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A #blissful winter storm is upon us here in #centralcolorado . Prepare yourself #salida for a #winterwonderland . Come try out our #snowshoe demos @salidamtnsports . Pick up tonight to enjoy in the morning.#msrgear  #inuit  #snowangel
My home, I miss you a whole lot. I miss the wonderful sunsets and the deer, and even the sound of the train. 🏠
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and our dreams on the windowsill
see those trees turning gold in the hills
and our dreams on the windowsill see those trees turning gold in the hills
The beauty of central Colorado.  #elksightings #sangredecristos #royalgorgebridge #westcliffe #canoncity #centralcolorado #roadtrip Driving into the sunset. 🙏🏻
Grand Mesa was AMAZING. Literally dozens of lakes on the top AND views from Land’s End Observatory were 👌🏻
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How was your labor day weekend? We went to Boreas Pass nearby Breckenridge, CO.
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The pass was named in honor of Boreas, the Ancient Greek god of the North Wind.
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Myself, my husband, and our 3.5 yo enjoyed the cool breeze from being at a high elevation at about 11k feet and the view of tundra. Little did I know I was going to stand on the continental divide! How cool is that?! I love learning about history and being in CO gives me opportunities to learn about gold rush, mining, railroads, and ghost towns 🤩🤩
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How was your labor day weekend? We went to Boreas Pass nearby Breckenridge, CO. . The pass was named in honor of Boreas, the Ancient Greek god of the North Wind. . Myself, my husband, and our 3.5 yo enjoyed the cool breeze from being at a high elevation at about 11k feet and the view of tundra. Little did I know I was going to stand on the continental divide! How cool is that?! I love learning about history and being in CO gives me opportunities to learn about gold rush, mining, railroads, and ghost towns 🤩🤩 . . . #yellowpearart  #phdlife  #labordayweekend  #travel  #offroading  #roadtrip  #daytrip  #explore  #adventureisoutthere  #centralcolorado  #boreaspass  #goldrush  #ghosttown  #greatdivide  #breckenridge  #colorado  #womeninscience 
Fall at Ohio Creek Road – Some of the colorful fall aspen trees that can be seen along Ohio Creek Road (county road 730). This area has many displays of aspen and offers excellent views as you travel higher up the road.  To get there, take Highway 135 north out of Gunnison towards Crested Butte.  In a few miles, you’ll make a left turn onto county road 730 (Ohio Creek Road). You’ll drive for about 15 miles before you start into the aspens and will pass by several nice farms before you get there.  The road will eventually become just dirt and can be a little rough in spots.

If you continue up this road, you will reach Ohio Pass (10,065ft) which is literally only 1 mile away from Kebler Pass (10,007ft). It doesn’t seem like official passes can be this close, but what do I know.  If you do continue on to Kebler Pass, you’ll find what’s left of the old Irwin Cemetery.  There is a small parking area at the pass with a descriptive marker about the old graveyard.

Shot Details:
Nikon D800
w/ Nikkor 24-85mm lens
ISO-400, 1/800s, f/10, 24mm
Photo taken on 09/27/2013
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Fall at Ohio Creek Road – Some of the colorful fall aspen trees that can be seen along Ohio Creek Road (county road 730). This area has many displays of aspen and offers excellent views as you travel higher up the road.  To get there, take Highway 135 north out of Gunnison towards Crested Butte.  In a few miles, you’ll make a left turn onto county road 730 (Ohio Creek Road). You’ll drive for about 15 miles before you start into the aspens and will pass by several nice farms before you get there.  The road will eventually become just dirt and can be a little rough in spots. If you continue up this road, you will reach Ohio Pass (10,065ft) which is literally only 1 mile away from Kebler Pass (10,007ft). It doesn’t seem like official passes can be this close, but what do I know.  If you do continue on to Kebler Pass, you’ll find what’s left of the old Irwin Cemetery.  There is a small parking area at the pass with a descriptive marker about the old graveyard. Shot Details: Nikon D800 w/ Nikkor 24-85mm lens ISO-400, 1/800s, f/10, 24mm Photo taken on 09/27/2013 . . . . . . . . #colorado  #centralcolorado  #landscape  #mountains  #rockymountains  #fallleaves  #autumn  #autumncolors  #autumnleaves  #outdoors  #greatoutdoors  #nature  #naturelovers  #backroads  #dirtroads  #lifeisgood  #stayandwander  #wandering  #wanderlust  #explorers  #getoutthere  #westbysouthwest  #lonelyplanet  #bns_landscape  #theworldshotz  #pictureline  #thephotoargus  #lovelivingincolorado  #WildandCO  #coloradical 
On one of our last nights in Salida, Bren flew our drone to capture a different perspective of our site. The mountains you see here weren’t super visible from the ground, but the ones to the north of our rig included four 14ers! We had such a great few weeks in this area, and it was easily our favorite place in Colorado so far. 💙 We’re coming for you, RMNP!! @rockynps
On one of our last nights in Salida, Bren flew our drone to capture a different perspective of our site. The mountains you see here weren’t super visible from the ground, but the ones to the north of our rig included four 14ers! We had such a great few weeks in this area, and it was easily our favorite place in Colorado so far. 💙 We’re coming for you, RMNP!! @rockynps
View out the window as we were driving down US-285 in #colorado today. I found a pull off where I could rest for a few minutes and took a picture while I was at it. #centralcolorado #nature #mountains #trucking #truckinglife #travelersnotebook #thenextadventure #dailylife #dailygram
Dunes on a Dune – Came across this strange phenomenon while visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park just as a rain shower had crossed over the dunes.  The wind behind the storm started to dry off some of the sand.  Within minutes the light-colored dry sand collected into miniature dunes on the darker, damp sand below.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park is located at the end of Highway 150 in Central Colorado near Alamosa.  It starts at the base of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and is one of the more unique places you’ll find in the state.  Information on how the dunes were formed and how humans have interacted with them is available from the National Park Service on the web at https://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
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Shot Details:
Nikon D800
w/ Nikkor 70-200mm lens
ISO-400, 1/200s, f/11, 70mm
Photo taken on 05/28/2016
Dunes on a Dune – Came across this strange phenomenon while visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park just as a rain shower had crossed over the dunes.  The wind behind the storm started to dry off some of the sand.  Within minutes the light-colored dry sand collected into miniature dunes on the darker, damp sand below. . Great Sand Dunes National Park is located at the end of Highway 150 in Central Colorado near Alamosa.  It starts at the base of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and is one of the more unique places you’ll find in the state.  Information on how the dunes were formed and how humans have interacted with them is available from the National Park Service on the web at https://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm . Shot Details: Nikon D800 w/ Nikkor 70-200mm lens ISO-400, 1/200s, f/11, 70mm Photo taken on 05/28/2016
Crested Butte Fall – I’m not quite ready for fall yet, but here’s an early morning shot of the changing of the leaves from 2016 just north of Mt. Crested Butte along road 317.  Continuing up this road will take you through the old town of Gothic, and eventually up over Schofield pass.  From there you can take road 734 which will pass by a beautiful reflecting pond and then ultimately take you back down to Crested Butte.  This area affords many photo opportunities for wildflowers (June/July) and fall colors (mid/late September). Fair warning – these are dirt roads so wash boarding can be an issue, as well as surface damage when heavy rains occur that can create “mud traps” for low clearance vehicles.

Shot Details:
Nikon D800
w/ Nikkor 24-70mm lens
ISO-200, 1/500s, f/11, 60mm
Manfrotto 190 Tripod
Photo taken on 09/25/2016
Crested Butte Fall – I’m not quite ready for fall yet, but here’s an early morning shot of the changing of the leaves from 2016 just north of Mt. Crested Butte along road 317.  Continuing up this road will take you through the old town of Gothic, and eventually up over Schofield pass.  From there you can take road 734 which will pass by a beautiful reflecting pond and then ultimately take you back down to Crested Butte.  This area affords many photo opportunities for wildflowers (June/July) and fall colors (mid/late September). Fair warning – these are dirt roads so wash boarding can be an issue, as well as surface damage when heavy rains occur that can create “mud traps” for low clearance vehicles. Shot Details: Nikon D800 w/ Nikkor 24-70mm lens ISO-200, 1/500s, f/11, 60mm Manfrotto 190 Tripod Photo taken on 09/25/2016
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I went to the mountains the other day and it was the time of my life 🐝🌻 *
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Hiked 3hrs to above the timberline and down a bowl to an alpine lake. #BerthoudPass #ContinentalDivide #Alpine #CentralColorado #FlyFishing #12000MilesHigh
Thank-you to all of you who wished me a happy birthday yesterday! It was a lovely day spent in the mountains around Crested Butte. Definitely one for the books. 😊
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Side note: Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is so epic and one of the quietest national parks we’ve ever visited. We came for a sunset drive and hike in the early evening a few weeks back, and we were one of a handful of other cars. It’s totally worth a stop if you are nearby or passing through central Colorado. ✨
Thank-you to all of you who wished me a happy birthday yesterday! It was a lovely day spent in the mountains around Crested Butte. Definitely one for the books. 😊 . Side note: Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is so epic and one of the quietest national parks we’ve ever visited. We came for a sunset drive and hike in the early evening a few weeks back, and we were one of a handful of other cars. It’s totally worth a stop if you are nearby or passing through central Colorado. ✨
Mules Ears – I witnessed some of the healthiest displays of Mules Ear flowers I have ever seen in the Rocky Mountains during the late spring of 2011.  This grouping was part of a much larger field near Cataract Lake which also included (but not pictured) Mountain Lupine, Indian Paintbrush and Columbine.

Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/ Nikkor 80-200mm lens
ISO-400, 1/640s, f/13, 200mm
Photo taken on 06/21/2011
Mules Ears – I witnessed some of the healthiest displays of Mules Ear flowers I have ever seen in the Rocky Mountains during the late spring of 2011.  This grouping was part of a much larger field near Cataract Lake which also included (but not pictured) Mountain Lupine, Indian Paintbrush and Columbine. Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/ Nikkor 80-200mm lens ISO-400, 1/640s, f/13, 200mm Photo taken on 06/21/2011
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Going Home
A few days away .....a different place, a different pace, all reminders of how fortunate I am to call Wyoming home.
#weekendroadtrip #southerncolorado #centralcolorado#bumpertobumperthewholeway#summertimevibes #holidaytraffic #theresnoplacelikehome #wideopenspace
Alpine Lupine – A clutch of Alpine Lupine flowers near Cataract Lake in the North-Central Colorado Rocky Mountains. The year this photo was taken was especially good as we had a wet cold winter and a mild wet spring.  Some of the hillsides on the opposite side of the valley were actually staring to show a violet hue. This area normally blooms from mid to late June, at which time you’ll find several types of flowers along the way.  To reach this area, start by taking Highway 9 north from Silerthorn and then turn left onto County Road 30 (Heeney Road) just before Green Mountain Reservoir.  Follow this for a few miles until you come to County Road 1725 (Cataract Creek Road). Turn left onto it and follow it to the end looking for flowers along the way.  Parking is limited, so be sure to get there early (especially on weekends). Don’t forget to take the hike around the lake as well!

Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/ Nikkor 80-200mm lens
ISO-400, 1/200s, f/13, 200mm
Photo taken on 06/21/2011
Alpine Lupine – A clutch of Alpine Lupine flowers near Cataract Lake in the North-Central Colorado Rocky Mountains. The year this photo was taken was especially good as we had a wet cold winter and a mild wet spring.  Some of the hillsides on the opposite side of the valley were actually staring to show a violet hue. This area normally blooms from mid to late June, at which time you’ll find several types of flowers along the way.  To reach this area, start by taking Highway 9 north from Silerthorn and then turn left onto County Road 30 (Heeney Road) just before Green Mountain Reservoir.  Follow this for a few miles until you come to County Road 1725 (Cataract Creek Road). Turn left onto it and follow it to the end looking for flowers along the way.  Parking is limited, so be sure to get there early (especially on weekends). Don’t forget to take the hike around the lake as well! Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/ Nikkor 80-200mm lens ISO-400, 1/200s, f/13, 200mm Photo taken on 06/21/2011
An early summer field of Mule’s Ears flowers with Marcellina Mountain in the distance.  The number of these flowers will vary with each season depending temperature as well as the amount of snow received over the winter.  This field is located along Colorado Road 12 at the Lost Lake campground turnoff (Road 706). The are also miles of aspen groves in this area, so don’t forget to visit this area in the fall as well.

Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/ 18-105mm lens
ISO-800, 1/160s, f/16, 32mm
Photo taken on 07/10/2010
An early summer field of Mule’s Ears flowers with Marcellina Mountain in the distance.  The number of these flowers will vary with each season depending temperature as well as the amount of snow received over the winter.  This field is located along Colorado Road 12 at the Lost Lake campground turnoff (Road 706). The are also miles of aspen groves in this area, so don’t forget to visit this area in the fall as well. Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/ 18-105mm lens ISO-800, 1/160s, f/16, 32mm Photo taken on 07/10/2010
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Fall at Ruby Peak – A fall evening at Ruby Peak in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains.  This area is loaded with photo opportunities which all can be found along county road 12 that runs between Crested Butte and Paonia State Park (Hwy 133). Not only will you find 17 continuous miles of aspen trees, but you also get the Beckwith Mountains, Kebler Pass, Marcellina Mountain, Lake Irwin and Lost Lake campground (the last two are just a couple of miles off road 12). Fall colors usually start appearing halfway through September, and can last into early October.  Fair warning – this road can get very muddy so be prepared for some slick messy conditions in the rain.

Shot Details:
Nikon D800
w/ Nikkor 80-200mm lens
ISO-800, 1/500s, f/11, 135mm
Photo taken on 10/11/2014
Fall at Ruby Peak – A fall evening at Ruby Peak in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains.  This area is loaded with photo opportunities which all can be found along county road 12 that runs between Crested Butte and Paonia State Park (Hwy 133). Not only will you find 17 continuous miles of aspen trees, but you also get the Beckwith Mountains, Kebler Pass, Marcellina Mountain, Lake Irwin and Lost Lake campground (the last two are just a couple of miles off road 12). Fall colors usually start appearing halfway through September, and can last into early October.  Fair warning – this road can get very muddy so be prepared for some slick messy conditions in the rain. Shot Details: Nikon D800 w/ Nikkor 80-200mm lens ISO-800, 1/500s, f/11, 135mm Photo taken on 10/11/2014
The hauntingly beautiful interior of Bishop Castle in Rye, Colorado. A one-man stone and iron project that has been under construction for 40 years. A unique and must-see place if you love quirky roadside attractions. Be cautious, however, that there are uneven steps, open windows and slip and trip hazards everywhere, so it's not safe for small children, nor is it accessible for anyone with mobility issues. For more info on this interesting place check out the listing in Wikipedia.
The hauntingly beautiful interior of Bishop Castle in Rye, Colorado. A one-man stone and iron project that has been under construction for 40 years. A unique and must-see place if you love quirky roadside attractions. Be cautious, however, that there are uneven steps, open windows and slip and trip hazards everywhere, so it's not safe for small children, nor is it accessible for anyone with mobility issues. For more info on this interesting place check out the listing in Wikipedia.
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Fairy Trumpet Flower – A macro shot of one of the many Red Fairy Trumpet flowers growing along highway 12 heading east on the way up to Kebler Pass.  These flowers are a favorite of humming birds, and usually bloom in the high country from July to early September.

Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/ Tamron 70-300mm lens (macro)
ISO-800, 1/125s, f/18, 300mm (macro)
Photo taken on 07/10/2010
Fairy Trumpet Flower – A macro shot of one of the many Red Fairy Trumpet flowers growing along highway 12 heading east on the way up to Kebler Pass.  These flowers are a favorite of humming birds, and usually bloom in the high country from July to early September. Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/ Tamron 70-300mm lens (macro) ISO-800, 1/125s, f/18, 300mm (macro) Photo taken on 07/10/2010
Aspen Leaf in Transition – Not all aspen put on the usual gold coat for fall. Some will appear as orange, or even red. This closeup shot caught one of the rarer red aspen in md-transition.  You can see the green chlorophyll fading away to reveal the fall colors as the leaves prepare to drop for winter. 
Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/ Tamron 70-300MM lens
ISO-1250, 1/500s, f/5.6, 190mm
Photo taken on 09/26/2008
Aspen Leaf in Transition – Not all aspen put on the usual gold coat for fall. Some will appear as orange, or even red. This closeup shot caught one of the rarer red aspen in md-transition.  You can see the green chlorophyll fading away to reveal the fall colors as the leaves prepare to drop for winter. Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/ Tamron 70-300MM lens ISO-1250, 1/500s, f/5.6, 190mm Photo taken on 09/26/2008
The flowers have started to open in the high country! Took a quick phone snap of the Mules Ear flowers opening right now (5/25/2018) in Silverthorne, CO.
The flowers have started to open in the high country! Took a quick phone snap of the Mules Ear flowers opening right now (5/25/2018) in Silverthorne, CO.
Waterfall on Colorado 133 – A small waterfall on the roadside along Colorado highway 133 (just pass mile marker 49) on the way up to McClure Pass.  Like many of the smaller waterfalls in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, this one dries up later in the summer after the snow melt has finished higher up on the peaks.

Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/ Nikkor 18-105mm lens
ISO-200, 1/3s, f/29, 42mm
Photo taken on 06/14/2010
Waterfall on Colorado 133 – A small waterfall on the roadside along Colorado highway 133 (just pass mile marker 49) on the way up to McClure Pass.  Like many of the smaller waterfalls in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, this one dries up later in the summer after the snow melt has finished higher up on the peaks. Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/ Nikkor 18-105mm lens ISO-200, 1/3s, f/29, 42mm Photo taken on 06/14/2010
The wild Elks of early spring.
The wild Elks of early spring.
Hawaii is lush with blues, greens, and all colours of the rainbow from the tropical fish to the fruits and flowers, and everything in between. 
In contrast, Colorado’s colour scheme is more muted, more earthy. Sage green, greys, cool blues, and hundreds of shades of brown. Despite the stark difference, there’s still so much to see and marvel at here in the centennial state. As someone who gravitates towards colours, who knew I could love brown so much? //
#colorado #deckers #sedalia #centralcolorado #lostvalleyranch #rockymountains #pikenationalforest #explorecolorado #solotravel #optoutside #womenoutdoors #thegentlestrength #lightroom #rni #rnifilms
Hawaii is lush with blues, greens, and all colours of the rainbow from the tropical fish to the fruits and flowers, and everything in between. In contrast, Colorado’s colour scheme is more muted, more earthy. Sage green, greys, cool blues, and hundreds of shades of brown. Despite the stark difference, there’s still so much to see and marvel at here in the centennial state. As someone who gravitates towards colours, who knew I could love brown so much? // #colorado  #deckers  #sedalia  #centralcolorado  #lostvalleyranch  #rockymountains  #pikenationalforest  #explorecolorado  #solotravel  #optoutside  #womenoutdoors  #thegentlestrength  #lightroom  #rni  #rnifilms 
The northernmost peaks of the Sangre de Christo range. A mountain range has to start somewhere. #enjoyyourpubliclands #chaffeecounty #centralcolorado #sangredecristos
Cataract Creek – The winter of 2015 was very snowy one in Colorado and the spring melt found most rivers running full and fast. Cataract Creek was no exception as can be seen in this midday photo taken just above Lower Cataract Lake. Ironically, this image was actually taken on the last day of Spring, and the water was still running this high! The more adventurous can use the unseen trail to the left to follow the river to a few small waterfalls a little further upstream.

To get to Lower Cataract lake trail, take road 1725 west from Heeney, CO (along highway 30 by Green Mountain Reserviour)

Shot Details:
Nikon D800
w/ Nikkor 16-35mm lens
ISO-50, 1/4s, f/14, 16mm
Photo taken on 06/20/2015
Cataract Creek – The winter of 2015 was very snowy one in Colorado and the spring melt found most rivers running full and fast. Cataract Creek was no exception as can be seen in this midday photo taken just above Lower Cataract Lake. Ironically, this image was actually taken on the last day of Spring, and the water was still running this high! The more adventurous can use the unseen trail to the left to follow the river to a few small waterfalls a little further upstream. To get to Lower Cataract lake trail, take road 1725 west from Heeney, CO (along highway 30 by Green Mountain Reserviour) Shot Details: Nikon D800 w/ Nikkor 16-35mm lens ISO-50, 1/4s, f/14, 16mm Photo taken on 06/20/2015
Pulled 3 Browns out of the Swirling Circle of Goodness.  #RioGrandeHeadwaters #CentralColorado #SmallMountainStreams #FlyFishing #CatchAndRelease #Tenkara #KebariFlyFTW #Colorado
The Cutthroat refused to cooperate, but the Brooks & Browns had read the memo. #RioGrandeHeadwaters #CentralColorado #SmallMountainStreams #FlyFishing #CatchAndRelease #Tenkara #KebariFlyFTW #Colorado
Moss under Maroon Lake – When conditions are right in the waters of Maroon Lake (near the Maroon Bells), bright green moss will cover the lake bed in the shallows by the early fall. I have only seen it this bright and thick just twice over the last 15 years. The underwater log in the shot has been there as long as I have been coming up to this location. It provides a good example of how slowly things decay in the cold waters of high altitude mountain lakes.

Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/ Tamron 70-300mm lens
ISO-800, 1/160s, f/13, 130mm
Photo taken on 09/25/2008
Moss under Maroon Lake – When conditions are right in the waters of Maroon Lake (near the Maroon Bells), bright green moss will cover the lake bed in the shallows by the early fall. I have only seen it this bright and thick just twice over the last 15 years. The underwater log in the shot has been there as long as I have been coming up to this location. It provides a good example of how slowly things decay in the cold waters of high altitude mountain lakes. Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/ Tamron 70-300mm lens ISO-800, 1/160s, f/13, 130mm Photo taken on 09/25/2008
Oh hey! Happy Earth Day everyone! 🌍 Get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Check out your local #statepark, #metroparks, or #nationalpark. Whether you’re exploring fresh, new trails or your favorite trails that you’ve been hiking for years, there’s always something new you can discover. #Optoutside and #neverstopexploring. Thank Mama Aina for the air you breathe and #payitforward to help preserve wild areas. 
There will always be someone who sees natural areas as an avenue of exploitation to turn them into profit, but hopefully, there will be more people willing to stand up for the earth and value it for its cultural, historical, and environmental intrinsic value. It’s up to us to protect our parks, and I believe that we can and will. Now get out there and enjoy yourselves. ⛰🌲 //
#happyearthday #protectourparks #sedalia #explorecolorado #colorado #centralcolorado #uptous #solotraveler #thegentlestrength #adventure #nature #rockymountains #rockymountainhigh #pikenationalforest #nationalparkservice #lightroom #rni
Oh hey! Happy Earth Day everyone! 🌍 Get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Check out your local #statepark , #metroparks , or #nationalpark . Whether you’re exploring fresh, new trails or your favorite trails that you’ve been hiking for years, there’s always something new you can discover. #Optoutside  and #neverstopexploring . Thank Mama Aina for the air you breathe and #payitforward  to help preserve wild areas. There will always be someone who sees natural areas as an avenue of exploitation to turn them into profit, but hopefully, there will be more people willing to stand up for the earth and value it for its cultural, historical, and environmental intrinsic value. It’s up to us to protect our parks, and I believe that we can and will. Now get out there and enjoy yourselves. ⛰🌲 // #happyearthday  #protectourparks  #sedalia  #explorecolorado  #colorado  #centralcolorado  #uptous  #solotraveler  #thegentlestrength  #adventure  #nature  #rockymountains  #rockymountainhigh  #pikenationalforest  #nationalparkservice  #lightroom  #rni 
Winters are usually really hard for me. Anyone that’s lived through winters in the Midwest is sure to understand; our winters are 6-7 months long, grey, cold, and icy. I lucked out this winter, as I landed a work trade internship in Maui and was gone from November to mid-February. I spent a few days in Fort Collins before returning to Cleveland, but from mid-February to just a few days ago, I was back living in the Midwest. Even in those two months, I felt winter weighing heavy on me. I’m prone to depression and anxiety, and a lack of sunshine and warmth affects this.
I was, however, fortunate to be able to come back to Colorado to see @charlieich and his family at #LostValleyRanch, located in Sedalia, Colorado (which is in central Colorado, nestled comfortably in the Rocky Mountains, near #PikeNationalForest.) This experience affected me in a way I didn’t foresee. Blue skies, mountains all around me, ample hiking trails, horseback riding through the mountains, gentile hospitality and kindness from literally every person I met (I kid ye not). In short, Colorado won me over. 
For someone who always thought she had to live near large bodies of water to be happy, it came as a surprise to be so intoxicated by the dry beauty of the Southwest. And on top of that, to be won over by a state in my least favorite season is a HUGE thing. I can’t wait to see what my new home looks like in the seasons to come. //
#colorado #explorecolorado #sedalia #optoutside #solotraveler #exploreeverywhere #thegentlestrength #rni #southwest #lightroom #rockymountainhigh #rockymountains #centralcolorado
Winters are usually really hard for me. Anyone that’s lived through winters in the Midwest is sure to understand; our winters are 6-7 months long, grey, cold, and icy. I lucked out this winter, as I landed a work trade internship in Maui and was gone from November to mid-February. I spent a few days in Fort Collins before returning to Cleveland, but from mid-February to just a few days ago, I was back living in the Midwest. Even in those two months, I felt winter weighing heavy on me. I’m prone to depression and anxiety, and a lack of sunshine and warmth affects this. I was, however, fortunate to be able to come back to Colorado to see @charlieich and his family at #LostValleyRanch , located in Sedalia, Colorado (which is in central Colorado, nestled comfortably in the Rocky Mountains, near #PikeNationalForest .) This experience affected me in a way I didn’t foresee. Blue skies, mountains all around me, ample hiking trails, horseback riding through the mountains, gentile hospitality and kindness from literally every person I met (I kid ye not). In short, Colorado won me over. For someone who always thought she had to live near large bodies of water to be happy, it came as a surprise to be so intoxicated by the dry beauty of the Southwest. And on top of that, to be won over by a state in my least favorite season is a HUGE thing. I can’t wait to see what my new home looks like in the seasons to come. // #colorado  #explorecolorado  #sedalia  #optoutside  #solotraveler  #exploreeverywhere  #thegentlestrength  #rni  #southwest  #lightroom  #rockymountainhigh  #rockymountains  #centralcolorado 
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Moonlight on the Bells!
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This isn’t your typical shot of the Marron Bells. This photo was taken only using the light of the full moon! You can tell from the stars in the sky and the blurred clouds which moved a little during the long exposure. Since moonlight is just reflected sunlight, you can take what will look like a daylight photo just by using a longer exposure. You’ll need a tripod, and a camera capable of taking a 30+ second exposure at a high ISO. It also helps to have no wind as it will cause anything in the foreground to blur when it is moved by the breeze. When done correctly, it can give a very surreal look to a photo. DM me for additional hints on how to take moonlight photos!
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Shot Details:
Nikon D800
w/ 24-70mm lens
ISO-2000, 20s, f/5.6, 40mm
Photo taken on 09/16/2016
. Moonlight on the Bells! . This isn’t your typical shot of the Marron Bells. This photo was taken only using the light of the full moon! You can tell from the stars in the sky and the blurred clouds which moved a little during the long exposure. Since moonlight is just reflected sunlight, you can take what will look like a daylight photo just by using a longer exposure. You’ll need a tripod, and a camera capable of taking a 30+ second exposure at a high ISO. It also helps to have no wind as it will cause anything in the foreground to blur when it is moved by the breeze. When done correctly, it can give a very surreal look to a photo. DM me for additional hints on how to take moonlight photos! . Shot Details: Nikon D800 w/ 24-70mm lens ISO-2000, 20s, f/5.6, 40mm Photo taken on 09/16/2016
So grateful that I had the opportunity to come see my boyfriend and meet his family in person. Those three days were everything I needed in my life. I got to experience new things and new places, and by the sheer kindness and hospitality of #lostvalleyranch, I was able to enjoy my time there in the utmost comfort in my own cabin. Thank you LVL! Also, Charlie paired me with the chillest of bay babes and I bonded immediately. Trixie was the best. She deserves all the apples and neck pets.🐴
I know I’ve said this a million times, but due to recent events, I want to re-emphasize how much I love Colorado and how much I look forward to moving out there. I have a newfound sense of wonder and respect for the southwest, and I look forward to exploring more of it in the years to come. Fingers crossed, I’ll be packing up my bags (and probably a truck) for good and moving out west in the next 6-8 months. Less than a year away! I get excited just thinking about the possibility. 🤞🏼
Anyways, I just wanna say how much I admire my boyfriend @charlieich. Charlie, you pursued what made the most sense to you, what you loved, and I’m proud of you for taking that tough step. When I saw you last week, I saw how well you meshed with your surroundings, I saw you so happy. That makes me happy. I hope you find what you’re looking for. I hope you continue to pursue what you love and what makes you feel alive, and you do so unabashedly. 
Thank you @outdoorszy for getting at least one photo of us together. 😄 Also thanks for inviting me out and making this happen. I’m so glad I finally had the opportunity to meet you and Jim in person. //
#manythanks #duderanch #colorado #sedalia #horsebackriding #rockymountains #pikenationalforest #nps #rockymountainhigh #centralcolorado #girlslovetravel #glt #optoutside #neverstopexploring #mtnchicks #longdistancerelationship
So grateful that I had the opportunity to come see my boyfriend and meet his family in person. Those three days were everything I needed in my life. I got to experience new things and new places, and by the sheer kindness and hospitality of #lostvalleyranch , I was able to enjoy my time there in the utmost comfort in my own cabin. Thank you LVL! Also, Charlie paired me with the chillest of bay babes and I bonded immediately. Trixie was the best. She deserves all the apples and neck pets.🐴 I know I’ve said this a million times, but due to recent events, I want to re-emphasize how much I love Colorado and how much I look forward to moving out there. I have a newfound sense of wonder and respect for the southwest, and I look forward to exploring more of it in the years to come. Fingers crossed, I’ll be packing up my bags (and probably a truck) for good and moving out west in the next 6-8 months. Less than a year away! I get excited just thinking about the possibility. 🤞🏼 Anyways, I just wanna say how much I admire my boyfriend @charlieich. Charlie, you pursued what made the most sense to you, what you loved, and I’m proud of you for taking that tough step. When I saw you last week, I saw how well you meshed with your surroundings, I saw you so happy. That makes me happy. I hope you find what you’re looking for. I hope you continue to pursue what you love and what makes you feel alive, and you do so unabashedly. Thank you @outdoorszy for getting at least one photo of us together. 😄 Also thanks for inviting me out and making this happen. I’m so glad I finally had the opportunity to meet you and Jim in person. // #manythanks  #duderanch  #colorado  #sedalia  #horsebackriding  #rockymountains  #pikenationalforest  #nps  #rockymountainhigh  #centralcolorado  #girlslovetravel  #glt  #optoutside  #neverstopexploring  #mtnchicks  #longdistancerelationship 
Hard to believe we're less than 6 months away from scenes like this. This view through the fall aspen trees is at the base of Carbon Peak on the road up to Ohio Pass. This area is filled with aspen groves and is located in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains about 20 miles North of Gunnison on Ohio Creek Rd (730). Shot Details:
Nikon D300
w/80-200mm lens
ISO-400, 1/500s, f/6.3, 200mm
Photo taken on 09/25/2008
Hard to believe we're less than 6 months away from scenes like this. This view through the fall aspen trees is at the base of Carbon Peak on the road up to Ohio Pass. This area is filled with aspen groves and is located in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains about 20 miles North of Gunnison on Ohio Creek Rd (730). Shot Details: Nikon D300 w/80-200mm lens ISO-400, 1/500s, f/6.3, 200mm Photo taken on 09/25/2008
It’s Milky Way season.
It’s Milky Way season.
If you live or do business in Central Colorado, please earmark some charitable dollars for these folks! Happy to consider them friends of Buy Land America •
https://www.coloradogives.org/CUSP/overview 
#buylandamerica #toptennlife
If you live or do business in Central Colorado, please earmark some charitable dollars for these folks! Happy to consider them friends of Buy Land America • https://www.coloradogives.org/CUSP/overview #buylandamerica  #toptennlife 
Caught this sunrise over Blue Mesa Reservoir while out on a fall leaf expedition. Blue Mesa Reservoir is located in Central Colorado about 10 miles West of Gunnison along State Highway 50. It is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area which offers many camping, boating, and fishing opportunities year round.

Shot Details:
Nikon D800
w/ Nikkor 70-200mm lens
ISO-400, 1/60s, f/9, 70mm
Sunpack Tripod
Photo taken on 09/30/2015
Caught this sunrise over Blue Mesa Reservoir while out on a fall leaf expedition. Blue Mesa Reservoir is located in Central Colorado about 10 miles West of Gunnison along State Highway 50. It is part of the Curecanti National Recreation Area which offers many camping, boating, and fishing opportunities year round. Shot Details: Nikon D800 w/ Nikkor 70-200mm lens ISO-400, 1/60s, f/9, 70mm Sunpack Tripod Photo taken on 09/30/2015
NEW EPISODE: In which Jeff tries to record the ultrasonic hunting calls of bats….and misidentifies the species of bat on the Bacardi rum bottle.
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#batrecording #ultrasonic #orientlandtrust #192k #256k #384k #valleyviewhotsprings #travelpodcast #batsong #sanluisvalley #centralcolorado
These little cuties made their debut yesterday afternoon. Princess, their mother, did great. She is a proud mother of ten.

#ranchweddingvenue #farmweddingvenue #piglets #love #coloradoweddingvenue #weddingvenue #workingranch #springbabies #littlecuties #naturalcolorado #outdoorwedding #centralcolorado #colorado #workingranch