Upper Ice Lake Basin

One of my favorite Colorado hikes of all time is still our trek to Ice Lake Basin. I highly recommend our Ice Lake Basin trail guide for planning your next visit here. The views were just absolutely stunning along the entire trail, along with the fun animals and flowers we saw along on the way. Upper Ice…

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…

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…

Blustery Winter

For many in the United States today is a blustery winter day, so I thought this was an appropriate photo. Here in Colorado it has been a fairly mild winter so far. The ski resorts have snow, but the base isn’t what it normally is. I for one hope the cold weather sticks around and that…

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…

Four Pass Fireweed

Who knew that a weed could have such pretty blooms. The fireweed has some of my favorite wildflowers and they grow all over Colorado. I found this one while completing the Four Pass Loop near Aspen, Colorado. A Four Pass Fireweed.

Routeburn Poof

No idea what this is, but it grows high in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. I found it on the Routeburn Track… of course that makes it a Routeburn Poof.

Frosty Notchtop Mountain

Snowshoeing is one of my favorite winter activities. I love the solitude and clean look of a landscape covered in white. It is amazing how noisy crowded summer trails turn into a calm, frozen, and secluded oasis in the winter. In this image is a frosty Notchtop Mountain, a very well-known mountain located in Rocky…

Balanced Primrose

There are many rock formations found in the American west with the title of Balancing Rock, but this one found in Arches National Park may be the most famous. Never the less, rock formations aren’t the only thing in this desert environment worth taking notice of. These inconspicuous white Primroses really light up against the…

Snow Cones

Snow Cones… see what I did there? I usually do a flower picture on Sundays, but considering the snowy winter that most of the U.S. has had I figured this was more appropriate. After all, the pine cone is the flower of winter right? Well not really, it is actually considered an organ which is…

Aspens in October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables I can’t describe my love for Colorado’s colorful Octobers any better than author L.M. Montgomery. This particular image of the beautiful Aspen trees was taken near Aspen, CO. The Aspen colony is considered to be the largest living organism on the…

A New Zealand Sunrise

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It seems as though every square inch is covered in ever-changing beauty. The gorgeous fjords and the southern alps of the South Island are only rivaled by the rolling green hills and ruggedly breathtaking volcanoes found on the North Island. No other…