A friend came down from Denver last weekend to visit. We had planned a spring hike, but as luck would have it, it snowed like crazy Saturday afternoon and into the night. (Good thing we had a backup plan: drink wine.) Sunday morning, however, was a testament to why I love Colorado: blinding sun and severe blue skies, no matter what other weather phenomenon happened just hours before. My friend’s dog Ziggy looks like he’s smiling in this photo. I […]
Recently I visited a couple in Salida, Colorado, who are the proud owners of an old homestead. They lovingly restored the home, built at the turn of the century, rather than tearing it down and building new. They’re thrilled with the the apple orchard on their property, planted many years ago and still producing. And they refurbished this old windmill, lying on its side by the barn, that came with their property purchase. They commissioned a new wooden lattice tower […]
This week WordPress challenged us to post a photo that demonstrates the concept of focus. I stalked this specimen in my back yard, braving the blazing sun, hot sand, and biting ants to venture ever closer and bring this lizard into focus. I hope you enjoy it. 😉 I think it’s a sagebrush lizard, but I’m not 100% sure. You should check out all of the great interpretations for this week’s challenge over here.
Ailsa’s invited us to participate in her new travel theme, Big. Juxtaposing this homestead with the Sangre de Cristo peaks in the background of this image helps to convey how massive these mountains are. Their range extends from the Colorado town of Poncha Springs into New Mexico near Santa Fe, and it includes several fourteeners (Colorado-speak for a mountain taller than 14,000 feet). Click on the image to see the homestead better. Thanks for the theme, Ailsa, and for the […]
I stopped for gas in Fairplay on my way home from Denver on Saturday and saw this handsome guy in the parking lot. I chatted with his companion, a nice older man sitting on a bench and drinking coffee outside the station. He told me that his dog’s name is Sunshine and that he loves to go for car rides. A fitting name for this canine, who brightened my day and also made several other people at the gas station […]
I didn’t have to venture out and about for this weirdness…it came to me! We found this handsome snake in our kitchen this afternoon. (Note to self: Always investigate when the dogs seem interested in looking under the furniture. I think this guy spent the night in our house!) I scooped him into a bucket, put a lid on it, and dug out an old guidebook, Amphibians and Reptiles in Colorado. Sure enough, it’s a baby bullsnake. I set him […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is The World Through Your Eyes. That concept is essentially the premise of my blog, and most of you have a pretty good idea of what my world looks like. Well, this week it’s pretty smoky and my eyes are burning, thanks to more wildfires than I can count in New Mexico and Colorado. Worse than last year. When I framed this shot, I made sure to include the foliage in the front to give […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Escape. I’m deviating from the theme of fabulous vacation vistas and posting an image of Gusto and Dave. My two rowdy boys have no patience when it comes to my photographing their antics. Here they’ve eluded capture yet again (and I swear they enjoy it). You can see other bloggers’ interpretations of Escape here.
A few years ago, before I moved to my remote mountain community, I lived and worked in Denver. I’ve never been a city person, so I wasn’t very happy about my urban existence. At least my job was located in the outskirts of Denver and I could see some wildlife now and then. On my way to work every day, I drove through an office park next to a golf course, and I soon noticed a huge tree with several […]
Last week I stopped on my way to Denver to watch this elk herd race toward the small town of Fairplay, Colorado. (Some trivia for you: Fairplay is thought to be the model for the town in the animated series South Park.) I often see elk here in Colorado, usually near my house on my way to the post office. But this herd was larger than most. Note the male on the right watching me. I can’t share the best […]
So tonight I downloaded some images from my point-and-shoot camera, and here’s one I had forgotten about. We encountered this fine specimen while out on a hike on my birthday in October. I think he (she?) may be a wolf spider because of the distinctive eyes. I’m hoping my blogger friend Greg Joder over at My Earth will weigh in and tell us for sure.
We’re celebrating a white Christmas here in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. This is our neighborhood ziggurat in the distance, and you can see elk tracks in the foreground. Merry Christmas to all of my blogger friends around the world!
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Surroundings, and you can check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here. Although I absolutely love to visit new cities, I don’t like to live in urban areas. I’m one of those people who prefer to sit in the last row in the classroom, preferably against the wall. In an […]
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Soft (check out other bloggers’ photos here). This is chamisa, a high desert shrub that blankets miles of sandy acres at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado, where I live. Colorado fans and plant enthusiasts, check out this nice summary of our area’s “woody weeds,” authored by the biologist Susan J. Tweit.
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Free Spirit. Share a photo that means Free Spirit to you! I think that most dogs are free spirits, and mine often remind me not to take life too seriously. I love this photo of my dear old dog Rex, chasing his buddy Munchie in the sand at Lake Dillon years ago. You can see other bloggers’ interpretations of this week’s theme here.
Summer skiing in Colorado is quite an endeavor. You hold on to your skis while on the lift, jump off the lift in your ski boots, walk to where the snow begins, and then put on your skis and ski down. Not ideal conditions, but fun to do once.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Sunset (check out other bloggers’ photos here). I think this is my best sunset photo ever, and it also has special meaning for me. I took this photo from our front porch on the first day we moved in to our mountain home. After years of traveling to this beautiful place, we finally moved here so that we could enjoy it every day. This photo always makes me smile! 😉 If you love sunset […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Jake’s Sunday Post this week is Close-Up (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here).
I’m back from a few days of traveling. My last post on July 13 was a photo of a Colorado rainbow and everyone seemed to enjoy it, so here’s another. After 16 hours of travel on Sunday, I turned onto the road home (only 12 more miles to go from this point after a day of planes, trains, and automobiles!) and was greeted by this lovely sight. A great welcome home! 😉
While scanning some old negatives, I came across this image that I hadn’t seen or thought about in years. Terry and I were on one of our many road trips, and after a rainstorm this rainbow emerged. We stopped to take some photos. We could see another photographer farther down the road with a huge, professional camera setup. This scene was so magical. I’ll bet that he got a lot of mileage out of his photos, either by selling them […]
Terry took this photo of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs on Sunday. The fire spread so quickly that this scene developed within about 45 minutes. His friends had 20 minutes to evacuate their home, and so he headed over to assist. They are still staying with family as of today, unable to return home yet as the fire continues to behave erratically and change direction.
Back in the summer of 1998, we were on yet another road trip to Utah when we decided to take a detour and investigate a possibly interesting dot on the road map outside of Cortez, Colorado: Lowry Pueblo. This area of the state is home to many Native American archeological sites, including the world-famous Mesa Verde, and it now enjoys a Canyons of the Ancients National Monument designation. This is Anasazi country (but please note that the preferred name is […]
This week Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack asks, “Where’s your secret place?” Although the Great Sand Dunes have been designated a National Park, their remote location means few people make the trip to see them. I’ve been visiting this amazing place for more than 20 years, and I love this area so much that I eventually moved here. People are slowly discovering this location, but as you can see in this photo from last April, it still feels like a […]
This week’s WordPress theme is today. No rules or guidance on what to post other than the photo must be taken today! Here’s what I saw while out walking the dog in my neighborhood. Learn more about this week’s WordPress theme and check out other bloggers’ interpretations here.
I lived in Colorado Springs for a few years, and in my opinion one of the best features of that city is the Garden of the Gods, a geologic wonderland on the west side of town near the mountains. In the past two decades the city has added seemingly endless miles of suburban blight, but communities on the west side have character and feature easy access to many natural attractions. If your itinerary is tight, you can quickly exit from […]
Every week Jake provides a theme for creative inspiration. Bloggers post their interpretations before the following Sunday, when Jake announces the next photo theme. Join the fun and see other bloggers’ interpretations here. One evening I went out to my patio to harvest some herbs from my container garden. I stopped and stared when I saw this gang of colorful caterpillars hard at work stripping my dill plant! I Googled “weird caterpillars eating dill plant” and found out that this […]
Today’s post isn’t related to travel, but I’ll deviate from the norm just this once to relate this tale. Some of you may remember the story of how we ended up with 6 dogs in our house. On Valentine’s Day we adopted Luna, a sweet little border collie mix from an animal shelter in Denver. She came from a Native American Reservation, and I expected a challenge. Rez Dogs, as they’re called, often have to learn about riding in cars, […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Share a picture with TWO SUBJECTS! Our two beloved dogs, Misty and Rex. They are both gone now, and this is one of my favorite photos of them. Swimming was one of Rex’s favorite hobbies. Misty preferred staying closer to shore. You can see other bloggers’ interpretations of this week’s theme here.
It seems as though Spring is the focus of many blog posts lately (I especially liked Finn’s Birds and bee(flie)s and TBM’s Saturday Stroll in London). I love seeing everyone’s images of the changing seasons. Here in the high desert of Colorado, the signs of spring are more subtle.
After finally having an opportunity to stop and photograph bighorn sheep last month, I was lucky again last Thursday morning! I actually saw four separate groups of bighorn sheep on Highway 50 between Canon City and Salida, and I was able to stop and photograph this group.
Yesterday I posted a photo of purple hyacinths, which used to be the first flower that emerged in my garden in Colorado Springs. Now I live in the high desert of Colorado’s San Luis Valley, and this is the first flower I see in the Spring.