Colorado Photography of the American West

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29 April 2009

Friday Favorites - Reflections


EARLY one day, the Muse, when eagerly bent on adornment,
Follow'd a swift-running streamlet, the quietest nook by it seeking.
Quickly and noisily flowing, the changeful surface distorted
Ever her moving form; the goddess departed in anger.
Yet the stream call'd mockingly after her, saying: "What, truly!
Wilt thou not view, then, the truth, in my mirror so clearly depicted?"
But she already was far away, on the brink of the ocean,
In her figure rejoicing, and duly arranging her garland.

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1799

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26 April 2009

Sunday Morning Gallery - Lake City to Marmot Crossing

Ric and I took this camping trip in June 1997 but it is one that really sticks with me. We packed up our camping gear, and our dogs Keota and Champ. Champ was just a young pup at the time. We loaded up our brand new Toyota 4Runner to test out its grit, and headed to Lake City, Colorado.

Lake City is an 1870’s mining town, located in a valley formed by the convergence of Henson Creek, and the headwaters of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. The picturesque community is surrounded by majestic, 14,000 foot peaks, and tall, old growth Cottonwood trees line the highway through town. Lake City has an elevation of 8,671 feet.

On the way to our camp site we traveled through some beautiful country. I had to stop to take a picture of the "marmot crossing" sign. I had never seen such a sign and to this day I have never seen another one. You know you are remote when you have to stop for marmots!

We finally found our designated camp in a hard to find state forest campground and set up camp. When we stay in one spot for a week we like to set up the "circus tent" which is really just a huge LL Bean tarp that is plenty roomy for outside living when the unpredictable mountain weather gets rough. We learned long ago that it is not too fun to spend all day in a tiny tent with two dogs. It is our outside room with a view.

I will be continuing the story of our Lake City trip with more pictures in a future post. Stay tuned to hear about our 4wheeling adventure to Cinnamon Pass.

21 April 2009

Friday Favorites - Butterflies

The Genesis of the Butterfly

The dawn is smiling on the dew that covers
The tearful roses; lo, the little lovers
That kiss the buds, and all the flutterings
In jasmine bloom, and privet, of white wings,
That go and come, and fly, and peep and hide,
With muffled music, murmured far and wide.
Ah, the Spring time, when we think of all the lays
That dreamy lovers send to dreamy mays,
Of the fond hearts within a billet bound,
Of all the soft silk paper that pens wound,
The messages of love that mortals write
Filled with intoxication of delight,
Written in April and before the May time
Shredded and flown, playthings for the wind's playtime,
We dream that all white butterflies above,
Who seek through clouds or waters souls to love,
And leave their lady mistress in despair,
To flit to flowers, as kinder and more fair,
Are but torn love-letters, that through the skies
Flutter, and float, and change to butterflies

Victor Hugo

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Earth Day Green Tips

Today is Earth Day. First, I would like to share some photographs of the beauty of our magnificent planet to remind us all of what it is we are protecting.

Morning Mist

Horsetooth Reflections

Ruby Jewel Valley

Making environmentally friendly decisions does not mean having to change your entire lifestyle. Start simple, and stick to small changes that, when continued on a regular basis, can have a huge positive impact on the environment.

Here are a few environmentally friendly ideas I'd like to share.

Since Mother's Day is just around the corner consider using a reusable tote bag instead of wrapping your Mother's Day gift in gift wrap. You can even personalize a tote bag and it becomes part of the gift. Check out this idea for a Mother's Day Tote. Here are some more Ecofriendly Office & Craft Products from Avery.

Stop buying water at the grocery and fill your own bottle with filtered tap water. If you found FilterForGood then you are already aware of the harmful effects bottled water has on our environment. Choose the greener solution by using a reusable bottle, and fill it with filtered tap water. You will save money and help the environment too.

Alternative energy can provide new jobs and help the fight against global warming. Contact your local utility company about alternative energy options for powering your home like wind power, landfill gas, biomass, and low-impact hydropower. If local companies do not offer any of these green alternatives, then consider purchasing carbon offsets to reduce your overall eco-impact. Check out a list of providers at the Green Power website maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency.

When I moved into my solar powered home ten years ago I was forced to take the plunge with compact fluorescent bulbs because they are so energy efficient. The energy savings has been enormous. And after ten years I have only replaced two bulbs, one was defective. Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. You'll find more on energy-efficient products and practices at Energy Star.

Finally shop smart when you can. I have found that many environmentally friendly products actually work better than the old traditional ones and they sure do smell better too! You can start here at Greener Choices.

18 April 2009

Spring Snow in Colorado

I usually do a Sunday Morning Gallery post and I had one prepared for today, but because many of you know I live in the foothills of northern Colorado, and may have heard of our intense spring storm I decided to post some photos. It has been a crazy few days.

It snowed all night Thursday and all the next day and through the next night too. Our landscape became surreal as the heavy wet snow clung to everything. The giant ponderosa pines, which normally can handle heavy snows, were swaying like drunken sailors with the heavy weight.

Then the snapping and popping like a rifle shot started as the tops, branches, and whole trees came crashing down around us unable to sustain the huge weight. I started to wonder when it would stop by that time and listened for house groans, but none came. Our post and beam construction held strong.

I am very happy to get this moisture after a very dry winter here in Colorado, but when it comes all at once it can be challenging. But now the road is plowed, the fire is stoked, and dinner is cooking away. All is cozy, safe and warm on a spring day on Stellers Ridge.

16 April 2009

Friday Favorites - ACEOs

ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". These cards have only one rule, they are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches, the size of a trading card.

The reason for this is so that they can be traded! Artists have been happily trading cards, but the general public was left out in the cold. After artists realized this they made their cards available for sale at remarkably low prices so that everyone could join in the fun!

Art Cards can be a riot! Artists from all over the world are creating, and now selling these little gems in different mediums and of different subjects. To get you started I have selected four of my favorites. Just click on the names to find out more information and how to purchase. You can't stop at just one!

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11 April 2009

Sunday Morning Gallery - Forgotten Roads

There is nothing like the open road. During the early 1970s my husband and I took to the open road many times traveling the length and breadth of the country. One summer, when our daughter was small enough to fit in a plastic dish tub for her daily bath, we lived in a van letting the road call to us which way we would go from day to day. We look back on those days with fond memories and are so glad we took to the road when we were young and unfettered. Now it seems that it is so complicated to arrange.

My love for roads will pop up many times in this blog. I have literally hundreds of road shots. Some are old and yellowed and will need to be scanned. Some are not so long ago. These next three are fairly recent. I like each of them for their lonely remoteness. Some of the best roads are yet to be discovered. Come with me and discover for yourself the beauty of a forgotten road.

The top of Redstone Mesa near Masonville, Colorado.

Red Canyon Ranch Road on the way home.

A loney forgotten track southeast of Zion National Park in northern Arizona.

08 April 2009

Friday Favorites - Trees

In the Presence of Trees

I named you once.
Oldest soul I have ever known,
standing sentry over the sunflower
field behind the school, your rings were
innumerable. Tree I named you, but that
name is long forgotten, a secret only the slow
stumble of childhood retains. Adults cannot know
the names of the trees. Not the true names
bestowed by fey children with grass
in their hair.
If they knew
they would
never be able to replace them with subdivisions.

(c) 2008 T. Soulen

Kenna Foster

Clancy's Classics

The Eye

Gary Heller Photography

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Allie Art: Photography Benefitting Children

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07 April 2009

2009 Paws for Charity Art Book

The 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book is now on sale! I have my order in and can not wait to receive my copy. The cover of the book below provides a link for a free look at the first fifteen pages of the book. So be sure and click on the link, or go to to preview and/or order.

Remember, all funds raised from the sale of this book are directly donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade by, our book publisher.

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This photograph that I took of Champ a couple years ago is included in this wonderful collection of photographs and original art. To have a closer look at this print click on the photo below. To purchase go to Julie Magers Soulen Photography.

05 April 2009

Sunday Morning Gallery - A Photographic Study of Canadian Geese

My fascination with birds continues. I took these photos on a warm balmy February day. Thinking back, our winter was much warmer than our spring! But I digress. My friend and I found ourselves heading to a local park after our lunch. We just could not stay inside on such a beautiful day. I had my camera with me and as we talked quietly at the water's edge a pair of geese took a liking to our voices. They swam closer and closer and then just floated peacefully sleeping not more than a few feet away. It was endearing to see such trust in a wild creature. They did come ashore finally and the male, at least the larger one, laid at my feet like the family dog. Now tell me, who could not find that touching and sweet!

03 April 2009

Friday Favorites - Using Shape and Form in Photography

I love the dynamic movement of these following three photographs. The old Packard seems to be flying down a Chicago street on a get away. My eye is naturally drawn to the back of the car perpetuating the forward motion. "Noctournal Stucco" beckons me to go around that corner as my eye follows the curving archway. And "Galaxies" bursts like the Fourth of July, coming right off the page at you!

They are all very different but all are excellently composed using form and shape to accentuate motion. The black and white nature of each encourages the eye to follow the form giving them an even greater impact. These photographers have mastered shape and form!

The last photograph of the turbulent water is my own contribution.  The solid rock and swirling water lend the illusion of movement to a static art form.  I hope you like it!

Classic Packard Automobile 5 x 7 Photograph

classic silver packard automobile

Noctournal Stucco - 8x12 Photographic Print

night time architectural columns

Galaxies- Fine Art Print-8x8

botanical plant

And here is an example of my own work using shape and form. Hope you like it!

Rushing Water
Colorado river rapids photo, of swirling rapids of water around a rock in a turbulent wild mountain river. Perfect for adding the dynamic power of a wild mountain river to your home, office, or bathroom decor. St. Vrain River, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

01 April 2009

We Have a Winner!

First I want to thank all of you for participating! I hope it has been as much fun for you as it has been for me!

Our winner is Allie of allieart4children. She guessed Vietnam Veterans National Memorial located near Angel Fire, New Mexico which is correct. My husband and I stopped there on a road trip to Taos a couple years ago. It is so beautiful and honors the men who died in Vietnam. As a woman who grew up in that era I was deeply touched.

Allie has chosen my bluebird for her winning prize. Congratulations Allie!

What the Heck is That? Contest

Yesterday I showed you some of the outside. Today I'll let you see some inside.

Did I mention that the person that comes closest to guessing what this is will win their choice of any 5x7 or 5x5 photo, a $15.00 value, from my Etsy Shop! To enter please leave your photo choice and a way to contact you.

Yes it is a memorial, in fact, a national memorial. Now can you tell me the name and where it is?