01 November 2014
Today's the first of the month, which means it's Theme Day for City Daily Photo bloggers! This month's theme is landmark. Here's a highly recognizable rock formation on the north side of our city, visible from Interstate 25: Pulpit Rock. If you look really closely, you can see a person standing atop it on the far left side. It must be quite a hike, but the view from up there would be worth the effort!
For more pictures of landmarks from CDP bloggers all over planet earth, click HERE. And on another note entirely: if you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I sometimes like to post pictures of stylish or sartorially expressive people I see on the street. I recently decided it might be fun to do a Fashion Week on my blog, and post one stylish person per day for seven days. I originally wanted to start my Fashion Week with today's post, but realized that it was Theme Day, so I am starting it tomorrow (Sunday). Make sure to check back each day over the next week to see some very stylish Colorado Springs residents!
31 October 2014
I know that a lot of countries don't celebrate Halloween at all, and some countries sort of celebrate Halloween a little bit, but here in the good ol' USA, we love Halloween! We go crazy for it! The kids love dressing up in costumes, but so do the adults -- it's so much fun! I have many friends who make a big deal of it every year and have annual Halloween parties. Lots of folks also enjoy decorating their homes and yards in "haunted house" fashion. This year I found about four or five houses all on the same block of N. Tejon Street (just south of Caramillo) in the Old North End that were really scary! Obviously a lot of effort went into all this Halloween craziness, but it looks great and I'm sure all the little kiddos in the neighborhood get a big kick out of trick or treating on this block. It doesn't hurt that these homes are all over 100 years old -- it certainly adds to the "haunted house" vibe. I took plenty of pictures of all of them, so please enjoy these while you daydream about bags full of candy. Happy Halloween!
I'll leave you with this image of a cyclist who paused in the middle of his ride to take a few pictures. Everyone loves Halloween!
30 October 2014
I have a wedding to shoot in Evergreen in a couple of weeks, and since I've never been there (only driven past it on the way to somewhere else), Pat and I decided to go and check it out yesterday. Evergreen, with only about 9,000 residents, is about 30 miles west of Denver. Very pretty place! Alas, I think Evergreen's main claim to fame, at least in my memory, is that it was the home of John Hinckley, Jr., the man who shot President Reagan in 1981 to get actress Jodie Foster's attention. It has a lot more to recommend it than that regrettable incident, however. Just spending an afternoon there, we could see that it's a really nice place to live.
We spent most of our time in Evergreen investigating the various locations where the wedding and reception are going to take place, and as we were scoping out Evergreen Lake, I got a shot of this fly-fisherman mid-cast. It was a great day for fishing. I hope he caught a big one!
29 October 2014
I harvested these lovely onions just a couple of days ago. Our unseasonably warm fall has extended the growing season, which is great because I got kind of a late start on my garden this spring! My tomato plants are still going strong. Just yesterday we finally hit below freezing temperatures in the dead of the night. I covered up the tomatoes, and since the rest of this week is supposed to be fairly warm, I hope to get just a few more tasty fruits from them before Old Man Winter rears his ugly head.
And on a more personal note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my big brother Chuck! We love you!
28 October 2014
If you're not from the U.S., you might not be familiar with the phrase "Miller time". It comes from a long-running series of TV commercials for Miller beer in the 1970s, in which the end of the work day was celebrated by having a beer with your buddies. The commercials always featured men doing EXTREMELY MANLY jobs (like putting out four-alarm fires, for instance), while a gravelly voiced gentleman delivered the narration with an extra helping of gravitas; then came the familiar jingle: "If you've got the time, we've got the beer: Miller beer." I still remember those commercials! I guess you can call it a successful advertising campaign, because eventually "Miller time" became part of our lexicon.
I was hanging out with my friend Jennifer one day last week, shopping downtown, and just after 5:00pm this phalanx of office workers strode purposefully past us, heading for the parking garage on Cascade. Collectively, they definitely put out a "get me the heck out of here" vibe. It was Miller time!