Dog Days of Winter

Happy Monday friends! We ended up getting snowed on this weekend (yay) and even though it was just 8 inches it made it feel more like winter around here. It’s the good kind of snow also known as Colorado’s Champagne Powder. It’s light, fluffy, easy to shovel and glorious to play in. We chiseled out time in between being sick and shoveling clients snow to hike through pine timber, up to a freshly covered, untouched lake. The air was crisp, the sun, exceptionally warm, and the knee-high snow, so very welcomed.

Sun rays shine through pine trees. Victoria Lise 2018Styx attempts to camouflage with snow. Victoria Lise 2018

Styx (our dog) lives for the unleashed, wild and free days of winter, spring, summer and fall although prancing through snow and catching snow balls seem to be amongst his favorite of all season activities.  He can also be incredibly challenging to capture still as he’s constantly on the go and in the past when I line up a perfect shot of him something is usually off in my camera settings and the moments gone before I can correct. Above he was stalking me like prey giving me the opportunity to photograph his primal essence.

Long Lake and Whetstone Mountain with fresh snow. Victoria Lise 2018Victoria Lise throws snowball to dog, Styx. 2018

The light that filtered through the pine trees was absolutely magical but once we reached the lake, the sun was incredibly harsh making it less than optimal for shooting. I also wore way to many layers for how warm it was. I don’t know what I was thinking maybe that it was January in Colorado and the #1 all season rule is to dress in layers? Either way there is nothing like being outdoors, immersed in nature, under a blue sky, through fragrant pines and sugary snow.

Mount Crested Butte behind pines. Victoria Lise 2018Victoria Lise frolicks in fresh snow with dog, Styx. 2018

I hope you and your pups find more time to spend outdoors this year! What did you do this weekend? Share with me below! 

Thank you for joining me here and until next time..

Happy trails ♥

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23 Comments

  1. Wow, so beautiful 🙂 Your dog looks very excited. Enjoy!

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    1. It truly is! Thank you so much, Nikirath! Have a beautiful day! X

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  2. amazing pictures, the snow can be so beautiful! I love the one of your dog stalking you 😂 we got snow this weekend as well, 16 inches ❄️❄️ spent some time chilling in the house & trying to stay warm!

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    1. Whaaat?! 16 inches! I’m jealous and I’m not the biggest fan of winter but its just been so strange around here. He thinks he can camo himself in the snow, haha. Thanks Jamie! Hope you guys get out of the negative temps some time soon!! xx

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  3. Ahh your pup is so adorable and it definitely shows through that he loves being in the snow! The way the pines contrast with their surroundings is beautiful and I think that you captured the atmosphere of the place in your photographs perfectly. Wishing you a wonderful new week 🙂 Xx

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    1. Thank you so very much, Maria!! I have always loved the contrast of the pines against blue sky and white snow! Thank you, I hope your week is smooth and wonderful! Best wishes xx

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    1. Thank you so much! It is so pretty after a fresh snow! X

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      1. Totally agreed and the world is all clean and innocent

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      2. Absolutely!! I love that feeling!

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  4. Debi walls

    That’s my kiddos miss u love u

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  5. Your dog is adorable! Loving all these snowy pics!

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    1. Thank you so very much!! We have more snow in the forecast so we’ll see what happens! Hope you’re having a wonderful week! x

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  6. These photos are absolutely gorgeous. And you look like you’re having so much fun. It’s too hot to take my pooch outside at the moment. 42C is scorchingly hot and I’d settle for a bit of cooling snow right now. Enjoy! Big hugs from here 🙂 xo

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    1. Thank you! It was so nice to get out and about and view a lake after a fresh dusting. Yikes you are in full blown summer!! We haven’t been above freezing in about a week. Big hugs and lots of love x

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  7. Amazing shots Victoria – I absolutely adore the one where you’re both standing up (snowball in hand).. Wonderful!!! x

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendy! That is my favorite photo as well, such a sweet moment! Hope you and your beautiful family are doing well as we settle into 2018!! Xx

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      1. I’m not surprised – it’s an amazing shot which truly captures a wonderful moment!
        Yes thanks Victoria – apart from the flu which everybody’s got at the moment, the year has started brilliantly. I’ve been on a training course for the last 10 days which I finished today…. and passed – phew! I hope you’re doing brilliantly too xxx

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      2. Congratulations! That is wonderful! Not the flu part but passing your 10 day course, so great! So glad you are well for the most part and wish you all a speedy recovery from the nasty flu! Xx

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  8. How did Styx survive being buried deep in snow shown in that one pic? He sure is a champ

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    1. He does really well in the deep snow, sometimes I think he prefers the challenge, haha! He will always choose to frolicking through the snow over walk on pavement or even a dirt road with us, he is a character! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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