As most of you know, I live in Lyons, CO. My little town of approximately 1,700 people was severely damaged and affected by the flooding that started in Colorado on September 11th, 2013. Our town was divided by flood water into 6 separate islands. The damage has been estimated over $50,000,000 to homes, infrastructure and utilities. Without water, sewer, electric and gas, some residents (as myself) were displaced for over 2 months from their homes. Yet, there are many residents still displaced and it is 3 months after the flood experience.
The event was terrifying and our evacuation after several days was frightening. It was only then that we were able to witness the devastation to our town – both its homes and landscape. However, throughout it all, there were strangers helping strangers; neighbors helping neighbors; there was compassion; there were acts of kindness; there was love.
So, my “5” blog posts labelled “2013” will be my Christmas card this year. Each photograph with these posts is a sunrise taken at Rocky Mountain National Park. The photographs are a reminder that each morning is a new beginning to accept challenges with a new attitude toward life and living. Each photograph is a reminder to live life fully and to embrace the people around you with love and support. Each photograph is a reminder that our life is fragile and composed of magical moments for us to make choices that support our aliveness.
Peace & blessings,