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 […]
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 […]
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.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Contrast, and she’s asking her readers whether they’re ready to break out their inner dissidents and celebrate nonconformity. I think this shopkeeper is, for sure! I took this photo day before yesterday while passing through the beautiful town of Chama in northern New Mexico. We were returning from a camping trip to a wilderness area near the Navajo Reservation, but we ran into some of the worst weather I’ve ever endured in a tent. […]
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 […]
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!
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons. See other bloggers’ interpretations here. A view from a window in Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany, 2003. Three seasons in one image!
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; unfortunately Jake’s site is no longer active, so I can’t link to other interpretations. 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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 Water; unfortunately Jake’s site is no longer active, so I can’t link to other interpretations.
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 […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Share a picture that is BLUE! Before I visited Lake Tahoe I was aware of an environmental campaign called Keep Tahoe Blue, so of course I expected the lake to be blue. But I’ll never forget catching my first glimpse of it. This lake is REALLY blue. Amazingly so. Add “See blue Lake Tahoe” to your bucket lists. Learn more about this week’s WordPress theme and check out other bloggers’ interpretations here.
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.