Mountain State

I'm at my sister's house in Manitou Springs CO listening to the mountain trolls fight in the distance. Modern science describes them as the thunderstorms that brew over the mountain tops as the warm western winds from California, laden with Pacific Ocean moisture, sweep up into the cold, dry air of the Rockies. But that's just a side effect of troll battles, as close as science can come to explaining the ancient magic.

Driving here yesterday from the Denver airport, I saw rain evaporate halfway to the ground, unable to survive the thin arid air. See picture. It also contains an airplane and some kind of raptor perched on a gate.

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