Posts Tagged With: spring

Welcome Home, Painter’s Sky

“Spring is Nature’s Way of Saying Let’s Party” ~ Robin Williams

Goemmer's Butte Near La Veta

It seems like I am constantly writing about the weather.  It’s not that I intend to bore whatever audience we have out there and it’s not that there is nothing exciting going on here at Vision-Finder Productions.  The weather quite simply is the most noteworthy breaking news here in Southern Colorado.  Have you ever seen something so beautiful that you just can’t look at it long enough or hard enough and for a fleeting moment crying seems to be an appropriate response?  Well that’s why I’m hung up on the weather lately, because it is drop dead gorgeous.  This week we welcomed the arrival of those billowing cloud formations, the return of the painter’s sky.

We are currently working on a couple of big video projects, both due in June that have everything to do with the beauty of this region of Colorado.  So we find ourselves out and about, capturing photographs and video takes on a daily basis.  We don’t go anywhere quickly, it seems as though we are compelled to stop just about every time we round a corner.  Being busy has slowed down our Local Tourist Colorado Video Series a bit, but rest assured we’ll be out finding more adventures to share real soon.  Until then, make sure you have checked out the video’s that have been completed.  I recently added a tab at the top of the web page to make them easier to find.  We also plan on sharing some of our current photographs once or twice a week in the interim, so keep on coming back.

As always, keep in mind that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

Spring is bustin' loose

Spring is bustin' loose

North Lake at the foot of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains

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U Pack The Camera, Alpaca The Tripod

The Sangre De Cristo Mountains towering over the Cuchara River Valley.

Is this heaven? It’s Cuchara.  I often improvise famous lines from the movies and apply them to my own personal field of dreams.  In this case, the 18 mile stretch of highway between our home on Cuchara Pass and our post office in La Veta.  This is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Colorado.  For years, this was our daily commute and it became so routine that I stopped really seeing all the beauty.  Now, we find our way to town only a time or two each week and when we do go, we slow down and notice things that have gone unnoticed before.

Alpaca Afternoon

The other day, I was heading back up the valley from a visit with the real estate experts at Bachman & Associates when I noticed that the pastures on the Cantrell Ranch had turned the brightest green, I pulled over and grabbed my camera.  As I approached the fence to compose an angle, I found myself just a few feet away from a herd of exotic, hairy, four legged creatures with peaceful smiles on their faces.   I honestly, have never studied an Alpaca up close and personal before and it took a quick Wiki search when I got home to know the difference between these guys and Llamas.  Both animals are South American Camelids, but the Alpaca is much smaller, much more social within its own species and is known for its delicately soft coat rather than for carrying cargo through the backcountry.

Living in a place of abundant natural beauty does not make a person immune to the “same four walls syndrome”.  It takes a conscious effort to remember how you felt when you first discovered it,  you have to be able to see your everyday surroundings through the eyes of a tourist, you have to remind yourself that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

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Wild Turkey, Then Work, Then Breakfast – Just A Typical Day

San Isidro Church near Weston, Colorado

We had an early assignment in Trinidad yesterday morning and we were on the road just as the first light of the new day pushed the darkness west.  Our reward for only hitting the snooze button once, or maybe three times was the sighting of hundreds of elk and the largest grouping of wild turkeys that we have ever seen.  We stopped at sunrise to shoot video of the San Isidro Church(built around 1870) with the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in the backdrop, hoping to see the mountains turn blood red with the first direct sun rays.  For whatever reason the mountains did not turn red despite an extremely clear sky but the setting was drop dead gorgeous nonetheless.

Trinidad below the Spanish Peaks and the Sangre De Cristos

What a great way to start the day!  The adventure continued as we shot listing photographs of a beautiful building site at the base of Fishers Peak for one of our best clients, Danielle of Southern Colorado Realty.   How many people do you know who get paid to hike around in the woods and take pictures?  After the shoot, we went to historic downtown Trinidad.  Yep, more photos of the blossoming trees that line Main Street before having a wonderful breakfast at the Corner Shop Café.  Tammy had the breakfast burrito with potatoes substituting for the meat, great flavor and a great vegetarian offering.  I had a bagel with scrambled eggs and pepper jack cheese, delicious.

Historic Downtown Trinidad, Colorado

If you’ve only seen Trinidad from the lanes of I-25, then you haven’t been to Trinidad.  Next time, take the exit and explore for a while, point B will still be there when you arrive.  There is so much history here.  The Santa Fe Trail, Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson are just a few of the icons that made this a true wild west town.  The architecture and the hillside brick paved streets add a character that is unique in all of Colorado.

Historic Downtown Trinidad, Colorado

Before heading home, we stopped in at Adobe Gold Real Estate and met Charlie for the first-time.  We had a great visit and learned that he is a friendly man who wears a whole bunch of hats.  Charlie specializes in Colorado mountain land for sale and he can also custom build and deliver a camping cabin to your site within 2 to 3 weeks.  Additionally and among other pursuits, Charlie owns and maintains a community blog, forum and website called   His site is a great source for information and history for the region.  Check it out.

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 Remember, The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.
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Two Springs Forward, And One Spring Back

March Snow at 9600 Ft.

March Snow at 9600 Ft. near Cuchara

In Colorado, March weather is about as predictable as the personalities of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Sure, we can cling to the notion that the month “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”, but in reality it hardly ever works exactly like that.  It seems that March always makes my head spin.

One week ago, Tammy and I were hiking through the canyons of S.E. Colorado.  Short sleeves, sunscreen and temperatures in the 80’s gave us the false notion that winter was over.  By Tuesday morning, two feet of fresh snow and temperatures in the teens found us scrambling for the winter clothing and the snow shovels.  Today is Saturday and we are expecting nothing but blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70’s.

All in All, it is the diversity in geography and the unpredictability of the weather that makes Colorado such a wonderful place to live.  Where else can you change your season, simply by changing your elevation?  Get out and embrace the contrast.

Pastures near La Veta turning green

Pastures near La Veta turning green

The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

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