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Old 02-07-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Keep in mind, this is winter, so nothing's green. I was looking for semi-xeriscape. These pics were taken today from west of McCulloch towards Avenida del Oro.



























































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Old 02-08-2009, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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This is awesome, McGowdog! This is exactly the kind of stuff I love. I LOVE xeriscape, I love the desert feel instead of Kentucky bluegrass. I love pinion pines, juniper, yucca, cholla, all kinds of other cactus. It's clear though some of these homeowners are much better at doing it than others. Your picture almost looks like it could be in Albuquerque... almost. I wish there could be more where this came from in Denver. Only problem, and it's not your fault... it was so gloomy the day you took your pictures. The xeriscaped look looks a lot better when it's blasting sunny outside, imo.

Are you using your cellphone camera to take pictures?
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Yes Vegas, and the only pics that really stood out for me were the ones I took towards the north. Problems was, some pics that I wanted to take were to the south of me towards the sun.

I used my EnV and would have liked to use my wife's camera, but I don't have or know where the connector is to get the pics onto my laptop or to my pic place. I have the flash memory card thingy at work, so it's just laziness.

But I thought you'd get a better idea of what we've got out in P-Dub. I didn't even get a chance to venture off to some of the more remote property further to the west of there. Some lots are so big that they are hard and expensive if not impossible to landscape. Some areas look so natural and perfect just as they are. I'm not so lucky We get nothing but weeds on our property and it's hard to keep up on it. These pics will help give me some ideas as I tackle phases II, III, etc. of our property.

Thx 4 checkin' them out. I'll try to take some better ones on a sunnier day with a better camera.

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Old 02-09-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Great pictures !!
I need to do that landscaping also! I am sick of my water bills (and I even have ditch water to help out).
I hear ya' about the weed control....I got my weed and pest control license to poison but, I only used it once and looked like a martian all suited up (my DH took pics when he stopped laughing)...not good for the enviroment either!
I'm gonna' use these pics as a guideline ,...thanks for posting!
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Only problem, and it's not your fault... it was so gloomy the day you took your pictures. The xeriscaped look looks a lot better when it's blasting sunny outside, imo.

Are you using your cellphone camera to take pictures?
I didn't know I could do this, but as we speak I'm "brightening up these photos right from photobucket by hitting edit, contrast, and boosting the brightness up a bit. I lose a tad bit of resolution way off in the distance or in the sky, but who cares about the gloomy sky in these photos! It's pretty cool.

You can't make a gloomy day brighter, but you can bring brightness into a gloomy day. I didn't quote that because I think I just invented it! I'm a poet and don't know it. Joe

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Old 02-09-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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That's a significant improvement! It doesn't "fix" the gray skies, but it makes the foreground in your pictures so much easier to see! Before about half of those pictures were so dark I had to really squint my eyes just to make out what they were. Now it is much, much clearer!

Is there much in the way of xeriscaping in Pueblo proper, or is that pretty much a Pueblo West phenomenon?

Also, why is it that Pueblo West, for the most part, is one of the only places in Colorado where Spanish/ southwestern style architecture, motifs such as white stucco and red tile roof homes, are common in new homes? You hardly see any of that stuff in new construction in Denver or Colorado Springs (let alone northern Colorado) except in occasional million dollar+ custom homes.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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Thanks for those.

Last time I was/lived in Pueblo Robert Kennedy Jr. Came to the fairground for a visit.

Same year I broke my arm during reccess.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Denver
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The advantage of "old Pueblo" is that when it's 90-100 degrees out, there are actually mature trees instead of all that xeroscape, to shade you from the sun.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:45 AM
 
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Thanks for posting those pics - you are very very close to my property's neck of the wo....desert. Always good to see PW anytime of year when you're 950 miles away. Makes me "homesick".

Thanks again Dog - +1 for ya.
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:59 AM
 
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Thanks for the pics. I was use to doing 4 to 5 hours mowing every week or two. The grass never dies in Missouri, it just grows and grows. I was spending almost as much on the riding mower as I was for the gas for the car in the summer. This will give me a break on doing weekly yard work once we done with land scapeing done.
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