After a nice January thaw sporting low 60-degree temps, normality returned. The following pics are from a recent stroll up Waterton Canyon.
Snowcatcher is at work doing her thing.
The eerie mouth of Waterton Canyon beckons us on.
Riders on fat bikes looked a bit frosted as they went by. It is a good day for a fat bike. Fat bikes are relatively new; they are mountain bikes that sport very wide wheels for enhanced buoyancy on mediums like snow. We thought about taking out the mountain bikes, but changed our minds at the last minute.
A field of icicles hanging from a leaky water pipe. There is a constant drip here during the warm months, as well.
The South Platte River
The higher realms of Waterton Canyon are in silent mode.
Colorado Fish and Game fish squeezers try to maintain a fishery in the canyon. The rocks create some slackwater. As you can see, the structure performs kind of like a weir. It's not a gabion. It's a very leaky check dam. It would be interesting to see it functioning with higher flows.
This is the same stream structure as above.
Too bad, it's definitely a good day for a swim.
The ice was building fast in areas of slackwater.
It's common to see bighorn sheep through this reach, but not today. The walk out is a bit chilly. While warming in our car, we bid farewell to Waterton as another day's light slowly fades.