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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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30 July 2016

Extremely bad hail storm in Colorado Springs

On Thursday night, Pat and I were at home when a thunderstorm threatened. Our part of the city (just east of downtown) got lots of blustery winds, and certainly we saw lightning and heard thunder, but we got nary a drop of rain. We were the lucky ones. To the north, south and east of us, Colorado Springs got hammered by a violent hailstorm. The hail was tennis ball sized in some areas! My Facebook feed was inundated with laments and photos of the damage today. Cars destroyed, roofs in a sad state, windows broken, gardens flattened. My brother Chuck, who is a claims adjuster for a large auto insurer with offices in Colorado Springs, told me that there had been about 4,000 claims filed by 1:00pm. (My response was "Holy macaroni!", in case you're wondering.) Here are some pictures taken by my friend Dacia, who graciously allowed me share them, and her account of the storm. Thank you Dacia! In her words:

When the storm started I knew it wasn’t good. I’ve never heard such a loud roar interspersed with huge “thunks” against the roof and windows. Hail is a normal occurrence here, but as those big “thunks” grew louder, and coming more rapidly, my heart sank. I was on the phone with my dad and we couldn’t hear each other speak. It felt like the storm would never end! This morning I took a quick drive around the area and realized that I’m lucky my damage isn’t worse. Some people have every south-facing window broken out, dented cars, broken car windows; it’s a mess. Many neighbors were out sweeping up the debris and gathering on the streets to compare damage. My heart went out to a man who was taking photos of his home that has a For Sale sign in the yard. What horrible timing for him! Most of us here have vinyl siding, so the holes in our houses look like our neighborhood was hit with a giant shotgun blast, or we’re some kind of giant Swiss cheese display.

Dacia, I'm sorry you're house was so badly damaged! That's awful! For my local readers, if you have damage to your roof from the storm and need a recommendation for a good roofer, allow me to refer one of my oldest friends, Todd. Here's his website: www.reynoldsroofingsystems.com. When our roof was hard hit by a bad hail storm a couple of years ago, Todd and his crew took great care of us!

29 July 2016

Colorado or bust!

I saw this car the other day on 30th and Fontmore. It had Virginia license plates, so I reckon they drove about 1,600 miles to get here. That's a long haul! Welcome to Colorado, friends! Now you can finally wash your car windows ;^) 

28 July 2016

The witness

I was doing some senior portraits in a park near downtown yesterday, and as I was about to pose my client on a bridge, I noticed a snake in the shallow creek far below us. I quickly snapped off a few frames as it slithered around in the water. The snake actually looked up at me and opened its mouth as I took its picture. It looked like it might have been hissing at me! Any herpetologists out there? What kind of snake is this? Also, in processing the pictures I noticed that it had several large black nodes on its head, around its eyes. You can just barely see them in this picture. I don't think they were a natural part of the snake. Possibly it has snake ticks (yes that's a thing, I gamely googled snake diseases for this blog post and came up with some rather unsavory stuff -- I won't be doing that again, no thank you!), or maybe it has a fungus. Anyway, it was a brief moment of excitement for me and my client, then we got back to portrait-taking. My job is always interesting!

27 July 2016

The way home

One last photo from Sunday's jaunt to the mountains. This was taken on the way home. That mountain you see in the distance is the western flank of Pikes Peak.

26 July 2016


Another image from our mountain drive on Sunday. This is a few miles past Deckers. We always stop in this particular spot to take in the view of the Pike National Forest and the rugged terrain. Normally we continue on from here through a couple of small towns and eventually Evergreen, then Denver, but on this day we got our fill of the beautiful scenery, turned the car around, and drove home. We always enjoy this drive.

25 July 2016

Just another beautiful Sunday in Colorado!

Did you have a nice weekend? We did! Although it can be tricky during wedding season, I try to take Sundays off whenever possible. Pat and I took a drive yesterday afternoon into the mountains to get some fresh air and recharge our batteries. We didn't go far, just a few miles beyond Deckers, but we felt so much better afterward. There were plenty of anglers on (or in!) the South Platte, enjoying the gorgeous scenery and mild weather -- and hopefully catching some trout. It was such a beautiful afternoon, exactly the kind of day you imagine when you think of summer in Colorado.

24 July 2016

Sunday Style!

This is my cute friend Nicy. We've been Facebook friends for years, and finally met in person at the end of June, when we got together for lunch at Rico's. She's even more interesting and fun in real life than she is online! I've been wanting to photograph Nicy for ages, because every time she posts a picture of herself she looks adorable! So of course I seized my chance when we met for lunch, and she was a good sport about it. I think she looks great, dressed for summer in that cute cotton blouse with the fluttery sleeves. I also love her shoes! Nicy, where'd you get those? She tops it all off with an ethnic necklace and a great leather cross-body bag. Looking summery and cool, Nicy!
Sure, her outfit is awesome, but Nicy's smile is definitely her best accessory!