverthorne, ballroom.
Genuine brands, everything is NEW, and prices are slashed for quick sale. The owner died and his widow is liquidating the stock.
 Everything must go, come on down and bring your friends. Feel free to reshare this post!

‪#‎liquidation‬ ‪#‎snowboard‬ ‪#‎wintergear‬ ‪#‎silverthorne‬___

2015-12-08 18:39:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

GET READY FOR ANOTHER FRIDAY AFTERNOON BLIZZARD
The forecast is pointing to a potential blizzard during the afternoon this Friday. Of course, this is the worst possible timing for a big storm, since that is when so many Front Rangers are on I-70 heading into Silverthorne. Most likely, the Traction Law will go into effect, meaning you will need snow tires or 4WD. Be patient, slow down, and have your emergency supplies along just in case. 

If the storm hits as predicted, it also means that we will have a really narrow window of time to get people access to their driveways. Our full snow plowing crew will be out, but keep in mind that during an active blizzard, our main goal is to provide access to everyone as quickly as possible. We will return the next day to widen out, push back, and clean up the remaining snow.

Our winter season is off to a great start - be safe, and... more »

GET READY FOR ANOTHER FRIDAY AFTERNOON BLIZZARD
The forecast is pointing to a potential blizzard during the afternoon this Friday. Of course, this is the worst possible timing for a big storm, since that is when so many Front Rangers are on I-70 heading into Silverthorne. Most likely, the Traction Law will go into effect, meaning you will need snow tires or 4WD. Be patient, slow down, and have your emergency supplies along just in case. 

If the storm hits as predicted, it also means that we will have a really narrow window of time to get people access to their driveways. Our full snow plowing crew will be out, but keep in mind that during an active blizzard, our main goal is to provide access to everyone as quickly as possible. We will return the next day to widen out, push back, and clean up the remaining snow.

Our winter season is off to a great start - be safe, and enjoy the snow!___

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2015-11-29 04:24:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

So many people that I love are hurting right now. This is for the broken-hearted ones:

Melting snow dripped from the weeping willow tree
Falling like tears to the ground.

I asked the willow "Why do you weep?"

"I weep for the hearts that are broken,
For the smiles no longer there
I weep for tomorrow's adventures
That can no longer be shared"

I asked the willow, "With pain so great, why do you not just die?"

"The sun still rises, the rain still falls
And surely will soon come a morn
When broken hearts are mended
And joyful new dreams are born."



#poetry #grief #hope



So many people that I love are hurting right now. This is for the broken-hearted ones:

Melting snow dripped from the weeping willow tree
Falling like tears to the ground.

I asked the willow "Why do you weep?"

"I weep for the hearts that are broken,
For the smiles no longer there
I weep for tomorrow's adventures
That can no longer be shared"

I asked the willow, "With pain so great, why do you not just die?"

"The sun still rises, the rain still falls
And surely will soon come a morn
When broken hearts are mended
And joyful new dreams are born."



#poetry #grief #hope

___

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2015-11-28 00:28:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I went for a walk
On a winter's day .....
#optoutside

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I went for a walk
On a winter's day .....
#optoutside___

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2015-11-22 23:10:22 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

This is so beautiful. I miss my piano. Someday I'd love to have a baby grand. And a house with room to put it in.

Henry F. Miller 6'6" cherry grand piano. Built in the year 1901.___This is so beautiful. I miss my piano. Someday I'd love to have a baby grand. And a house with room to put it in.

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2015-11-20 18:59:45 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

BE PATIENT FOR A FEW HOURS: It's a blizzard out there! This is the time to stay in and wait out the storm. Snow will be tapering off by this evening. After a few continued flurries through the night, things will dry out and give us another beautiful sunny weekend for playing in the snow.

Want more details? Meteorologist Sam Collentine has a great write up in the I-70 Daily Snow (subscribe to this report if you drive the I-70 corridor):
https://opensnow.com/dailysnow/i70/post/4353

BE PATIENT FOR A FEW HOURS: It's a blizzard out there! This is the time to stay in and wait out the storm. Snow will be tapering off by this evening. After a few continued flurries through the night, things will dry out and give us another beautiful sunny weekend for playing in the snow.

Want more details? Meteorologist Sam Collentine has a great write up in the I-70 Daily Snow (subscribe to this report if you drive the I-70 corridor):
https://opensnow.com/dailysnow/i70/post/4353___

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2015-11-10 21:00:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

#BeSmartBeSafe  

COMMON SENSE: This will be a fast-moving, powerful storm. If you can adjust your travel plans, just stay off the I-70 corridor (Denver to Vail) between 8 PM tonight and 8 AM tomorrow. After that, the weather clears all the way through the weekend - let the snow-playing spree begin!
And if you can't adjust your travel plans, be sure you have snow tires, 4WD or chains, a full tank of fuel, blankets, snacks, and water along. Be smart - Be safe.___ #BeSmartBeSafe  

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2015-11-06 03:17:13 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Think you don’t need snow tires? You may face a hefty fine.

Colorado’s new “Traction Law” – In an effort to reduce accidents during snow storms, CDOT has implemented some new regulations that apply to all passenger cars. Before you head to the mountains to enjoy the snow, make sure your vehicle is winter driving road-worthy.

When the “Traction Law” (Code 15 of the chain law) is in effect, all passenger cars must have at least one of the following in order to continue:

> Snow tires with a minimum of 1/8” of tread; or
> All weather tires with mud and snow (M/S) mark with 1/8” of tread; or
> Four-wheel drive with 1/8” of tread; or
> Traction devices (chains, auto-sock, etc.) for two drive tires.

If you don’t have the proper tires or traction devices in use and end up blocking traffic, the fine could beover $600. Even just ... more »

Think you don’t need snow tires? You may face a hefty fine.

Colorado’s new “Traction Law” – In an effort to reduce accidents during snow storms, CDOT has implemented some new regulations that apply to all passenger cars. Before you head to the mountains to enjoy the snow, make sure your vehicle is winter driving road-worthy.

When the “Traction Law” (Code 15 of the chain law) is in effect, all passenger cars must have at least one of the following in order to continue:

> Snow tires with a minimum of 1/8” of tread; or
> All weather tires with mud and snow (M/S) mark with 1/8” of tread; or
> Four-wheel drive with 1/8” of tread; or
> Traction devices (chains, auto-sock, etc.) for two drive tires.

If you don’t have the proper tires or traction devices in use and end up blocking traffic, the fine could be over $600. Even just driving without meeting the requirements could result in a fine over $100, whether you cause a delay or not.

Read more: 
http://www.theplowmaster.com/2015/11/05/snow-tires-or-fines/*___

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2015-10-30 15:10:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-10-25 16:12:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I absolutely love +pascal campion​ 's work!

Look, you have a bubble right HERE!

#pascalcampion

Bath times and bubbles....never gets old___I absolutely love +pascal campion​ 's work!

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2015-10-11 02:49:54 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I love his sound, and he's so generous too!

Greetings from Wilmington, North Carolina. You can listen and download my music for free. Sharing music is the bridge that brings us together. Cheers.___I love his sound, and he's so generous too!

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2015-10-11 02:33:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Colorful leaves brighten up a railroad track, near Yampa, Colorado.

Colorful leaves brighten up a railroad track, near Yampa, Colorado.___

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2015-10-08 18:21:44 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Creepily Cool Abandoned Nazi Compound in L.A.
(click album to view all the creepy photos full size)

Urban decay is not my usual genre, but on a recent visit to Los Angeles I found myself descending over 500 steep and narrow concrete steps into the ruins of Murphy Ranch. Built in the 1930s, it was designed as a base for Nazi operations in the US. Over $4 million were invested into the infrastructure, which included a power station, water tower, diesel fuel tank, machine shed, and raised garden beds. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the group was taken into custody, and the property now belongs to the City of Los Angeles. The graffiti-covered ruins, inhabited by rattlesnakes and coyotes, are a fascinating study, but the hike down is not for the faint of heart!

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy_Ranch

Creepily Cool Abandoned Nazi Compound in L.A.
(click album to view all the creepy photos full size)

Urban decay is not my usual genre, but on a recent visit to Los Angeles I found myself descending over 500 steep and narrow concrete steps into the ruins of Murphy Ranch. Built in the 1930s, it was designed as a base for Nazi operations in the US. Over $4 million were invested into the infrastructure, which included a power station, water tower, diesel fuel tank, machine shed, and raised garden beds. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the group was taken into custody, and the property now belongs to the City of Los Angeles. The graffiti-covered ruins, inhabited by rattlesnakes and coyotes, are a fascinating study, but the hike down is not for the faint of heart!

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy_Ranch___

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2015-09-28 18:09:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

JUST FOR FUN ~ This was the unexpected result of long exposure - the moon started shooting out candy canes!



#moon   #lunar   #lunareclipse   #lunarperigee     #shootthemoon   #bloodmoon   #supermoon  

JUST FOR FUN ~ This was the unexpected result of long exposure - the moon started shooting out candy canes!



#moon   #lunar   #lunareclipse   #lunarperigee     #shootthemoon   #bloodmoon   #supermoon  ___

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2015-09-28 18:02:52 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

My 4 best shots of the lunar eclipse and full moon perigee.



#moon   #lunar   #lunareclipse   #lunarperigee    #shootthemoon   #bloodmoon   #supermoon  

My 4 best shots of the lunar eclipse and full moon perigee.



#moon   #lunar   #lunareclipse   #lunarperigee    #shootthemoon   #bloodmoon   #supermoon  ___

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2015-09-27 05:29:04 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

"HARVEST MOON" ~ What a lovely night light!
This is #sooc  - zero edits or post-processing.



#moon   #lunar   #harvestmoon   #silhouette   #monochrome   #postcardsfromgodscountry   #beautyofcreation   #fineart   #giftideas   #sojournsgallery   #colorado  

"HARVEST MOON" ~ What a lovely night light!
This is #sooc  - zero edits or post-processing.



#moon   #lunar   #harvestmoon   #silhouette   #monochrome   #postcardsfromgodscountry   #beautyofcreation   #fineart   #giftideas   #sojournsgallery   #colorado  ___

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2015-09-25 03:17:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I love this gorgeous photo by Alaskan photographer +Tim Newton​. The sun bokeh, the blanket of multi-colored leaves - just perfect.

Autumn Forest Scene

What you might see today if you take a walk through the forests around Anchorage, Alaska.

Prints: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/autumn-forest-scene-tim-newton.html

#alaska   #alaskaphotography   #naturephotography   #autumnphotography   #intimatelandscape   #landscape   #landscapephotography  +Landscape Photography ___I love this gorgeous photo by Alaskan photographer +Tim Newton​. The sun bokeh, the blanket of multi-colored leaves - just perfect.

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2015-09-22 06:05:10 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

"TREELINE" ~ new in the Sojourns Gallery, a windswept alpine ridge carpeted in fall color.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir

karenshackles.com
#sojournsart   #fineart   #giftideas   #colorado   #fall2015   #fallcolors  

"TREELINE" ~ new in the Sojourns Gallery, a windswept alpine ridge carpeted in fall color.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir

karenshackles.com
#sojournsart   #fineart   #giftideas   #colorado   #fall2015   #fallcolors  ___

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2015-09-20 06:31:15 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Fall color on Gore Pass





#colorado #fall #fallcolor #fall2015 #aspentrees #coloradogold #postcardsfromgodscountry

Fall color on Gore Pass





#colorado #fall #fallcolor #fall2015 #aspentrees #coloradogold #postcardsfromgodscountry___

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2015-09-19 14:54:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 


Query: Other works of art are preserved. Is transience an intrinsic part of "street art"?

"Once the exhibition ends, the walls will be repainted and prepared for the next exhibition. Therefore, it is important for art enthusiasts to see this amazing exhibition before it closes."

h/t Kiki Lamonica for the share on FB.___
Query: Other works of art are preserved. Is transience an intrinsic part of "street art"?

"Once the exhibition ends, the walls will be repainted and prepared for the next exhibition. Therefore, it is important for art enthusiasts to see this amazing exhibition before it closes."

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2015-09-18 14:03:17 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

sigh I revel in the Fall. Colorado at it's best.
Snow season is coming, and we will be plowing soon, but these last few weeks before winter are glorious beyond words.





#aspentrees #gold #forest #coloradogold #fallcolor #fall #autumn #fall2015 #colorado #exploresummit #postcardsfromgodscountry #beautyofcreation #silverthorne #snowplowing 

sigh I revel in the Fall. Colorado at it's best.
Snow season is coming, and we will be plowing soon, but these last few weeks before winter are glorious beyond words.





#aspentrees #gold #forest #coloradogold #fallcolor #fall #autumn #fall2015 #colorado #exploresummit #postcardsfromgodscountry #beautyofcreation #silverthorne #snowplowing ___

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2015-09-18 04:13:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

My happy place at my favorite time of year.



#forest #trailhike #fallcolor #fall #autumn #fall2015 #colorado #exploresummit #groovyuvi #postcardsfromgodscountry #beautyofcreation

My happy place at my favorite time of year.



#forest #trailhike #fallcolor #fall #autumn #fall2015 #colorado #exploresummit #groovyuvi #postcardsfromgodscountry #beautyofcreation___

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2015-09-14 21:11:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

AUTUMN EVENING ~ New in the Sojourns Art Gallery
Mountain peaks of the Sawatch Range are reflected in a quiet stream in the evening light near Twin Lakes, Colorado.

Prints, Note Cards, Pillows, & Tote Bags: bit.ly/autumn-evening karenshackles.com
#fall2015   #fallcolors   #colorado   #mountains   #sojournsart  

AUTUMN EVENING ~ New in the Sojourns Art Gallery
Mountain peaks of the Sawatch Range are reflected in a quiet stream in the evening light near Twin Lakes, Colorado.

Prints, Note Cards, Pillows, & Tote Bags: bit.ly/autumn-evening karenshackles.com
#fall2015   #fallcolors   #colorado   #mountains   #sojournsart  ___

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2015-08-31 20:02:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

IS THAT MOON REALLY BLUE?
I ran across this definition of "blue moon" on http://www.moonconnection.com, and was surprised, because I had always only heard the mistaken definition. 

"Note that due to the 29-day lunar cycle the exact dates of the full moon move every year. Most seasons have three full moons, but because of the variation some seasons have four full moons. The term "blue moon" was used to identify one of these extra full moons. A mistaken definition in the March 1946 edition of Sky and Telescope magazine claimed the blue moon fell on the second full moon of the calendar month. This mistake caused widespread misunderstanding until it was finally corrected in 1999."

Wikipedia: "The term has traditionally referred to an "extra" moon, where a year which normally has 12 moons has 13 instead. The "blue moon"r... more »

IS THAT MOON REALLY BLUE?
I ran across this definition of "blue moon" on http://www.moonconnection.com, and was surprised, because I had always only heard the mistaken definition. 

"Note that due to the 29-day lunar cycle the exact dates of the full moon move every year. Most seasons have three full moons, but because of the variation some seasons have four full moons. The term "blue moon" was used to identify one of these extra full moons. A mistaken definition in the March 1946 edition of Sky and Telescope magazine claimed the blue moon fell on the second full moon of the calendar month. This mistake caused widespread misunderstanding until it was finally corrected in 1999."

Wikipedia: "The term has traditionally referred to an "extra" moon, where a year which normally has 12 moons has 13 instead. The "blue moon" reference is applied to the third moon in a season with four moons, thus correcting the timing of the last month of a season that would have otherwise been expected too early. This happens every two to three years (seven times in the Metonic cycle of 19 years). The March 1946 issue of Sky & Telescope misinterpreted the traditional definition, which led to the modern colloquial misunderstanding that a blue moon is a second full moon in a single solar calendar month with no seasonal link. Owing to the rarity of a blue moon, the term "blue moon" is used colloquially to mean a rare event, as in the phrase "once in a blue moon".___

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2015-08-25 21:20:04 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Do you leave a tip for the housekeeper every day you stay in a hotel? If not, why not?

I worked in housekeeping for about ten years in my younger days, and rarely was tipped. Cleaning is physical, frequently disgusting, with stressful turnover deadlines, long hours, and busiest on weekends and holidays. Just as much as a restaurant waiter, these hard workers deserve the respect and appreciation of a tip. 

#theenvelopeplease   #travel   #hotels  

.@MariaShriver & @WomansNation sharing big news: @MarriottIntl is the 1st partner in The Envelope Please initiative http://ow.ly/Bux6Y___Do you leave a tip for the housekeeper every day you stay in a hotel? If not, why not?

I worked in housekeeping for about ten years in my younger days, and rarely was tipped. Cleaning is physical, frequently disgusting, with stressful turnover deadlines, long hours, and busiest on weekends and holidays. Just as much as a restaurant waiter, these hard workers deserve the respect and appreciation of a tip. 

#theenvelopeplease   #travel   #hotels  

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2015-08-18 19:03:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Live stream of the Corpse Flower at DBG
The Corpse Flower, or Carrion Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, can take up to ten years to bloom. The flower, which can reach over 10 feet tall, only lasts from 12 to 48 hours. It smells like rotting meat, thus its name. Native to Sumatra, the specimen at the +Denver Botanic Gardens is about to bloom. Watch the live feed, provided by 9 News, linked below.

#StinkyDBG   #corpseflower  

Live stream of the Corpse Flower at DBG
The Corpse Flower, or Carrion Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, can take up to ten years to bloom. The flower, which can reach over 10 feet tall, only lasts from 12 to 48 hours. It smells like rotting meat, thus its name. Native to Sumatra, the specimen at the +Denver Botanic Gardens is about to bloom. Watch the live feed, provided by 9 News, linked below.

#StinkyDBG   #corpseflower  ___

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2015-08-16 01:32:08 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

"Curiosity" - New in the Sojourns Art Gallery

I was on a photo expedition on a beautiful fall day, up on Boreas Pass, Breckenridge, Colorado. I parked in a pullout and got out to take some pictures, and when I turned around, this little fox was about ten feet away. It then proceeded to jump up onto my car, then go into the open window. I was dumbfounded! It jumped in and out several times, then finally popped its head out the window, with my half-eaten snack bar in its mouth (I swear it was grinning), jumped out, and raced into the forest. Little rascal! At least it posed for me first!


http://bit.ly/curiosity-art-print
Image is available in fine art prints, greeting cards, throw pillows, and tote bags (the pillows and totes are adorable - great gift idea!)

#colorado   #wildlife   #nature   #sojournsart   #fineart   #giftideas  

"Curiosity" - New in the Sojourns Art Gallery

I was on a photo expedition on a beautiful fall day, up on Boreas Pass, Breckenridge, Colorado. I parked in a pullout and got out to take some pictures, and when I turned around, this little fox was about ten feet away. It then proceeded to jump up onto my car, then go into the open window. I was dumbfounded! It jumped in and out several times, then finally popped its head out the window, with my half-eaten snack bar in its mouth (I swear it was grinning), jumped out, and raced into the forest. Little rascal! At least it posed for me first!


http://bit.ly/curiosity-art-print
Image is available in fine art prints, greeting cards, throw pillows, and tote bags (the pillows and totes are adorable - great gift idea!)

#colorado   #wildlife   #nature   #sojournsart   #fineart   #giftideas  ___

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2015-08-11 08:19:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

SNEAK PEAK ~ Today was an exciting day in the studio - I began work on the first piece of the Micro Portraits project. This will be a mixed media piece. I started with an ink, pencil, and charcoal sketch, then finished with oil paint. I completed the first prototype today, experimenting with layering techniques and blending the different media. The texturing is not quite what I had envisioned, so I will be working on that some more next time. 

This image is a black and white, and I had a lot of fun mixing paint to come up with the right shade of gray. You might think it would be a simple matter of mixing black and white to get gray, but not so! The plain mixture of black and white had too much of a blue cast to it, so I ended up adding in burnt umber to get the gray shade that I was looking for. 

It was a little bittersweet working with the paints. I had bought my mom this seto... more »

SNEAK PEAK ~ Today was an exciting day in the studio - I began work on the first piece of the Micro Portraits project. This will be a mixed media piece. I started with an ink, pencil, and charcoal sketch, then finished with oil paint. I completed the first prototype today, experimenting with layering techniques and blending the different media. The texturing is not quite what I had envisioned, so I will be working on that some more next time. 

This image is a black and white, and I had a lot of fun mixing paint to come up with the right shade of gray. You might think it would be a simple matter of mixing black and white to get gray, but not so! The plain mixture of black and white had too much of a blue cast to it, so I ended up adding in burnt umber to get the gray shade that I was looking for. 

It was a little bittersweet working with the paints. I had bought my mom this set of oil paints and brushes that she had talked about for a long time. But she died soon after, and never had the chance to use them. I brought them home and hid them on the top shelf of my closet - it hurt too much to think about for awhile. But now I'm finally ready to stretch my creativity into new methods of expression, and I feel like I'm honoring her memory by using her paint set.


_http://karenshackles.com_
#sojournsart   #microportraits   #mixedmedia   #fineart  ___

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2015-08-08 00:34:45 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

She thinks I can't see her hiding behind the sunflowers.

#sillykitty

She thinks I can't see her hiding behind the sunflowers.

#sillykitty___

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2015-08-06 20:16:55 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

My very first gallery sale! ~ squeeeee! I'm so excited! Thank you to my first customer from Frisco, Colorado!

karenshackles.com

My very first gallery sale! ~ squeeeee! I'm so excited! Thank you to my first customer from Frisco, Colorado!

karenshackles.com___

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2015-08-06 18:20:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Ugh!

Ugh!___

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2015-08-06 17:11:00 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

I DID IT! Sojourns Art Gallery Grand Opening! Come visit the gallery at karenshackles.com

http://bit.ly/sojourns-gallery-press-release

In celebration, all fine art prints in Flora, Fauna, and Vistas are 20% off through the month of August

I DID IT! Sojourns Art Gallery Grand Opening! Come visit the gallery at karenshackles.com

http://bit.ly/sojourns-gallery-press-release

In celebration, all fine art prints in Flora, Fauna, and Vistas are 20% off through the month of August___

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2015-08-05 17:46:56 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Windows 10 Upgrade? - Not yet
I am by no means a tech person. I'm just a basic daily user, and this is just my personal, non-tech opinion.

I'm taking tech pro +Gordon Kelly's advice, and waiting to upgrade from Windows 7. Why? After searching Google and reading a number of articles touting the benefits of upgrading, I was about to go ahead and do it. Then I came across Mr. Kelly's article (http://goo.gl/E2QNQs). He was straightforward in revealing what I consider to be an unforgivable flaw in Windows 10 - forced updates. 

To quote from Mr. Kelly's article, "Easily the most controversial factor about Windows 10 is what you give up for the free update: Control. ...  In just the last week a bad graphics driver and a buggy security update were automatically installed on millions of Windows 10 beta testers computers and caused repeated crasheso... more »

Windows 10 Upgrade? - Not yet
I am by no means a tech person. I'm just a basic daily user, and this is just my personal, non-tech opinion.

I'm taking tech pro +Gordon Kelly's advice, and waiting to upgrade from Windows 7. Why? After searching Google and reading a number of articles touting the benefits of upgrading, I was about to go ahead and do it. Then I came across Mr. Kelly's article (http://goo.gl/E2QNQs). He was straightforward in revealing what I consider to be an unforgivable flaw in Windows 10 - forced updates. 

To quote from Mr. Kelly's article, "Easily the most controversial factor about Windows 10 is what you give up for the free update: Control. ...  In just the last week a bad graphics driver and a buggy security update were automatically installed on millions of Windows 10 beta testers computers and caused repeated crashes on many machines without warning. If the troublesome updates were removed, Windows 10 automatically reinstalled them again. ... Worryingly historically Microsoft has a poor record with updates and there have been some epic Windows patch meltdowns and “40 or so” problematic patches have been released by Windows Update in 2015 alone."

My brain is hardwired towards familiarity. While my husband can jump into any vehicle and be three blocks away with one leg still hanging out the door, I get into a different car than my own, and I have to sit there for 10 minutes figuring out where everything is before I can start driving.

I still beat eggs with a fork. I don't care if the egg beater does is faster and better. The fork works just fine, it's easy and familiar for me. Why should I be forced into using an egg beater if I don't want to - or if that particular day isn't convenient for me to learn a new technique?

My husband and dad are both even less techy than I am, so I'm the one they turn to for help when they can't do something on their computers. My dad has Vista, and my husband has Windows 8. From my perspective, both programs suck. Big time. As in, I loathe them. If I were forced into using them, there's a good chance I'd go back to the dark ages of sharpening pencils and using the green Wilson Jones columnar pads and double-entry bookkeeping that I learned in high school.

If something goes wrong with my computer, I'm stuck until I can get help from a tech person. I am self-employed, in a one-person office. The running of my business screeches to an abrupt halt if my computer has issues. Given +Microsoft Corporation's track record of epic update fails, the thought of forced updates that are likely to backfire puts me on the verge of a panic attack. 

So ... for the time being, I'm sticking with my sturdy Windows 7, and will wait to see what develops.___

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MOUNTAIN GOATS ~ scenes from the top of Georgia Pass, Summit County, Colorado.

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MOUNTAIN GOATS ~ scenes from the top of Georgia Pass, Summit County, Colorado.

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"Island In the Storm"*
Heart Lake, Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Colorado

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"Island In the Storm"*
Heart Lake, Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Colorado

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