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St.Catherines, full pond

Eddie and his buddy and I headed up the South St.Vrain up to Taylor Mtn. again over a month ago. We got an excellent rain shower in the late afternoon that took the edge off another hot August day. We must be close to the record August. We can always hope for good skies before moving on. They say the bear came over the mountain to see what he could see but I think I will fix the door on the camper before the bear chews on my feets.

 

After the evening over on Taylor, where we got some shots, we trickled over to St.Malo to see what the chapel might look like .The skies lit up pretty well on Sunday morning. The sky was performing well at that time. This summer's rain washed St.Malo pretty well so I expected a better sky by later morning. The pond in front of the chapel had undergone some flooding or other damage. Here is a shot of the chapel and it's place in front of the pool, complete with its growies, and in front of Mt. Meeker. My guess is that with the size of the drain, beaver may be at work somewhere. Note the hay mats, bottom, trying to keep the water from the foot path and stay deterioration. Here is the wider facade that faces highway #7. Most travelers stop to shoot pictures of some quality or another

 

Sad to say but I knew the builder; he's the mountain builder who also built the Wild Basin Lodge, now gone to an insurance fire. It is claimed he had a still up behind the lodge. I hope the Catholics had a barrel of holy water to bless St.Catherine's; I am sure a lot would have boiled off this construction. I'll bet the Catholics beat a wide berth around Jim and his mouth.

 

I found his image during hard disc cleanup to free up space, When I build RAW layers from the full frame camera, each .PSD usually takes at least 250meg in space. I burn disc space pretty quickly. I hope to add an internal terrabyte drive for data space. This originally had the containment dam in the bottom corner so I had to clone it out. The reflection is pretty minimal bu interesting. I didn't have the heart to erase the RAW image.

  

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Taken on August 27, 2011