Room to Breathe – Lamar Valley

Room to Breathe – Lamar Valley

Planning a trip to Yellowstone (again) this year? This is the time to start since only 22 days from today the Park opens for the summer season - Mammoth Hotel and the Snow Lodge at Old Faithful Village will be the only lodging available in the Park. While we're not sure yet if we'll make the trip there (the East Gate won't open until May 2), I find myself pulling out a few photos from the past that help give that 'room to breathe.' I hope to share one each week throughout 2014 sometime on the … Read more...

Just like that…

Just like that…

...Colorado becomes a part of the story of our past. Granted, it's a huge part of our past - nearly five decades of memories for us both. But the old Colorado we loved is nearly gone. Yet it's not totally gone. A few places still remain - and some of the more remote areas are still delightful and devoid of concrete, shops or pavement. We've landed in Cody and the dust is settling, and I'm gearing up to share more of our adventures soon! Thanks for your patience this past month. … Read more...

Topic Life Update: Early March

Topic Life Update: Early March

I don't know if anyone else has this issue, but it's about this time of year that I find my plans for documenting the year have become...well...messy. By the time March rolls around what I thought would work when making plans in December and January, isn't turning out as I thought it would. So this last weekend, I dug in and really looked at it. I thought perhaps it's because I can create more quickly on the computer. Maybe I needed to shift the whole thing over to digital and simply create a … Read more...

Welcome March!

Welcome March!

  Welcome, March! How you will be changing our lives. This is it. This is the month we make the final shift from Colorado to Wyoming. Changing from Mike's daily work and commute to something different that hasn't yet shown itself. And, I'm taking this pause in my work to really consider how to transform the business into a more focused venture. Lots happening behind the scenes that's not quite yet ready for prime time. But I've noticed other shifts happening as well. Shifting how I … Read more...

Another trip to Cody

Another trip to Cody

This is yet another 'drive by' shot - taken out the window of the truck as we headed north for a quick trip to Cody with another load of stuff. This was taken not far north of Muddy Pass. They had received a tremendous amount of snow since our last trip, and the wind had carved amazing sculptures around trees, and in culverts. The fences in most spots were completely covered or just had the top few inches showing. The roads were pretty awful in Northern Colorado with slush and wind narrowing … Read more...

Wyoming Bound

Wyoming Bound

It's amazing how things come together when something is supposed to happen. We had our second showing of the house over the weekend and have what seems to be a very solid offer that should turn into a contract. If not, we're still on track to land in Cody for good in March. So - the last frantic blast to move to Wyoming starts. The items in my shop that aren't automatic downloads will be turned off on Wednesday, February 12. So if you want to order Binders (I only have a couple more here - the … Read more...

A Rainbow Palette

A Rainbow Palette

Last summer while hanging out at a lake, there was quite a bit of time on our hands while the guys were out on the boat fishing. I noticed all the various colors in the rocks in the water and started to wonder what type of a palette they could provide. With the kids helping, we sorted out the rocks into a rainbow swath.  This kept all of us interested and busy for quite awhile and sparked a bit of interest in geology for a couple of them as they wondered what made the rocks different colors. It … Read more...

Favorite Photos from 2013

Favorite Photos from 2013

While watching the amazing Brooke Shaden on Creative Live today, I've pulled ten of my favorite images from 2013. A way to look back - look for connections in these photos to see where to explore next. It was hard. So many were emotionally charged with Dad's decline, and Taylor's (our Samoyed). I deliberately didn't choose those simply because I cannot remain objective with them. What struck me the most, though, was how few photos I really took. Nearly all of them came from assignments - … Read more...

Phenology notes reconnect you with nature

Phenology notes reconnect you with nature

It's the depths of winter and here in the Colorado mountains, spring is still months away - May is when things make their big shift here - but that doesn't mean I don't look for signs of spring now. They are here (ravens are pairing up and the black capped chickadees are singing their spring song on nice days), there just aren't many of them yet. But in other parts of the country, spring is just around the corner, and people pay closer attention to the changes that signal the coming of warmer … Read more...

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