Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pueblo Reservoir 10-8

   On the 8th we went down to the Pueblo Reservoir. We did some fishing and I, of course, captured a few images with the Fuji. 
   This is a breakwater made out of old tires. The curves, the bit of island, and water was rather interesting to me.

I decided to try to get one of the various birds and this lovely female Mallard obliged me nicely.

   The ripples was very interesting and caught my eye. This part of the lake is a no wake part. Basically, if you have a boat, you have to go very slow so you aren't causing waves. Any that do occur therefore are most likely from the breezes actions on the water.

This was later in the day as the sun got lower and all of these wonderful reflections began showing up. The bit of breeze slowed too.

This shot just appeared idyllic to me. I had to capture it.

Soon, we will be heading down to Pueblo again. I'm wanting to photograph the river walk downtown. I think we'll visit the Pueblo Zoo also.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


This has been a big change in my life, and it's the reason why I don't have any photography to post on the blog. Recently I listed my house and it sold rather quickly. One of the main reasons for that is the house is furnished. The washer, dryer, kitchen table, bed, etc. all went with the house. I figured the ad would generate more interest, and it did.
   Today I should be getting the payment for the house and sign over the title. Then I get to pay down a bunch of debt, some of it accrued while preparing the house for sale. It's like I've reached the end of an era.
   Next week, I believe we're headed down to the Pueblo reservoir. On the way I'm going to try to go to the riverwalk in downtown Pueblo where I'm planning on shooting a few frames. I've been wanting to go there a long time and it should make for some good shots. 
   This last summer has been amazing for me. I've rediscovered love. Susan has been wonderful and I'm glad I've met her. I also got my driving privileges back, and a car which happens to be a minivan. During all of that I managed to pick up a camera again. So, while part of my life has come to an end I've also started on new beginnings. I guess that's one of the points of life. Every time you reach an ending you also reach a new beginning.
   There are times I do miss writing a bit. Other times I don't. It's now almost eleven months since I spent most of my time away from work stuck in the room I'd set up as an office. I can tell you I won't make that particular mistake again. For too long I let life pass me by.

Friday, September 25, 2015

9-24 Cripple Creek

On the 24th we went up to Cripple Creek to look at the fall colors. In the high country the aspens are in full change. We did a little gambling too BTW. I actually made enough off the casino to pay for our lunch.

I thought the way the sap hung looked cool on these spruce cones. 

This was just outside of a Cripple Creek museum. 

This decrepit house was across the street from the casino. It looks so forlorn there.

We drove around Cripple Creek a little more and I found a couple of other decrepit pieces of history. 

Hopefully we'll be able to get out a bit on next Thursday, or Friday. I sold my house and therefore have to move everything. That might take precedence therefore.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Eleven Mile 9/17

Susan likes to fish so I took her to Eleven Mile Reservoir again. It was bright and sunny and breezy. For once I even got a little bit of a sunburn on my legs since I was wearing shorts as I went wandering to capture some images. It's now very dry there which is more normal for the area. Parts of the surroundings was rather desolate in appearance which you'll see a little of in some of these images. You'll also see the effects of wind and rain erosion. The hillside gets sculpted out and becomes new beach. 

A little later we moved to another part of the lake where I went wandering again. This is one of the first images I captured.
There's a trail called "Ponderosa" that I discovered. It's not very long, about 3/4 mile, but there's a lot of scenery available. Since the area elevation is about 8700 feet the aspens had started to change color.

After hiking I came back down to the shoreline where Susan was at. Finally I'd started doing a little fishing of my own, Since I wasn't catching anything I began looking for something else to photograph. Well, this little guy came along. He was so cute.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Manitou Lake Shoot 9/10

There's the Manitou Lake Recreation we went to on the 10th. As usual I helped Susan get set up for fishing and I went off on a jaunt with my SLR. These rocks caught my eye and I had to try to capture them.

This is the dam works. Thought it was interesting.

Then I got closer. This image would be great in black and white.

I managed a little ways down from the dam so I could get the spillway.

I laughed when I was walking along the shoreline and noticed the bobbers caught in the tree.

These are those rocks from earlier though at a different angle.

I liked the symmetry and the fact that the pathway is leading you somewhere.

These ducks were sitting there resting and they just about disappear into their surroundings.

A dragonfly had flown to low and had gotten caught in the water. It made for an interesting composition with the little waves.

This is the dragonfly that had been caught. Susan rescued it and I guess it wore itself out trying to get free from the water.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Eleven Mile 9/3

We went to Eleven Mile Reservoir today. Eleven Mile is a Colorado State recreation area to the west of Colorado Springs. Susan fished and I of course wandered around and captured some images. Over 100 in fact. These were some of what I feel were the best.

It's been a wonderful experience to take some time out and go exploring. I hope you take some time yourself too. Life is far too short to not enjoy it.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Arches National Park visit 8/26

As a part of our vacation time we stopped at Arches NP for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, because of having to turn the truck in later today we didn't have even more time available. There's so much more we both wanted to see and it's a wonderful place to visit. Where I can do so I am notating certain images. I'll note the weather was overcast so some of the images just aren't the best and I haven't optimized them in Gimp.

This is near the entrance.

I believe this is Park Avenue.

The landforms are quite interesting in this part of the park. You can really see some of the layers.

Here are the Three Gossips in the upper left.

The Three Gossips closer, and a different angle.

Petrified sand dunes are in these next three images.

This is Balanced Rock.

To the left you can see Double Arch.

I think this is Turret Arch but I'm not positive.

This is an arch that is forming. It kind of looks like a giant eye.

This is a much better view of Double Arch. If you make the image larger you can see the people underneath. The thing is huge.

Another view of Double Arch.

This arch is one of the more recently and hasn't completely formed. As far as I'm aware it's unnamed.

I believe this is Sandstone Arch.

This is more of the petrified sand dunes found in many places in the park.

I loved the juxtaposition of the forms here.

Unnamed arch.

This is Delicate Arch.

This might be Skyline Arch.

This boulder made think of a petrified Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle which gave me a laugh.

We stopped at the gift shop and they've added these bronze sculptures out front.

At some point we have plans to return. Probably next year. If we do we'll probably spend two days on this park alone, and two more at Canyonlands NP.