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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


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Saturday, June 20, 2009

More Flowers/Naked Edge update

What it's like right now in Colorado's high country

I thought these photos were kind of fun and wanted to share them with you. A couple weekends ago, I went for a drive in the mountains with my younger son, Benjamin, and his girlfriend, Lucy. We drove along Trail Ridge Road to give Lucy a view of the real Rocky Mountains. She'd never seen mountains like this before. And although it was technically late spring, up there it was still winter. We got caught in a bit of a snow storm, which made me nervous. Anyone who has driven on Trail Ridge Road will understand why.

We drove Lucy to an overlook where she'd be able to see where I almost died — but the clouds were so thick and the snow falling so heavily that the entire mountain range was obscured. D'oh!

A look at the snowpack along the Continental Divide

The photo above shows where ploughs cut through the snow to clear the road. Just to give you some perspective, my son is six feet tall.

Meanwhile, down at 5,000 feet elevation, my garden is in high bloom. It's so lovely I could sit out there all day.

Here's a glimpse of our King Arthur giant delphinium, which just popped. It's so majestic. I tried to get a close-up so you could see the details inside the blossoms.

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This is a shot of the middle bed in my front yard rose garden. You can see the King Arthur delphinium in the background. Anne Bolyne and Heritage are the pink roses toward the front. Beside them is lavender, which is just starting to bloom. There's penstemon, a Rocky Mountain wildflower, and purple coneflower, which hasn't yet bloomed.

Update on Naked Edge: I saw that they've moved the release date till March 2010. The book is due on July 15. If I can make that deadline, there's still a chance the book might be bumped to April or May. Hopefully not. So I might not post again after this until the book is done. I really need to focus every word my brain can conjure on the story.

I am taking vacation from the newspaper in the beginning of July and can't wait! I'll spend the time writing and sleeping and sniffing roses.


Debbie H said...

Your flowers are absolutely beautiful. I'm glad to see Benjy found a new love. I left Colorado when I was 5 yrs old, but I still remember the mountains, snow, the smell of pine, the absolute beauty of it. We lived in Gunnison for about three years while my father worked on a drilling rig. My mother, the brave woman she was, pulled a 12 wide trailer with a station wagon, a 3yr old, 5 yr old and her younger brother (a teenager) out of the mountains into the desert of NM.

Enjoy your time off, you so deserve it.

Heather D said...

The garden is absolutely beautiful!!

Luci said...

Lovely flowers Pamela. Your garden is just awesome!

Wow those mountains and that snow! Here we've been baking in the heat for over a month now! Just little hills in Malta :).

Good luck with the writing!!

Amanda said...

Wow your garden is so beautiful!!! Makes me miss mine when I live in the city during the week!

Best of luck with the writing! and enjoy the time off you sooo deserve it!

Linda A. said...

Breathtaking views of the mountains, and yes, I think your delph is the same as mine. What an amazing shade of blue. Good luck with the writing, and enjoy your vacation.You have definitely earned it!

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