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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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21 July 2018

Point of historical interest

Driving home from Buena Vista (see yesterday's post), I decided to go through Salida instead of taking Highway 24 eastward. It's only about 25 miles between the two towns. Along the way, I stopped at this point of historical interest. The sign below describes some of Zebulon Pike's trials and tribulations as he explored Colorado, including his failure to summit his namesake mountain. I guess the range pictured above (actually a composite of about five photos put together in Photoshop) is where he and his men holed up during the Christmas of 1806.

20 July 2018

Buena Vista

Buena Vista is a little mountain town about eight miles from the hot springs and more like 100 miles from Colorado Springs. It's cute! I haven't visited Buena Vista in quite a while, and to be honest I've never really explored it, so on my way home from the hot springs (see previous posts) I stopped there for breakfast and a quick tour. I discovered the Heritage Museum, clearly the former courthouse and dated 1888, near the old town square.

By the way, though logic tells you the proper Spanish pronunciation in the town's name is bWAYnah, Coloradoans say it bYOOnah. Don't ask me why, that's just how we say it. To be perfectly honest, as a Spanish speaker it makes me cringe to say bYOOnah, but over the years I've finally become fully indoctrinated. 😉

19 July 2018

The hot springs

I was at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort for a couple of days to shoot a wedding on July 7th. It's been over two decades since my last visit there, and I was pleasantly surprised at how far it's come with its amenities. There's even an "upper pool" now, featuring a long water slide. If you look closely at this picture, you can see a guy emerging from it and splashing into the water. I also noticed that they added some cute cabins to their accommodations. I will have to back there again soon, when I don't have to work, and spend a long, relaxing weekend with Pat.

18 July 2018

Kaolinite cliffs in the Chalk Creek valley

No, I'm not a geologist. Kaolinite is fancy new addition to my vocabulary, thanks to Wikipedia. 😉 Last week I posted a couple of nice pictures of Chalk Creek, and I linked to a wiki that mentioned that the creek got its name from the kaolinite cliffs above it. I didn't know what this was when I took these pictures. I just thought it was pretty, and the light was gorgeous.
A closer look. So pretty!

17 July 2018

Into the fire

I blogged the last few images a little bit out of order. Understand that I was slinging four cameras the weekend of the 7th when I was at the hot springs; three cameras in rotation for the wedding I shot, and a creaky old Nikon D300 that I use for the blog and personal snapshots. The pictures I posted last week and yesterday were taken with one of the pro cameras. I'd forgotten about the ones I took with my old beater! So here's a shot I took on the drive there -- if I'd been blogging in proper sequence, this would have been first. Yes, that's a wildfire, just one of the many that have been burning all over the state for the last several weeks. I could see it from miles away, and as I headed westward, it loomed closer and closer. When I reached the junction of highways 24 and 285 I was forbidden to turn north. It's a good thing I was headed south! This was the Weston Pass Fire, I believe, near Fairplay in Park County, and as of the 11th it was mostly under control. We've had a rough fire season and summer is only halfway gone. Please remember to use your ashtrays, friends, and no firecrackers or open fires out there! We don't need any more loss of property, habitat or life!

16 July 2018

Exploring an old gold rush town

As I mentioned in Saturday's post, I had the chance to check out an old gold rush town while I was in the Collegiate Peaks last weekend for a wedding. At one point in Colorado's history, there were many bustling little mining-dependent burgs like this, but most of them went bust in the early part of the 20th century. St. Elmo (elevation 9,961 feet above sea level)  is one of the best preserved of them. Although it's actually inhabited, albeit sparsely, it's considered to be a ghost town. You can find it about thirteen or so miles up the road from the Mount Princeton Hot Springs. These photos were taken near twilight -- I didn't have much time to explore, since I wanted to be back in my hotel room before darkness fell. Pat and I plan to take a day trip soon so he can see St. Elmo for himself and I can get better pictures.

15 July 2018

Sunday Style!

I was in California for a few days for a portrait shoot, and while I was there I did a little fashion editorial on the beach with my dear friend Janet's daughter, R. We went shopping first, and R picked out this cute romper and big hoop earrings. I love it! Great summer outfit, and R looks adorable in  it!