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In Search Of Spring In St. Elmo - April 20, 2007
Shannon Tucker and I left (from Buena Vista) for St. Elmo at 7:30 a.m. this morning, and my self-declared theme
for this photographic adventure was: "Looking For Signs Of Spring In St. Elmo."
Well, we did not find many signs of spring other than a roadside
willow sprouting it's puffy, cotton-like flower and a few patches of trees
exhibiting faint shades of red and orange on their ends. It has been warmer of late in the Arkansas River Valley
(i.e. the vertical stretch from Buena Vista to Salida), but I am
holding out on declaring it spring time in the St. Elmo ghost town region. ;)
As you can see, there is still a lot of snow up there! The adjacent photo of this
snowy and icy mountain creek (coming down from Tincup Pass) is probably my favorite.
Below is a mish-mash of photos taken all throughout St. Elmo.
Special thanks must be given to Shannon for coming along and engaging in some meaningful conversations throughout the drive!
All the best,
The historic St. Elmo schoolhouse.
Lots of snow remaining at this house.
We headed west on Chaffee County Road 294 and had this view! :)
An old structure.
There was this really dilapidated structure (left photo) that
had aspens growing inside of it and remains of what looked like a kitchen area (right photo)!
A snowy and icy mountain creek coming down from the Tincup Pass area.
Another view from Chaffee County Road 294.
A mailbox in a snowy area.
Shannon stands in front of the American House Hotel Parlour, built in 1882.
I love this photo!
And you thought your neighborhood was run down! ;)
Historic St. Elmo homes.
St. Elmo residents and visitors have a grand view of this mountain!