Burned Out

Five years ago today the Waldo Canyon Fire burned through the front range of the Rocky Mountains along the west side of Colorado Springs, Colorado. My wife and I moved to the area about a year earlier from a region of the country that had ample rain. As such, neither of us had ever experienced…

Arches Juniper

I don’t know what it is about Juniper trees, but I think they are the coolest looking trees out there. They aren’t even close to being the biggest, but they are rugged and look the part. Junipers can seemingly survive in any environment. I have seen them gnarled and twisted, clinging onto wind-swept cliff faces and I’ve…

Mountainous Beech

My wife and I had been tramping along on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand for nearly the entire day. The majority of this trail is covered in Beech tree forest. It was a crystal clear day, perfect for a backpacking trip in the Southern Alps. Late in the afternoon a few clouds started rolling in…

Sunrise on Snowy Terrain

Here in Colorado the snowy days seem to be behind us. The sun is melting the last of the snow-covered terrain. The spring flowers have begun to bloom and the trees have started to leaf. I love winter and winter sports so for me this is bitter-sweet. Luckily, all of Colorado’s seasons are amazing and I…

Grown from Stone

I really enjoy finding life thriving in unexpected places. This tree was growing out of the side of the massive granite monolith known as Stone Mountain in Georgia. A pine seed somehow found its way in to a crack in the stone and took root. Where do the roots go is my question. How does this tree…

Reaching Out

The endurance of life is amazing! The seed for this tree somehow sprang to life on top of this rather large red boulder on the formations known as the Red Rocks in Woodland Park, Colorado. The roots of this tree snaked their way into the crevices and down to the soil. It is amazing that the…

Fall Road

Have I mentioned that autumn is my favorite time of year?!?! Well, it is and there’s no better place on the planet to see the colors change than amongst Colorado’s Quaking Aspen trees. This image is from a few years back along a no name road near Buena Vista, Colorado. There are few things as tranquil…