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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Weekly Photo Challenge – Enveloped

Enveloped

Enveloped

One of Cielo’s favorite weekly rituals (and cats seem to have several) is to cuddle in the blanket while we’re changing the sheets on the bed. Here he is enveloped on soft folds of polar fleece!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature

No great surprise that I’d post an underwater shot for this one. There’s always something to photograph on a reef dive. One of my favorite sources of subject matter are the various invertebrates found on coral reefs. While I don’t know this lovely creature’s name, I found its soft and numerous tentacles interesting. It sits on the reef ready to capture plankton and microorganisms for sustenance. To learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Motion

Blue Tang in Motion

Blue Tang in Motion

Here’s a shot taken while scuba diving in the Denver Aquarium. This was one of the most unusual dives I have ever done! As part of the requirements for the Underwater Photography Certification with SSI, we had to do a dive and take photographs with our instructor – and the closest place in Colorado was the aquarium.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the director of scuba volunteers who introduced us to our dive master Dave. He oriented us to the procedures for diving in the large tank by the restaurant in the facility and then helped us get geared up for the dives. Because the aquarium tanks are a closed system, we weren’t allowed to use our own gear – a precaution against contamination which is a danger to the fish. I usually wear a 3mm wetsuit in the tropics, but the water was cold and we forced ourselves into Michelin Man-like 5mm suits and were fitted with the rest of the equipment provided by the aquarium – all done behind the scenes and above the water in the large tank.

We were lead to a platform above the water where we donned our fins, masks and BCDs and then slid in to the large tank. As soon as we descended we realized how close we could get to our subjects. We also realized while looking out through the windows of the aquarium that we were part of the entertainment for the people eating lunch! We waved at kids while we shot our photos and harassed the captive fish (just kidding about the fish).

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Early Bird

Morning on the Prairie

Morning on the Prairie

I love sunrises, and I am so blessed to live in a place where they are so beautiful. Here’s a shot of Kathy Fromme Prairie Open Space on the south side of Fort Collins, Colorado taken from my deck!

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