Here we are in February, the month of valentines, chocolates, Presidential birthdays, and Ground Hog Day. Other silly holidays include Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Stuffed Mushroom Day, Thank a Mailman Day, and Bubblegum Day to name a few. This year Ash Wednesday falls in February. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also known as Shrove Tuesday. It is a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. February is also Black history month, and Superbowl Sunday falls in there too. That ought to be enough to keep everyone busy for the shortest month of the year.
I am still featuring Colorado pictures this month. The destination of desire for this trip was the Maroon Bells. The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, and both are fourteeners. Maroon Peak, at 14,163 feet (4317.0 m), is the 27th highest peak in Colorado. North Maroon Peak, at 14,019 feet (4273.0 m), is the 50th highest. Unlike other mountains in the Rockies that are composed of granite and limestone, the Bells are composed of metamorphic sedimentary mudstone that has hardened into rock over millions of years. Mudstone is weak and fractures readily, giving rise to dangerously loose rock along almost any route. The mudstone is responsible for the Bells' distinctive maroon color.
It was cloudy and rained the first day we went to the Bells, but the reflection in Maroon Lake wasn’t bad. The second day we went was clear but breezy, so the water was rippled as was the reflection. It is still one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado, and the nearby Sievers Mountain presents an alternate of jagged red rock which is captivating. Sievers consists of contorted Triassic redbeds which form the north wall of Maroon Creek Canyon between Crater & Maroon Lakes.
The Featured Series this month is three views of Sievers Mountain. Our Photo of the Month is one of the Maroon Bells. I have placed some other views in the Trips & Travels-Colorado section, so check it out. I may feature a few more of the Bells next time because they are so fascinating, and still retained large patches of snow in August. But what else would you expect from mountains higher than 14,000 feet?
Peace from the Desert… Karen