Weekly Photo Challenge – Door

Taos Pueblo Door

Taos Pueblo Door

Here’s a shot of a door in the Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico. The Pueblo people have continuously inhabited this beautiful site for over a thousand years. Many families live in more modern housing on the reservation for most of the year, but they have apartments in the old part of the pueblo that they use for festival days and there are some families who live there full-time. There is no electricity or running water, so they get their water from the river that flows through the village.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Muse

Fiery Furnace Fins

Fiery Furnace Fins

So what is a photographer’s muse? It’s that subject that keeps us coming back – looking for a new angle or different light. It’s the object of our affection seen through the camera lens that repeatedly fascinates. I have thought about this for some time. I would say that I have several muses, but my favorite is the red rocks of southeastern Utah – the Moab area. The wonderful orange-red set against stunning blue skies always intrigues me.

Here is a shot taken while on a guided tour through the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Roy G. Biv

The View From My Back Deck

The View From My Back Deck

Wait…What? Roy G. Biv apparently is an acronym for the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Here’s a shot of one such rainbow taken after a storm. It’s the view from my deck!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Vivid

Vivid Lionfish

Vivid Lionfish

I’m late for the challenge this week. I was in Asheville, NC for the wedding of my husband’s nephew – a wonderful celebration in a beautiful place! However, do you really think I could avoid submitting an underwater shot for this challenge? I give you this vivid and flamboyant lionfish shot on the spectacular Lighthouse Reef aboard the Sundancer II. (So enough adjectives for you?)

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Weekly Photo Challenge – On the Way

Shafer Trail, Moab

Shafer Trail, Moab

Whether it’s hiking in our spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains, taking a road trip or Jeeping a 4 x 4 road, most of the joy for me is the journey. Here is a shot of Canyonlands National Park and the upper part of Shafer Trail which goes from the top of the Islands in the Sky District to the Colorado River. For anyone with acrophobia (or maybe not even!), this upper part of the trail can be quite harrowing. Further down the trail, one encounters rockier terrain which required me to get out of the Subaru and spot Peter as he drove so we didn’t inadvertently leave our crank case in the canyon! But we made it unscathed – as did the car.

I’m very excited as I just recently purchased a new 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk which will get us safely over Shafer Trail and beyond!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Broken

Broken

Broken

It’s not really a topic I think about to photograph, but I looked through my files and found this shot. It’s one I took last fall at Vedauwoo Campground in southern Wyoming. We have had an epidemic of pine beetles in the West – one of the reasons that the High Park Fire near my town of Fort Collins, Colorado was so severe in 2012. The skeletons of these Ponderosa Pines are all that’s left after the beetles had their way with them. They’re beautiful in their death – a broken link in our ecology? I really don’t know – maybe it’s just a natural part of the cycle of life.

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