A Texas Sized Sunset

The American West is full of big sky. As a young boy that was the image I was given of places like Utah, Montana, New Mexico and especially Texas. That somehow the sky is bigger out there in that magical country where the cowboys and buffalo roam. At times it seems like that highly improbable statement…

Eaglesmere – Surprise Lake Loop Trail Guide

If you are looking for a long strenuous day of hiking in the woods for about 11.5 miles with 1,800′ of elevation gain then the Eaglesmere – Surprise Lake Loop Trail is for you. If on the other hand you like to take things at a slower pace, I would recommend this as a more…

New Direction

Sorry for being absent last week with no warning or explanation. I caught the flu while on a business trip and it put me down for the week. I hope you all are able to avoid that experience this year. It has been several years since I’ve had the influenza virus and I can tell…

Bridge of Bertha

This is a view of the waters of Lower Bertha Falls as they pass under the Bridge of Bertha in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. I took this image from a rock that would have been underwater if the falls had been running at full force, making for a different angle of this…

Venetian Gondola

The Venetian Gondola is iconic. You see one of these small romantic boats and you immediately know you are in Venice or perhaps Vegas. For those who have been to the latter but not the former, you are missing out. I like Vegas, but the Venetian hotel ain’t got nothing on the general article. The…

Corn Lily Bloom

I personally think Corn Lily leaves are really beautiful, but they are just large green leaves so they don’t add a lot of color to the world. The Corn Lily bloom of white flowers that grow on large central stocks are rather bland as well. I’ve spent many days on the trail walking past these…

Doubly Beautiful

How can the beauty of Glen Eyrie Castle be improved upon? It is nestled amongst the red rock spires and stands at the mouth of the stunning Queens Canyon in Colorado Springs. This is a unique place that has beauty during all seasons. Whether the grounds be a lush green from the canyon run off…

A Small Green Lizard

I believe this small green lizard is a Carolina Anole. As you can tell, in comparison to the blooms on the Rhododendron bush, he is tiny. Jennifer and I came across him a few years back while visiting the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. If you haven’t ever been, the grounds of the gardens are stunning. There…

New Zealand’s Bridal Veil Falls

  Bridal Veil Falls may be the most overused name for a waterfall, or at least famous ones. The highest falls in Colorado is the Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride. One of Yosemite National Park’s most famous falls is Bridal Veil Falls, only surpassed by Yosemite Falls itself. And about a 3 hour drive south…

Taupo Water Lily

I found this stunning water lily in a pond near the shore of Lake Taupo in the town of Taupo, New Zealand. I love the way that the white petals of the water lily pop against the dark green lily pad leaves and cold black water. These large flowers provide a smorgasbord of nectar for…

Dawn of a New Day

Hello 2018! This is the dawn of a new day and a new year. I took this image of a water tower at dawn in Texas from a Walmart. Yes even the mundane of boon-docking in a Walmart parking lot can result in a memorable moment. I look forward to a great 2018 full of…

Sun Setting Arch

Since we don’t do weekend posts, this will be my last post of 2017—the sun setting post as it were. I took this image as the sun set behind us at the Delicate Arch formation in Arches National Park. This is one of my favorite vistas on the planet. The way the red rock catches…