Old Bedlam

This building, “Old Bedlam,” is the oldest structure still standing in the state of Wyoming. Built in 1849, Old Bedlam was a cornerstone of activity at the military outpost of Fort Laramie which lies along the Oregon Trail. The outpost is now a national historic site and, for those of you who like your history,…

Basin Columbine

I have a lot of favorite flowers, but Columbines are at the top of the list. This photo was taken at Ice Lake Basin in Colorado—a basin Columbine. This trail is still one of my favorite hikes of all time. I recommend Jake’s Ice Lake Basin trail guide so that you can plan your visit…

Anthracite Creek

This is a beautiful photo of Anthracite Creek in Somerset, Colorado from the Erickson Springs Campground. It really is a rare sight to see fall colors and snowy mountains at the same time, yet this has happened two years in a row now for 2016 and 2017. Stop by the campground for a quick photo, a…

Yellow Snow – Fall Colors in Crested Butte

A different kind of yellow snow… This is a photo of two seasons colliding. Last year, Jake and I took an unbelievable trip to see the fall colors in Crested Butte and surrounding area. We camped right next to Lost Lake Slough near Crested Butte and bundled up (literally with everything we brought) to sleep the night…

Rocky Terrain

“Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind.” – Lynda Lehmann Texture in nature is somehow one of the easiest things to overlook. While hiking, most people are constantly looking ahead, anticipating the next vast landscape that makes them feel…

Glossy Ibis

This colorful bird is called a Glossy Ibis and was found at the Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area in Saguache, Colorado. The wildlife area is on Hwy 285 and about an hour and fifteen minute drive from The Great Sand Dunes National Park. Whenever Jake and I visit the dunes, this wildlife area is a…

Hidden Bay

Seeing this photo makes me stop and think, “Wow!” If you were to look up a photo of “paradise,” wouldn’t this type of image come to mind? A hidden bay, surrounded by lush greenery, with blue ocean spreading out to the horizon, capped off with subtle mountains…a paradise. Jake and I were on Day 4…

Timberline Falls Cascade

The 8.1 mile round trip hike to Timberline Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park is a strenuous one, but as you can see, well worth the effort. This is a view looking away from the 100′ high waterfalls and across the landscape as the Icy Brook Creek cascades  200′  towards The Lock (the lake in…

Arches Evening Primrose

It’s moments like these where you realize how many things we pass by so quickly in life. This Evening Primrose flower, albeit very pretty, probably wouldn’t have stood out in a field of flowers. But, place it in the desert, surrounded by gigantic rock structures, and the perspective changes. This delicate Evening Primrose gives a…