“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” -John Muir
Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon We could float among the stars together, you and I For we can fly, we can fly Up, up and away My beautiful, my beautiful balloon The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon We can... Continue Reading →
O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea! #Colorado #home
Tis the land where the columbines grow, Overlooking the plains far below, While the cool summer breeze in the evergreen trees Softly sings where the columbines grow. - A.J. Finn
In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. - Mark Twain So far this week: Sunny and 70's Rain Snow Sunny and 50's Sleet Thundersnow (it’s a thing…) Snow Sunny and 60's Rain Graupel (it’s a thing too…) Snow It must be spring!
Winter is not going down without a fight. Yesterday it was 'summer in light and winter in the shade'. Today we woke up to winter everywhere... and despite my giddy anticipation of spring, I cannot help but be held breathless by its beauty.
Whiskey and ice and everything nice. Capping off a perfect spring skiing day with a little Irish whiskey.... Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
"It was one of those beautiful high plains days, where the sky just blinks blue at the earth and you have to remind yourself to take it in." - Craig Johnson I love you, Denver.
She had never known that ice could take on so many shades of blue: sharp lines of indigo like the deepest sea, aquamarine shadows, even the glint of blue-green where the sun struck just so. - Malinda Lo, 'Huntress' FOCUS: Still Life Colorado has been in a deep freeze with temperatures well below freezing for... Continue Reading →
Frosted windowpanes, candles gleaming inside, painted candy canes on the tree... - The Christmas Waltz FOCUS: HolidayOld Man Winter has been making a bold statement the past few days. The low last night was -15 degrees fahrenheit, and the high today only 10 degrees (that's -26 and -10 degrees to you metric minded followers). Brrrrrrrrrrr. When... Continue Reading →
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas... FOCUS: Holiday A cold arctic front moved in last night bringing with it bitter cold temperatures and snow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here...
He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below He saw everything as far as you can see - "Rocky Mountain High", John Denver FOCUS: 30 Days of Thanks Today I am thankful to live in Colorado. What a wonderful place to call home. ... Continue Reading →
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. - John Muir FOCUS: Travel There is nothing like a weekend in the mountains to clear the mind and rejuvenate the soul... especially when that weekend... Continue Reading →
Autumn is the hush before winter. ~French Proverb FOCUS: Nature I am truly in love with the autumn we are having here in Colorado. The weather has been spectacular, and the colors beyond compare. This morning, we woke up to a beautiful dusting of snow. The bright, white blanket made the fall colors all... Continue Reading →
Above me, wind does its best to blow leaves off the aspen tree... No use wind. All you succeed in doing is making music... - Bill Holm FOCUS: Nature The Colorado gold rush is on. The Aspen trees, bursting with color, are singing their autumnal song. ... Continue Reading →
...A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. - Samwise Gamgee FOCUS: Life Unscripted After days and days of rain and disastrous flooding, the sun was a most welcome sight this morning.
Rain, rain, go away... FOCUS: Life Unscripted And so it continues... a year's worth of rain in less than a week. Incredible.
Something wicked this way comes... - Ray Bradbury FOCUS: Life Unscripted And the rain, storms and flooding continue...
The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. - Genesis FOCUS: Life Unscripted "A Flood of Biblical Proportions" "A Bona Fide 100-Year Storm" "Canyon Washed Down to Bedrock" "Roads Crumble; Town A Mess" These are just some of the headlines used... Continue Reading →
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. - Robert Louis Stevenson FOCUS: Life Unscripted Spending a little time in the wilderness. One... Continue Reading →
An apple is an excellent thing... until you try a peach. - George DuMarier FOCUS: Food One more edition to my 'Taste of Summer' series - peaches. Now I realize that Georgia is famous for its peaches. And I've tried them. In fact, I've tried many of them. And they taste just fine. But,... Continue Reading →
It never gets easier. You just go faster. - Greg LeMond FOCUS: Sports We are huge cycling fans in our household, and a highlight of our year is late August when Colorado hosts the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The best part of this race for us is attending the final stage of this 7-day... Continue Reading →
...ears of corn letting their auburn hair wind down to their stalks. - Toni Morrison FOCUS: Food You know summer is nearing its end when the Olathe sweet corn from the western slope of Colorado makes its way into the markets. All it needs is a quick char on the grill and a slather... Continue Reading →
The mountains are calling, and I must go. - John Muir FOCUS: Landscape We took the Jeep out today for a 4WD trek up the east side of Rollins Pass. In the early 1900's, railroad advertising called this route the "Top O' the World" as it crossed over the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains,... Continue Reading →
The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing -- a blanket -- the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of... Continue Reading →
I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine. -William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream FOCUS: Nature You don't have to go far outside of Denver to reach the relative wild of the Rocky Mountain foothills. ... Continue Reading →
There is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they are absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them. - Jo Walton FOCUS: Sunset I realize that just a few days ago I used a photo of the sunset as my 'photo of the day', and here I am doing it again. But... Continue Reading →
The redness had seeped from the day and night was arranging herself around us. Cooling things down, staining and dyeing the evening purple and blue black. - Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees FOCUS: Sunset / Wildfire It has been unusually hot on the Colorado front range this past week. Temperatures have hovered... Continue Reading →
…the joy of the prairie lies in its subtlety. It is so easy—too easy—to be swept away by mountain and ocean vistas. A prairie, on the other hand, requests the favor of your closer attention. It does not divulge itself to mere passersby. - Suzanne Winckler FOCUS: Nature/Landscape When one thinks of Colorado it... Continue Reading →
May is a pious fraud of the almanac, A ghastly parody of real spring Shaped out of snow and breathed with eastern wind; - James Russell Lowell Focus: Still Life Spring has been delayed, folks. Hopefully, not permanently. Personally, I did not expect that my first two photos of May would look so wintry. ... Continue Reading →
The most beautiful springs are those that come after the most horrible winters! - Mehmet Murat Ildan Focus: Macro I realize my photos have been heavy on the flower shots lately, but I just can't get enough of them. My eyes are so hungry for spring after this year's long, lingering winter. Word has... Continue Reading →
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland Focus: Still Life 75 inches of snow in Denver since January 1st. 20 inches of snow thus far in April alone. You know, I'm really beginning to doubt that quote by Hal Borland...
The sound of thunder, the smell of rain. The earth giving birth to another season. Nature's labor pains...Beautiful. ― Carol Morgan Focus: Cloudscape The weather has been so unsettled lately - snow, rain, sun, clouds - as if Mother Nature just isn't quite sure what to do with herself.
In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. - Mark Twain Focus: Still Life Talk about a turn around in the weather! The sunny, 72 degree weather of yesterday seems like a distant memory as the snow falls and temps hover around 12... Continue Reading →
One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers' plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul. - John Muir FOCUS: Travel I spent about an hour today exploring the spectacular valley of Grand County, Colorado. The dramatic landscape was... Continue Reading →
The snow is melting into music. - John Muir Focus: Travel While skiing today I was struck by the sheer beauty of the snow covered slopes as they succumb day-by-day to the onslaught of spring. The warm temperatures and spring winds have carved beautiful patterns in the snow, capturing the morning light like ripples... Continue Reading →
Our favorite amusement during that winter was tobogganing... Down these steep slopes we used to coast. We would get on our toboggan, a boy would give us a shove, and off we went! .... What joy! What exhilarating madness! For one wild, glad moment we snapped the chain that binds us to earth, and joining... Continue Reading →
The mountain has left me feeling renewed, more content and positive than I’ve been for weeks, as if something has been given back after a long absence, as if my eyes have opened once again. For this time at least, I’ve let myself be rooted in the unshakable sanity of the senses, spared my mind... Continue Reading →
Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. - Bruce Jackson FOCUS: Landscape (Black & White) Today, I happened upon the Carson Nature Center, which backs up to open space along the South Platte River. This area boasts sweeping views of the nearby Colorado mountains and sits exposed to the glorious wide... Continue Reading →
Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people's legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world. - Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen Focus: Landscape It's snowing again - big, fat, juicy flakes this time. One minute the snow is swirling about, the next the performance is over. It's like... Continue Reading →
It's crazy I'm thinking Just knowing that the world is round, And here I'm dancing on the ground. Am I right side up or upside down, And is this real or am I dreaming? - Dave Matthews, Crush Focus: Digital Art Happy 303 Day! Today is March 3rd - or, to abbreviate, '303' - which... Continue Reading →
Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. - Waylon Jennings Focus: Street Art Howdy, Cowboy! This is my nod to the National Western Stock Show that rides into town each January. This handsome man, along with other equally enticing profiles, can be found painted under a bridge on Little Raven St. in... Continue Reading →