Posted at 10:27 pm , on July 15, 2018
Crested Butte may be a popular small skiing town in the mountains, but it is also the heart and soul of Colorado’s wildflowers. So much so, for the past 32 years they have celebrated during a week long festival to honor the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado”, as recognized by the Colorado State legislature. Summer in Crested Butte arrives slowly, as the flowers ease into the season. It comes as no surprise they exhibit their best in July, safest from the frost and snow storms.
Packing up the family, we drove the 4.5 hours from our home to witness the remarkable delights of Mother Nature. Her show did not disappoint. We also thoroughly enjoyed walking the streets of Crested Butte, taking in local cuisine and the cool mountain air.
Posted at 4:54 am , on November 19, 2017
This small series of photographs represent a recent trip to Taos, NM.
Posted at 4:44 am , on November 19, 2017
I set out for Taos, New Mexico before the sun kissed our sky. Kids still tucked in, he sent me on my way with a thermos of hot coffee and a warm kiss. I love that he is okay with me facing adventure on my own terms, silence in deep thought as I float along the highway. Between rising rock ledges and sweeping vistas, I could not help but feel small and humble, reflecting on God’s goodness. New Mexico exemplifies color, art, spirituality and architecture that makes for a compelling composition with it’s interesting shapes and textures. Here are a few favorites from my short jaunt.
Posted at 8:44 pm , on August 11, 2017
To try and describe how majestic Alaska is would be futile. All I can say is it was breathtaking, and I can’t help but walk away from this trip with a sense of urgency to return. We saw glaciers, whales, salmon spawning, seals, dolphins, bald eagles, bear, totem poles, and hiked a temperate rainforest. We ate reindeer hotdogs, pickled kelp, salmon jelly, roasted s’mores on a remote island beach, and drank duck farts. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed the moment.
Posted at 9:22 pm , on June 21, 2017
Paris is beautiful no matter how you view it. Through a monochrome lens, its true elegance and character impresses upon a fresh perspective. Simple, yet complex and always so lovely.
Posted at 12:51 am , on June 18, 2017
Delightfully tucked away on a discreet street in the heart of Paris, we were greeted by a warm smile from the ever pleasant Laurent, proprietor of les3chambres. Lovingly decorated with family heirlooms, antiques, and carefully selected furnishings, this luxury apartment is located on the third floor in a building dating back to 1830, and rich in history. We enjoyed the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at les3chambres-paris.com.
Posted at 6:42 pm , on June 17, 2017
Montmartre is one of the most historic and interesting districts in beautiful Paris. Once the stomping grounds of Salvadar Dali, Monet, Picasso, and van Gogh, the neighborhood in the 18th arrondissement is still a haven for the creatively inclined. At the summit, the beautiful Sacre-Coeur Basillica rises high above the Paris rooftops. Meander along narrow, cobblestone streets, many lined with shops, restaurants, and even a small vineyard. As a side note, there’s so much more to this area than what I captured with my lens. Shortly upon arriving at Place du Tertre, where you will find most of the artists today hang out, the battery in my camera died. Needless to say, I don’t want to talk about it (insert pouty face here).
Posted at 3:52 pm , on June 14, 2017
The Musee de l’Orangerie is home to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series. The panoramic paintings stretch out along the walls of two oval rooms. The sheer beauty is astonishing and cannot be fully appreciated by photographs or prints. Monet painted a total of eight panels and envisioned the works as a meditation on peace. Stretching around the curved walls of the Musee de l’Orangerie, they give an illusion of being transformed to the peaceful setting of Monet’s famed water gardens at Giverny.
Posted at 4:46 pm , on June 13, 2017
Located on the left bank, Saint-Germain is a quintessential Parisian neighborhood brimming with boutiques, outdoor cafes, antique shops and endless narrow, cobbled streets and passages. This area was popular to many literary greats, including Fitzgerald, Stein, and Hemingway, to name a few. A place for meeting still popular among writers and readers, and perhaps the most popular independent bookstore in the world, Shakespeare and Company is something of a literary utopia. Beyond providing reading materials and inspiration, the bookstore allows writers to stay overnight for free. Those interested in being a “Tumbleweed”, need only email the bookshop. In exchange for a free cot to lay your head, and if privacy is not an issue, all interested are asked only to “read a book a day”, help out in the shop for a couple of hours, and write a single-page autobiography. Oh, and feed the cat, Margo (I added the last part).
Posted at 3:15 pm , on June 13, 2017
It’s long history, the language, the food, the Parisians….everything about Paris oozes finesse. Other than exploring the popular attractions on our trip, we ventured to a part of the city that is more local than touristy. In Jardin du Luxembourg, there is a renaissance in beekeeping in the city, with many aficionados and hobbyists producing jars of divine sticky gold. Some of the luckiest bees in the city make their residence here. Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public space in Paris, and has been home to a beekeeping school in the lovely garden, with its own small orchard since 1856. Bees are housed in a collection of beautiful antique wood boxes with copper roofs. For water consumption, they have their own personal fountain. Each year in September, the honey is sold at the annual autumn honey festival.