Stay Close to Nature

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."  ~Frank Lloyd Wright   Frank Lloyd Wright was a famous American architect, known for changing the way we live and build. The American Institute of Architects refers to Wright as the “greatest American architect of all time.” So what was it about Wright's style that made him so famous? Wright was around

Sunset Snowfall

This is a photo of the first snowfall at Maroon Bells at sunset. This is a very peaceful location. I hope this photo brings you peace too! While huddled in my tent during a fierce Colorado snowstorm, I was hoping that there would be a break by the next morning. All of a sudden the storm broke and the sky began to clear. I rushed

Embracing the Fall

This photo was taken near the Colorado mountain village of Marble located in the San Juan mountains. Just outside of the town I found this aspen grove with Summer green surrounding Autumn foliage in the center. I was struck by the way Summer so seamlessly blends into Fall. We fight change but nature embraces it and does so in such a graceful manner. Change is

Columbines in the Fog

This foggy field of columbines and other colorful wildflowers is a shot from a place I consider to be heaven on earth - Yankee Boy Basin in the San Juans, just outside of Ouray CO. Check out the Trip Advisor reviews of this area if you'd like to plan a visit. As a side note, if you plan to travel to the top of the

Governor’s Basin Wildflowers

Just outside of Ouray, Colorado is Governor's Basin, where summer wildflowers take over the landscape every year! To learn more about this image, check out my online gallery. Visit the All Trails page for a great resource to plan a visit here.

Owl Creek Pass

I absolutely love heading to the Colorado mountains in the fall! This picture of colorful foliage along Owl Creek Pass, near Ouray and Ridgeway is one of the reasons why. John Wayne was a fan of this area as well.  Parts of his films, True Grit and How the West was Won, were filmed here. For more information about this great location, including maps and

Antelope Canyon: breathtaking beauty, uplifting spiritual experience, and devastating history

I plan my shoots around the seasons, weather and time of day.  This way I can be in a location at the prime time - shooting fall colors at the peak of the season or photographing the mountains at sunset. But there are other factors that are beyond my control that can work for or against me - clouds, wind, storms. Tumbleweed, my favorite photo from

The Angel of Shavano

The Angel of Shavano I was not familiar with the legend of the Angel of Shavano until I came across this photo of John's.  I started researching the story and found it quite interesting.  The legend varies depending on the source.   Background Mount Shavano is a 14er in the southern Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies.  The Upper Arkansas River valley lies at the foot of

4 Inexpensive Ways to Transform Your Home Into a Private Retreat

Previously I discussed ways to connect with nature outdoors.  It’s wonderful to get outside and spend time with nature. Nature allows me to escape the stresses of every day life.  I feel more at peace when I am outside.  So I wanted to find a way to bring the tranquility of the outdoors into my home.  By using nature to inspire my home decor, I

9 Simple Ways to Help Your Kids Connect with Nature

We are part of nature – it is essential that we be connected to the natural world.  My previous blog post discussed the numerous physical and mental health benefits that nature provides – for us and for our children.  There is another reason why it is crucial that we connect our kids to nature. “The future of our parks rests in the hands of our

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