When woke up this morning and it was really chilly outside. We passed a sign and it said it was only 55 degrees I figured that we wouldn't be stormchasing today! Too darn cold for a storm to get started!
We went to breakfast at Perkins and decided that since it was a down day we would do some more sight seeing in CO. The target was selected was the Pawnee National Grasslands which are located in NE CO. The Pawnee Buttes are located within the Grasslands and was our ultimate goal for the day. The Buttes area is a nesting area to migratory birds and certain trails to are closed to hikers from March 1st to June 30th, to protect nesting falcons, eagles, and hawks. It is a harsh land without a lot of anything close around. It would take a special, let that read prepared, person to live all the way out in the country where we went.
On our way to the Buttes we did some time lapsing of gravity wave clouds outside New Raymer CO. There was a really neat building in town that we stopped and photographed that was not run down or falling apart. There were some interesting paintings on the building. The only business in town that was operational was a restaurant but this building was in better shape then the restaurant. Chuck did get some photos of an old gas station that was no longer in operation but all the glass appeared to be intact.
Click on any of the photos to enlarge them!!
This is the first painting and the best of the two.
I couldn't decide if the painting were on glass or metal because they had a reflective sheen to them. I couldn't capture it with a photo though. They are painted on glass. The horse scene is between panes of glass and the windmill is painted on the outside of the glass.
Here is a picture of the overall building that will give you some perspective of the size of these paintings! Very nice!
The next photographs are pictures of the Pawnee Buttes in the Pawnee National Grasslands!
This is the West Butte. Notice all the windmills in the background? Those windmills are all over the place now and it would be interesting to know where all that electricity is going!
This is the East Butte
This is my favorite outdoor photographer! I love taking pictures of him!!
Well we don't know what tomorrow is going to bring so don't know yet if we are going to stormchase or sunchase but whatever it is will be fun!