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For those of you who have been wondering, we are still alive and well and working hard. Lately, I’ve been quite active with my other blog ArtSpiritVillage.com. I am hoping to get enough votes on three Colorado Photographs to advance to the next round of a national contest. I’d love it if you would have a look.
Okay, this is the moment I’ve been waiting for. After several years of dipping my toes in the current of social media I’ve arrived at a moment of truth. It’s time for me to determine if this high tech voodoo will actually do something to help me in a little shameless self promotion experiment. I’ve gotta tell you, my Facebook balance sheet has thus far been heavily out of whack to the negative.
I’m 53 years old, yet I voluntarily jumped right back into the hornets nest of adolescent social life. There must be something virtuous about putting myself out there even though it reminds me of how awkward and unpopular I was in grade school. There must be a reason why people I used to know in real life are now knocking on my virtual door and asking if I…
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My Dad Loved Colorado. He taught me that taking the time to experience all that is has to offer is well worth the effort. He of all people, knew that the greatest adventures are waiting in your own backyard but as he grew older he realized that his backyard was the entire world. For 20 years, my folks called Hawaii home and I was so fortunate to be able to appreciate all of the little things that make it special. I dedicated this video to my Father on his 80th Birthday so he could see and feel what he could no longer do as the grip of Parkinson’s disease progressed. I hope you take this five minute holiday..who knows, it may make your backyard bigger as well.
There is a reason that Crested Butte has earned the alias of “wildflower capital”. Tammy and I recently spent four days visiting some of my old time favorites, Slate Creek, Oh-Be Joyful, Maroon Bells Wilderness, Paradise Basin and the Anthracite Range. We badly needed to “Re-Boot” both figuratively and literally. The Flora could not have been more spectacular and the folks at the Rocky Mountains Biological Laboratory were abuzz collecting data. Enjoy the explosion of color and remember that the greatest adventures are in your own backyard!
Monday evening, as I drove home I witnessed the most incredible sunset. A glowing orange and yellow sky over the latent silhouette of the front range. Too much traffic and visual obstruction to pull over and take a photo, I captured the image in my mind instead. I had just left my folks at the Denver Hospice Care Center at Lowry where my Dad would undergo a procedure the next morning that would make him more comfortable as he suffered from the later stages of Parkinson’s Disease. Before I said goodnight to my Father for the last time, we talked about how beautiful the facility was and I told him that Robin Williams had passed away (he loved Robin Williams). One of the night nurses graciously brought them a tuna fish sandwich to share even though they had “checked in” too late for dinner and after I left I understand that Dad ate most of it.
Oh how much it hurts to loose someone you Love so much. The grief might even cause a person to jump out of bed, start and finish a painting as the sun rises, which is exactly what I did this morning. I am compelled to paint my Father’s setting sun and this small sketch will be used for a piece that is 20 times larger. I want this memory to be larger than life.
The creators of the 1968 black and white film “Night of the Living Dead” could hardly have envisioned that one day, their handiwork would reside in the Library of Congress due to it’s cultural significance. Who would have guessed that hundreds, if not thousands of Zombie movies would would follow over the next four and a half decades, that the most popular show on television would be set in the midst of a global Zombie apocalypse. We are indeed a society with a fixation on the un-dead.
This Halloween season, we grabbed our cameras and headed to the 8th Annual Denver Zombie Crawl. I haven’t yet heard an official number but I’m pretty sure there were fifteen thousand or so participants, dressed to the nines and slipping and slathering up and down the 16th Street Mall. Enjoy the pics and be sure to check out our short video!
The Greatest Adventures are Waiting in Your Own Backyard.
Our Routine was picked up by the wind and blown around in the Colorado spin-drift this winter, and as spring emerges we find ourselves landing softly in a new life at a much lower elevation. We leave behind warm memories of living in relative seclusion at 9600 feet and we find ourselves excited about the new challenges at 5280. Denver is our new normal. Not only are we close to Family, friends and new opportunities, we are in the midst of a thriving city much different from the Denver that I grew up in. We can’t wait to reach out from our new home base, find new experiences and share them with you all right here, so please stay tuned.
Napoleon Hill once said “A goal is a dream with a deadline”. I simply couldn’t wait another day to get things moving along again, deadline met. As for the dreams, they will take care of themselves. It’s great to be back!
The lenticular cloud formations light up like a giant marquee. The stage is now set for the opening of a new season in the Colorado high country. The warm days of Indian Summer have been wisely used, the wood is piled high and the plow sits ready to push back the spin-drift in the days and weeks ahead. No longer do we lament the passing of what was, we now look to the challenge of the future with eager anticipation, knowing that prosperity is the offspring of hardship.
Scattered along the hillsides that surround the historic towns of Central City and Blackhawk you will find dozens of cemeteries, final resting places of the hearty souls who traded the easy life for a chance to pull treasure from the Earth. It can be a bit spooky to stroll through these graveyards at dusk on a cold fall evening, leaves crunching under your feet as you walk, looking over your shoulder with an unexplainable feeling that you are not alone.
Taking advantage of the best weather that Indian Summer has to offer, we headed south this weekend, chasing the last remaining colors of fall into the great state of New Mexico. Our getaway took us to Taos via State Hwy. 64, then south along the Rio Grande River to Santa Fe. How lucky we are to be so completely surrounded by places to go and things to see and to have the ability to roll back the seasons a week or two simply by driving for a couple of hours.
Santa Fe is an artist’s mecca and there is no better way to feel the vibe than to find yourself on Canyon Road on a Saturday morning. Over 100 galleries line this street and just being part of the crowd will inspire you to do something creative as soon as you get home.
I think the pictures say it all, great weather, great places, great company and a great weekend. The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!