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Hi, I'm Tamera, a professional wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer in Colorado Springs. But this blog isn't about my professional work; no, it's a daily love note to my beautiful city, where I've lived for most of my life. I love it here and I hope you enjoy seeing Colorado Springs through my eyes and lens!

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25 May 2016

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Don't you love it when you look up on a fine spring day and see blue skies above and green leaves on the trees, instead of grey clouds and bare branches? It's been a long time coming, but school is out and summertime is almost here! Hooray!

24 May 2016

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The Cornerstone Arts Center at the Colorado College, looking lovely on a beautiful late spring day. Soon all of the trees will be in full leaf. I always find it ironic that CC is at its most charming during the summer, when all of the students are gone! There's practically no one on campus to enjoy its beauty.

23 May 2016

Urban Steam


I've been meaning to check out Urban Steam for a couple of years now, but part of me resisted the allure because the place is so obviously, painfully hipster-ish. But I finally took the plunge a few nights ago, and I'm so glad I did! This is literally the best coffee I've had in Colorado Springs. All I had was a decaf cappuccino, nothing fancy. It was fantastic. It was also a beautiful thing to look at. I almost hated to drink it and destroy the prettiness of it all! I was happy to find that Urban Steam also serves beer, wine, cocktails and food. Yes, the menu is definitely hipster (elderflower sangria, for instance) but I don't care because everything looks ridiculously delicious and I want to try it all! And as you know, I am ever an ardent supporter of locally owned, small businesses, and you should be too. I have a feeling that I'm going to become a regular Urban Steam customer :^) 

22 May 2016

Sunday Style!


Today I'm featuring my friend Stephanie and her shocking blue hair! Stephanie's a makeup artist and I've collaborated with her on a couple of shoots recently. It occurred to me that she's got a very unique style and likes to experiment, so I asked her to pose for Sunday Style. She showed up for her shoot with her long blond hair dyed smurf blue! I love it! As you can see, she's just adorable from her blue eyebrows down to her kitty cat shoes. Thanks for posing for me, Steph! You are such a standout!
Stylist Autumn L., a mutual friend, did a fantastic job of integrating shades of blue, turquoise and purple into Stephanie's hair.

21 May 2016

In search of music


Much of my misspent youth (and money) was whiled away in this legendary Denver record store. I'd skip school and drive to Denver just to go to Wax Trax. I still have every record I've ever bought there, most of them obscure American and British punk, hardcore and alternative bands. Pat and I made an impromptu drive to Denver last week, hoping to drop in at Wax Trax to pick up some vinyl, but alas it closes at 7:00pm and we got there at 7:04! That's okay, there's always next time. Wax Trax is the best kind of rabbit hole. It's really no good to go there at closing time, because you'll want to spend hours browsing through their endless multitude of music! We ended up at Twist and Shout instead, another great Denver record store, where we bought four or five LPs. Wax Trax, we love you and we'll be back soon!

20 May 2016

UCCS


Yesterday I went to my alma mater to stroll around and see how things have changed. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is way too much to say/write/type, so everyone just calls it UCCS, and some people call it Cragmor -- in fact, that general area of town is known as Cragmor. Every now and then I find myself at UCCS, mostly to visit the fantastic art gallery (called the GOCA), but I haven't actually purposefully explored the campus on foot in decades! Of course all of the old buildings that I remember from my student days are still there, and a few more have been added. The oldest building, Main Hall (seen in the photo below), has been completely given over to administrative offices. It was once a tuberculosis sanatorium, a century or more ago. I remember having classes in that old building and wondering if it was haunted!

Since the school is currently between semesters, I was able to: A) immediately get a great parking spot, something that would normally be considered an act of God; and B) get photographs of the place looking almost completely deserted. Which was just plain weird! But I like the school with no one there. Nice and peaceful.

19 May 2016

Palmer Lake


Palmer Lake is a picturesque little hamlet a few miles north of Colorado Springs. It's part of an area generally known as the Tri-Lakes, which also includes Monument. You can see that it's a pretty place! I've only blogged about Palmer Lake once before (with pictures by my friend Jennifer), so last week when Pat and I had a rare idle afternoon ahead of us, we decided to drive up there and take a few pictures. It was a great way to spend some free time. The lake was refilled recently, after a few years of depressing emptiness. It's been restored back to its natural charm, and the waterfowl are just beginning to rediscover the place. So are the anglers! I didn't know this, but there's also a Frisbee golf course right next to the lake, a donation from the Palmer Lake Restaurant Group. A handful of teenagers were playing a round while we were there.

It's nice that the residents of Palmer Lake finally have their lake again. If I lived up there, I'd spend a lot of time just hanging around in this spot with a good book and a camera.

There were only a few ducks on the lake, and no geese. I think it might be another couple of years before the waterfowl return in full force.
Nice view to the south! In the foreground is the disc golf course.

A little bit of local history for you :^)