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Flatirons

These are not the kind you iron clothes with.

They're a big rock formation laid down thousands of years ago. This part of Colorado was a section of a vast inland sea. Then there occurred upheavals and huge slices of the seabed broke up and were rumpled toward the sky. They're about 6500 - 7000 feet high [2200 - 2400 meters] and you can't see the tops because foggy clouds are moving down them toward the city.

They look like a bunch of clothes flatirons tipped up next to each other so they're named that.

Looking at this, I can feel the cold mist on my face and breathe the great air: standing on the Boulder sidewalks you are about 5500 feet in the air already!

When I lived here I was blessed enough that they came down almost into my backyard, and for awhile I was a cook at Flagstaff Restaurant, halfway up Flagstaff Mountain next to the Flatirons. From the top of Flagstaff Mountain, you can look West and all you can see is dozens of Rocky Mountains peaks filling the sky and the horizon, up to 12,000 and 13,000 feet. We call them 13ers or thirteeners. There are fourteeners too.

Kala knows, the mountains do not come down into her backyard, they ARE her backyard. She is sooooo lucky!


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elvenforever
Oct. 20th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
You know, I love this shot better than if the sky had been clear that day. Because of the mist coming down the mountains, and even the tree off to the right. It gives it such wonderful atmosphere.

Edited at 2008-10-20 11:48 pm (UTC)
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