“Embrace the layers of life…the magnificent colors, the darker shadows, the unfolding mysteries, the seemingly misplaced intrusions, the unique textures of myriad experiences. All things come together in the good that is you…”
The secret to life is knowing where the true gold is…
San Juan Mountains
One year ago Colorado was battling the worst forest fire event in its history when the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fires merged, consuming 400,000 acres. This is the Long Draw area bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, which was also heavily damaged by the fire. I’ve taken a lot of wildlife photos here – moose, elk, deer – decades of thrilling memories. On this day the area should have been crawling with hunters, fall photographers, fishermen, enthusiasts, but it’s eerily silent. No wildlife, no people, very little water in the reservoir. In the course of the universe, this is a small blip that is good for the land in restoring it from the blight of the beetle, but I probably won’t live to see it. In the course of my lifetime, it’s a massive loss, yet I can learn from the resilience of the forest and know that life will go on. There is still beauty to behold.
Just one brief ray of light is all I need and suddenly a photo appears. How ever fleeting it might have been, I’ve captured it forever.
“ray of light”
North Fork White River, Colorado
There are no guarantees what we’ll find around the bend. but the future looks bright as long as we are walking together. Should we encounter difficulty, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, and know we have what it takes to go on.
Ohio Creek Valley, Colorado
Routt National Forest, Colorado
(high above Steamboat Springs)
Fall is happening in Colorado…finally. It’s my favorite time of year for photography. The places I have visited haven’t peaked yet, but are still gorgeous. We have to be patient, let things develop, take pleasure in the process…even in the waiting. There is beauty NOW, just take the time to look NOW, listen NOW…cherish NOW. And then get back to strategizing on how to position ourselves for the best of what’s coming. Are you with me? Let’s go!
“Your optimistic eyes seem like paradise, to someone like…me.”
~Depeche Mode (lyrics)
St. Catherine’s Island
“Healing is essential for lasting change. …healing is a transformation, not just a quick fix… what has become fragmented or separated, injured or diseased must be made whole again, or perhaps made whole for the first time.” ― Sharon Weil, ChangeAbility
“In the silence of winter’s bleak….a bird sang.”