If you’re an animal lover, you will love this post. Really. I just returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Grail of animal rescue organizations, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and I’m ready to share some photos with you and maybe restore some of your faith in humanity (I don’t know about you, but every so often I need a dose of that). Located on 3,700 acres in the stunning red rock canyon country of southern Utah and housing more than […]
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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.
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.
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.
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 From a Distance: share a view in which the subject is a long distance from the camera. Check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here. Look very closely and you will see Terry on top of the mound, waving back at me! This is a very desolate area in Utah […]
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 Splendid (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here).
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 Silence (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here).
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.
A fun activity to pursue in Utah is finding pictographs and petroglyphs. We found this wall of pictographs in a box canyon and thought some of the figures depicted here look like aliens with helmets. It’s easy to let your imagination run wild while in these isolated locations. 😉
Utah is one of my favorite places on the planet. I love the desert, the wide-open vistas with no signs of development, the dark night skies, and the sound of silence so loud that you can hear your ears ring. I love driving on deserted highways. I love sleeping in a tent and waking up to coyotes howling in the distance. (However, our dogs never enjoyed that. They trembled under their sleeping bags.) Fortunately Terry loves desert vacations as much […]
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.
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.