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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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24 October 2016

The McWilliams House is looking gorgeous these days

The McWilliams House, part of Grace Episcopal Church, received a top-to-bottom restoration a few years ago, and it's holding up beautifully. I took this picture on Saturday while my friend Stephani was treating me to lunch across the street at Panino's. For a glimpse of what the McWilliams House looked like in 2010, mid-restoration, click HERE.

23 October 2016

Sunday Style!

Pat and I, along with my brother Chuck and our good friend Jennifer went to see The Specials last month at the Ogden in Denver (a concert we'd been impatiently waiting months to see), and I captured this cute couple afterward in the alley next to the venue. If you've never heard of the Specials, I'll just explain right here that they're a ska band, which means you can't listen to them without dancing. It's impossible. In fact, we danced nonstop from the beginning of the first song to the end of the last. Everyone was a sweaty, happy mess by the time the show was over. But these two kept their cool, both figuratively and, apparently, literally. They look great!

22 October 2016

The Westside Community Center

The Westside Community Center, located at 16th and Bijou in the old Buena Vista School, provides a multitude of services, classes, programs and events for the residents of our city's west side. There's a fantastic community garden and a food bank for those in need. Some of the more popular programs at the WCC include pickleball, art instruction, cultural events, yoga and wellness classes, and even a photography club. There's something for everyone!

21 October 2016

The old Buena Vista School on the west side

The Westside Community Center occupies the former Buena Vista School. It's good to see these old schools being put to good use after they've been retired, instead of sitting empty and gathering grafitti. More on the WCC and all its great programs tomorrow!

20 October 2016


Wedding season is still kicking my butt, so I had no opportunity yesterday to grab an interesting picture for you. This is a shot of Kissing Camels rock (probably just a test shot) that I took at a wedding in July at the Garden of the Gods. Pretty, but not terribly interesting. Sorry for the placeholder. Hopefully I'll have a better image for you tomorrow!!!

19 October 2016

Autumn flight

Pat and I stopped by Prospect Lake yesterday afternoon, and as we were strolling along the shore, a large flock of Canada geese took flight from the lawn and splashed down into the water. I managed to capture a few decent shots of the action. This one is my favorite. Actually, it's a tight crop -- the uncropped version of the same image is below (BTW the haze over Pikes Peak is the result of area wildfires, per yesterday's post). I couldn't decide which one was better. Which do you prefer?

18 October 2016

Wildfire in Custer County

I took this picture a couple of months ago in Palmer Park, and its message still applies. We have had almost no meaningful precipitation in weeks, even months. Every night the TV meteorologists warn us of the fire danger. Bone dry conditions and high winds make ideal conditions for a blaze. Unfortunately, as of yesterday we've got a big one burning right now in Custer County, about 75 miles southwest of Colorado Springs in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The high winds have made it very difficult to battle effectively. Within a matter of hours, the wildfire had grown to over 11,000 acres, and today it sits at close to 16,000. Two homes have already burned down, and there is currently 0% containment. Thankfully there's been no loss of life as people began evacuating yesterday in both Custer and Pueblo counties. It amazing how quickly the authorities organize and get the word out in these situations. Kudos to them! Let's hope the hotshots can get this wildfire under control soon! You can stay up-to-date on the situation HERE.