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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Rocky Mountain Lotus Pond

The summer tourist season saw its usual swarm of people bustling around the shopping district of the normally sleepy mountain town. The crowds were much deeper then most summer weekends, however, since the internationally known sculpture festival is now playing down the canyon in my hometown of Loveland. Our destination was in opposite direction of the herd.

Nestled in between a back country road and a sparse cluster of cabins lies a graceful lotus pond high in the town of Estes Park, CO, USA at the mouth of Rocky Mountain National Park. This humble little pool of brackish water with lazy koi fish is dwarfed by the giant, jagged cirque of mountains that tower over and surround it--yet its profound beauty can not be denied. These are pictures that I took upon visiting this quaint, sacred pond community this afternoon:

(Above: I really enjoy how you can see ripples along the edges of the lily pads).

It was a beautiful scene and a very peaceful visit. The lotus flowers stretched out to the sky and it seemed as if light was shooting up out of them into the heavens. The other feeling I felt was that each lotus represented a Buddha to be. I thought of you all in those mindful moments.

(Above: Buddha decided to come along for the ride. I think he was happy to get out of the house, stretch his legs and breath in some fresh mountain air).

~Peace to all beings~

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Greenwoman said...

Beautiful meditative read. *smiles*

Bless you my friend.

Korrie said...


They call him James Ure said...


I'm glad that I was able to convey some of the peace and beauty that I felt when taking in this pond and it's community.


(breaths in) Ah yes (breaths out).

Anonymous said...

Yes, very beautiful indeed. You seem to have a good eye for photography, as well.

They call him James Ure said...


They are gorgeous flowers. So stunning and delicate. And thank-you for the kind words. I find that my artist's eye transfers from the canvas to the camera. I am so thankful to have such a fun gift.

Adrienne Parker said...

Ah, thank you James. What a breath of fresh peaceful air. Beautiful photos.

They call him James Ure said...


Thank-you. I am happy to bring you them. I enjoy bringing others joy and peace.

greenjuju said...

I was wondering if you would be able to give me directions to the pond. Thanks!

They call him James Ure said...

@Greenjuju. Are you Colorado?

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