Christmas, 2013


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.

Merry Christmas!

Peace & blessings,



  1. Happy Holidays Veronika! You and everyone in Lyons are an inspiration, and I hope normalcy comes soon to our favorite mountain town.

    Mike & Joni
    Matthew & Jordan

  2. Hi Veronika,
    Such a unique Christmas greeting. Despite the devastation, I still envy you surrounded by such incredible beauty. Stunning sunrise photos… such lighting and vivid color. Mum and I send all our blessings and will call soon. Love, Judy and Mum

  3. Hi Veronika,
    We have never met but feel that we have by way of Kandy and John and their 4 legged kids.
    You pictures are outstanding and after seeing them make me home sick. Living up in the mountains on the X Bar 7 ranch
    area I would spend many hours watching the sunsets and the beautiful skies. Your picture brought back Happy Memories.
    Also the pictures you took of the pups are great.

    • Hi Karla … I am so glad that my photographs can inspire happy memories. That means a lot to me so thanks for leaving the comment.

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