My Non-Chaosy Background Image and How it Came to Be

It has been mentioned a few times by my good friend Bobs, that the current background image of this blog really does not fit the “Chaos” theme of it.
I beg to differ.

To truly know what chaos is, one must have something to compare it to. Chaos for those without children is probably more like the “good” days of those of us with young children.  To us, it would be peaceful, but to them… Well, just recall the reaction of friends or family without young children once they’ve spent an hour around your tornadoes… It’s overwhelming to them.

So what better way to show how chaotic the house is, than compare it to the perfect symbol of peace and quiet: a mountain top at sunset.  Better yet, one I experienced and photographed (although I’m kicking myself for not altering the resolution BEFORE taking the shots on our camera).

This photo was taken at 11,640 feet at the top of one of the mountains at Keystone, Colorado several weeks ago.  A late afternoon t-storm popped up and nearly eliminated our opportunity to go up the mountain.  But we lucked out and it stayed over a different peak, creating some awesome photo ops.

We rode the gondola to the top of the mountain which The Tackler LOVED! This grin was when he learned we’d get to ride up a second time (the first time up, it was windy and sprinkling rain from aforementioned storm cell).

A shot of Daddy and the Chaos Kids after the second ride up

Amazing what a difference 25 minutes can make! The wind and rain parked over a different mountain top.  The air was cool and dry.  It had a stillness to it, almost like the dead calm before a storm hits.  The only sounds were the gondola running and the rare person getting off of it to go the next gondola (evidently there was a private party on the restaurant on the other mountain, which is the only reason the gondola ran late, lucky for us). And even those sounds were quiet.  Even The Tackler and Lil Diva couldn’t make a dent in the peaceful silence of the mountain top.

It was incredible.  We stayed up until after the sunset, due to the gondola closing for rides up (unless you were among the previously mentioned dinner guests) – and this was our only chance to catch one.

The sunset did NOT disappoint.

It finally dips behind the mountain.

The storm that just missed us turned the sky colors I’ve rarely seen before. This size of photo just doesn’t do it justice.

A zoom in of the rain cloud. I’ve never seen a rain cloud so pink before.

The sky goes from orange to pink…

The view from the other side of the mountain, looking away from the sunset.
Everywhere you looked, the sky painted a different picture.
A shot of us by the ONLY other people we saw away from the gondolas the entire time we were up there.
Another view looking away from the sunset.
A final shot of the storm cloud.
A final shot as last light vanishes.

I wanted to stay up there forever.

And now every time I view my blog, I’m reminded that there is peace to found amidst the chaos.

**This blog is in reference to my old blog at before I moved to WordPress – it is why the formatting is a bit … off.

About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos ( sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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