Colorado Photography of the American West

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30 March 2013

Rocky Mountain Waterfall on the Roaring Fork River, Colorado

Colorado Rocky Mountain waterfall cascades over boulders and rocks into an aqua blue pool

Can you imagine sitting on this rock, listening to the rush and tumble of the never ending water? Do you ever wonder where the water comes from? I always wonder in amazement that the strong flow never stops. This waterfall on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colorado is not very far from the Continental Divide. The winter skies bring snow and the slow melt sustains the mountain rivers until the cycle begins again. And again. And again.

“Do you have patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?” - Lao Tzu

Colorado Rocky Mountain waterfall cascades over boulders and rocks into an aqua blue pool


Rocky Waterfall
An amazing Colorado Rocky Mountain waterfall cascades over boulders and rocks into an aqua blue pool. 
Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colorado

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26 March 2013

Southwestern Mission In Chimayo, New Mexico

Southwestern Mission In Chimayo New Mexico

You will find that most of the photographs of El Santuario de Chimayo are of the exterior.  But for me the interior is by far the most interesting and beautiful to view.  The old Spanish mission was built in 1816 by a private individual and became a National Historic Landmark in 1970.  It is definitely a worthwhile destination on your next trip to the southwest.  I took this photo a few years ago, and have always liked the warm golden glow inside the sanctuary. I have taken a second look at it making minor improvements and have given it a new crop. If curious, you can see the earlier version and post here.  

Southwestern Mission In Chimayo New Mexico

Sacred Sanctuary
An old Spanish mission is bathed in soft golden light illuminating the lovely wooden interior and altar. Chimayo, New Mexico

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24 March 2013

Woodland Spring in Fort Collins, Colorado

Woodland spring nature photography, of a meandering woodland path through ancient cottonwood trees and wild cherry blossoms of pink and white. Fort Collins, Colorado

We currently have a covering of snow here in northern Colorado, but I am reminded that this replenishing snow will fortify our woodlands for a burst of springtime pink and white cherry blossoms  very soon. This photo was taken on an urban nature walk through one of our plentiful open spaces in Fort Collins last year. Take heart. Spring is coming!

Woodland spring nature photography, of a meandering woodland path through ancient cottonwood trees and wild cherry blossoms of pink and white. Fort Collins, Colorado


Woodland Spring
An urban woodland path meanders through ancient cottonwood trees and wild cherry blossoms of pink and white.
Fort Collins, Colorado

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15 March 2013

Orange Tulip Pops - Flower Photography

Two newly opened orange tulips look like lollipops on a sage green distressed background.

As I looked at these two orange tulips just opening they looked more and more like giant lollipops. I'm not sure if my sweet tooth was flavoring my vision or if I just see things differently. Tell me what you see.

Two newly opened orange tulips look like lollipops on a sage green distressed background.


Orange Pops
Two newly opened orange tulips look like lollipops on a sage green distressed background.

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11 March 2013

Narrow Leaf Penstemon, A Colorado Wildflower

narrowleaf penstemon comes in many hues of purple, lavender, violet, and amethyst

Penstemon is a very large genus of North American wildflowers also known as beardtongue. I have found the narrow leaf variety growing all over the foothills and plains of Colorado wherever sandy soil is found. Besides being a pretty flower that is very hardy and drought tolerent it was believed that Native Americans used penstemon roots to relieve toothaches.

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. -- Theodore Roethke


narrowleaf penstemon comes in many hues of purple, lavender, violet, and amethyst


Penstemon
This narrow leaf penstemon comes in many hues of purple, lavender, violet, and amethyst.
Colorado Wildflower

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06 March 2013

Pawnee Buttes on the High Plains of Colorado

Two buttes rise above the high plains of Colorado

Walking out to the buttes on Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado can be full of surprises especially with unpredictable spring weather. This day there were storms rolling through which made for great photography potential. Without any cover or place to retreat we were ever mindful of the lightning that accompanies such storms and probably stayed a bit too long. But the grandeur of the vista and sky were simply too hard to resist. Do you ever indulge yourself in potential risks to shoot photography?

Pawnee Buttes

Pawnee Buttes
Two buttes rise above the high plains of Colorado with a stormy sky as a spring storm rolls over the grasslands.
Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado

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