Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Derelict mining equipment

On Thursday we were a little too early to check into the hotel. We drove through to Victor as a result. I wanted to get some preliminary images of mining equipment, or maybe the mines. The first two images are parts of what had been the Stratton Independence mine and I did upload those images to Viewbug.
You can see a line in the upper right corner. Apparently, when I was cleaning the camera body I had one of the brush fibers get caught in the focal plane shutter. Yesterday, I finally managed to get it out with a needle nose pliers.

At one place just outside of Victor, CO there's an accumulation of old mining equipment that's spread out over the mountainside. Kind of open air museum. I got to wander among all of the equipment while trying to see them in an artistic manner.
The old rock crushers, and mining cars was fascinating. Some of the equipment almost looked like what you would expect to see on a steam train.
I'm thinking the next image I'll be uploading to Viewbug. I like it.

This one is also a possibility for Viewbug.

I kind of like this one too.

Tomorrow I should be adding some more to the blog. Until then, have a great day.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Look through the past

One of the concepts I've started to develop is one of looking through a doorway, or a window of a derelict building, and capture an image. It's kind of like looking through the past. The first use of the concept I used on our last trip to Cripple Creek. This house, and it's all the same house is up on the mountainside above Cripple Creek.
No, I didn't go inside. That would be a good way to find out if the house had a basement, or not.
I posted a couple of these on Facebook. One of the responses was that they're a bit eerie. And, I guess they are though they really didn't strike me that way.
This is from the front door.

I really like this one. Probably my favorite of these.

Through both windows you can see the door to another derelict.

Nice view of the nearby forest.

I'll probably start posting some of the images from the mines tomorrow. Soon will be coming some of the mine equipment too. I really managed to capture a lot of great images while on this trip. It's really hard to pick the best ones.
Have a great day.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Stratton Mine Victor

This derelict mine is just outside of Victor. Back in the day a lot of gold came out of the mine which made Stratton a rich man. Now, all there is left is remnants of the past. Part of a chute in one place, a framework in another, and an empty derelict building that extends over the shaft which has usually been filled in.
This is likely to be one of the images I'll upload to Viewbug tomorrow. Apparently the chute in the fourth, and fifth images, extended across the present road.

Here's the main mine building. Below that tower is where the shaft would have been.

This is the first composition of this chute that extended down the mountainside.

After looking at the resulting image on the camera I decided to go for a slightly different composition which I like better. This one I'll probably be uploading to Viewbug.

So I can remember later what it is I photographed I'll normally capture an image of the associated historical marker or sign.

That's it for now. Have a great and try to enjoy your life.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Big Horned Sheep

While heading to Cripple Creek we came across this group of Big Horned Sheep just off the road. I, of course, stopped the car and got out the camera. Here are the images.

 Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Foot bridge

Every morning on my way to work I pass under a foot bridge that extends over I-25. I've been wanting to photograph it but never took the time to do so until three days ago. Here are the images I captured.

On the ramp leading up to the bridge itself there are these neat frames. I thought it would look really cool with the fall colors showing through.

Near the bridge is a park where I also decided to capture a few frames. This bench over looking the lake looks to inviting. I could see myself spending some time sitting on the bench watching the lake.

Adjoining the park is a heirloom garden. This guy is guarding it. I thought he deserved an image.

On Thursday we're headed up to Cripple Creek once more. We'll be spending the night in this nice hotel up there that over looks the entire town. If you do get into Cripple Creek you might want to stay at the Gold King Mountain Inn. So far, this year, out of the hotels, and motels, we've stayed at it's one of the few I can heartily recommend.
While we're in the vicinity we're probably going to go over to Victor, CO which is only a few miles from Cripple Creek. The last time I was there was when I was a teenager and my grandparents went through the town. It'll be interesting to see it once more after close to 40 years. Even better I'll have a camera this time. I should be able to make up for the one short memory from back then.
Probably the best memory I have from Cripple Creek from back then was panning for gold one time. As I recall I don't think I managed to find any gold in the pan but do remember doing it. It's funny the things you remember.
I'm done with my reminiscing for now. Have a great day and I'll be posting again soon.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Gardens botanical garden #2

The botanical garden in Fort Collins, CO was such a beautiful place to see. Such an amazing profusion of flowers in one place. 
I'd like to visit it again next year some time. Maybe we'll stop there on our way Yellowstone National Park which I've never been to. Got close when I was a truck driver but never got to stop there. I'd also like to visit Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho once again too.
Now, onto the flowers...

Thank you so much for sharing these moments in time with me. It's been a great journey so far and there's so much more to discover.
Have a great day and try to enjoy your life a bit.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Gardens botanical garden

On our return from our vacation we needed to take a break and stretch our legs a bit. Luckily, in a Google search, I found out about "The Gardens on Spring Creek" botanical garden in Ft. Collins, CO. Having been there I can tell you it's quite a beautiful place. If you get a chance you should go visit.
Here's part of the shoot of the day and I do hope you enjoy the images. Tomorrow I'll post the rest.

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my images with you. I do appreciate it.
Until next time get out there and try to enjoy your life too.