Desert Penstemon

This is a delicate Desert Penstemon flower I found while out on the trail in the Indian Peak Wilderness in Colorado. Outside of Colorado not to many people have heard of the Indian Peak Wilderness which borders Rocky Mountain National Park to the South. It is full of amazing and remote trails just like its…

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…

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…

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…

The Dinosaur Bone Wall

The Dinosaur Bone Wall There is a place where a person can step back in time to see the bones of long extinct creatures. This magical place is aptly named Dinosaur National Monument. Many fossils of dinosaurs were excavated here and have made their way to many of our nation’s best museums. The most amazing part…

Taking a Break

No photo today 🙁 I am going to be taking the month of November off from the blog. November is a busy month for me at work and I am having trouble keeping up with the blog so I have decided to take a break. I hope you all understand. I will be turning on…

Spookyween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Also known as Spookyween in our home… as of yesterday… it’s the next big thing! This jack-o-latern was carved by Jennifer. We really like to carve pumpkins and you can check out and vote on the best from this year on our Facebook pages. I hope you all get lots of treats…

Above the Aspens

The 11,348′ Marcellina Mountain rises abruptly out of the sea of quaking Aspen trees in Colorado’s Elk Mountain Range. Marcellina is one of many mountains that rise above the Aspens in Colorado’s largest Aspen forest. You can find Marcellina along CO 12, a dirt road that runs through the heart of the Aspen forest west…

Bridging Oceans

You are looking at a crossroads between land and sea, ocean and ocean, and really the world. The bridge in the background is the Centennial Bridge that allows Panama City, Panama’s traffic to cross over the historic Panama Canal. From this road you can eventually explore all of North America (given the proper visas anyways)….

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…

Carved Deep

The Grand Canyon—as seen from the eastern part of the park. Growing up I had an image in my head of Grand Canyon National Park being this massive, rugged, deep canyon. All of this is true, but when I finally got to visit I was amazed at how the canyon appears with little warning. A…

Yucca Stalk

From afar a Yucca plant doesn’t look all that interesting or inviting, but up close this plant holds many intricate secrets. The closer you get, the more you’ll discover about the beauty of this plant. Start with the long pointy leaves and notice the various shades of green and yellow and then how the shadows play…