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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One very sassy crow added a magical element to my Utah roadtrip last week when he landed in front of me at a scenic overlook in Bryce Canyon National Park. Right in front of ME, the nature-loving amateur photographer (who also happens to love crows). And my camera was not in the car, it was in my hands. Hooray! This bird and the resulting photos made me crazy happy and were one of the highlights of my trip. 😉
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 […]
Here’s an unusual POV for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: me having fun at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry in a maze of mirrors. Blogger friends, I’m off to Iceland for one week, and I will catch up with all of your posts when I return. I’m hoping to check an item off my life list and drink a glass of wine under the Northern Lights, and the forecast is lookin’ good. Wish me luck!
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 […]
While attending an event in the Fort Worth Convention Center last week, I snapped a pic of this giant star, covered in hundreds of cowboy hats, that hangs over the main lobby. I’m not really a fan of Texas culture, but I think it’s a clever (and weird!) way to combine two iconic symbols of the Lone Star State. Of course, there’s a story behind it. I’m dedicating tomorrow to catching up on all of your blogs and seeing what […]
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 […]
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 Fleeting. I immediately knew which image to post. In summer 2000, Terry and I took off to visit the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Utah, along with our new dog Rex (recently sprung from the Denver dog jail). We stopped for lunch and then climbed back into the truck to continue exploring. Terry slowly drove down a 4WD road through the trees. We were no more than 70 yards away from our picnic spot […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is The Sign Says. Hmmm…can something personal be authorized?? 😉 Local unemployed editors in Pittsburgh might want to swing by the human resources office at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with a copy of this image. This is a fabulous convention center, by the way. It incorporates many green design features, including daylighting, and has observation decks over Pittsburgh’s Allegheny River. Quite nice. I love silly signs. If you do too, you can see […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Urban. Share a photo that means URBAN to you! This is the best photo I’ve ever taken in an urban setting, surprising because it’s a night scene and I was using a point-and-shoot Nikon. Friends and I were headed back to the hotel after dinner, and I was fascinated by the reflections of the light on the water. I had to stop and snap a pic. You can see other bloggers’ interpretations of this week’s […]
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 Splendid (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here).
Recently I visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the second time. Whenever I’m traveling, I ask my cab or shuttle driver, “If I can only visit one attraction in your city before I leave, where do you suggest I go?” On this particular Saturday, it was raining like crazy, and so my hotel shuttle driver Zach suggested an indoor activity: the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History. I am always agreeable to a museum visit! I could only spend about three […]
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 Collectibles (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here). As a kid I collected rocks and minerals, and I still enjoy an occasional rockhounding expedition. Last week I visited the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, and they certainly have an impressive collection of rocks and minerals. Here are […]
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 […]
While visiting Atlanta last month, my colleagues and I stopped at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint for some live jazz and Southern cuisine. Two of my colleagues are hard-core foodies, and they ordered an assortment of tasty treats from the dessert menu. Oh, my! If I lived in Atlanta, I would come here every week. The food and the music are outstanding, and the ambiance is wonderful. From the website: Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is the culmination of a deep history […]
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).
Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? issued a new travel theme challenge: Art. I’m recycling an image I posted in the early days of my blog. I came across Da Tung & Xi’an Bao Bao while wandering around Portland on a rainy, chilly December day. According to the Portland Parks & Recreation website: The young elephant standing peacefully on his father’s back symbolizes safe and prosperous offspring. The elaborate surface decoration features cloud-shaped curves and birds and animals from ancient Chinese […]
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 Valuable (check out everyone’s interpretations of the challenge here).
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 […]