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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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27 November 2015

International Scout

Do you remember Scouts? They were made by International Harvester in the 1960s and '70s, and had a very blockish, utilitarian look to them. I always wanted a Scout. They're just cool. Seeing this old guy in traffic the other day brought back a fond memory. I had a friend years ago who had a soft top Scout, and a bunch of us took a little road trip in it one fine summer day. I think we were headed to Boulder. The top was down and we had to shout to be heard. I took a picture of my friend Susan as we cruised along -- the sun was shining, she was wearing Ray Bans and the wind was blowing her hair into her smiling face. Susan never likes how she looks in pictures, but she's gorgeous and radiant and happy in that snapshot. I think we all have a moment like that from our youthful days, a real snapshot or maybe just a snapshot in our mind's eye, of a road trip a on perfect golden day with good friends. If you're lucky, you were riding in a cool old Scout.

26 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my U.S. readers, Happy Thanksgiving! This photo was taken on Tuesday night as Pat and I went shopping for today's big meal. Neither of us much likes grocery shopping. In fact Pat usually refuses to do it, but I'm not a fan of it either, so I wait until I absolutely have to. It's a drag, let's face it! But look at the abundance of food in this picture. This is just a small section of the King Soopers where we usually go. It's amazing how much food is crammed into this enormous building. We are lucky to live in a country where this is normal. Pat and I are lucky to have the luxury of hating to go grocery shopping. There are countless people on this earth, in this country, even in this city who wish they could go into King Soopers and buy anything they want. So take a look around you today and make a mental list of the things you're grateful for, both big and small. And let's eat!

25 November 2015


Yesterday I finally felt good enough to venture outside, which basically means that I went to my studio and worked for a couple of hours (I was so happy to be productive!). Afterward, running a quick errand to the Post Office, I captured the rising moon as I sat captive in heavy traffic on Fillmore Street. I'm glad I had a camera with me. It's not the prettiest perspective but the moon sure looked lovely!

24 November 2015

Woodturning arts at the library

I'm sick. Miserably sick. I spent the last two days in bed, so there hasn't been any opportunity - or desire - to go out and take any pictures for the blog. Thankfully I've got a few photos on my hard drive that haven't seen the light of day yet, including these, which I took at the beginning of September at the library downtown. Did you know that the downtown library features exhibitions of local art? (I even showed some photos there, long ago!) These beautiful examples of woodturning caught my eye when I was there to drop off some books. Look how intricate and unique they are! It's plain to see that years of patience and practice go into this centuries-old art form.

23 November 2015

Nonviolence Works

© 2015 William Davis

My friend Bill took this picture a few days ago and posted it on Facebook. He graciously allowed me to post it on the blog today (which is doubly nice because I'm sick and stuck in bed with no chance to go out and take any pictures). I asked him to give me a little background information. In his words:

"I took the photo with my iPhone on Friday, Nov 20, at 12:25 pm, corner of Tejon and Vermijo. I was just walking up Tejon, saw the non-violence group and stopped to talk with them for a moment. Sadly I don't remember any of their names. Apparently they often hold up banners promoting peace and non-violence at various places around downtown. I asked if I could take their photo. My thought was that I might put it on FB, and maybe Instagram, just as a small message of peace in light of the recent shootings here, as well the horrible violence in Paris, etc. Somehow I was especially thinking of the recent shooting that took place not too far from there, which also involved random people just walking down the street or riding a bike. It almost seems as though the town has already forgotten that ever happened."

I agree with the message, Bill. Thanks for sharing this uplifting image!

Edit: It just occurred to me that the people in this picture are part of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, a worthy organization indeed! You can read about them HERE.

22 November 2015

Sunday Style!

I caught these two walking downtown last weekend. I like the simple green shift dress and short boots, and the boho purse goes well with everything (including her hair!). If you're going to wear short boots with a short skirt and bare legs like this, do what she did and choose a boot color that's close to your skin tone -- it'll make your legs look longer and thinner!

21 November 2015

The Cliff House at Pikes Peak

I shot my last wedding of 2015 at this lovely place yesterday. The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, built in 1873, has a fascinating history. It's had several important guests in its time, including Clark Gable and Teddy Roosevelt -- and you can sleep in the suites they stayed in! And did you know that the Cliff House has been the victim of both flood and fire? (In 1921 and 1982, respectively.) I remember the inferno that nearly destroyed it. At some point in college, as an art major I did the obligatory cliché photo series of dilapidated buildings, and the charred Cliff House was one of my subjects. It sat for over a decade in a state of blackened decrepitude, until sometime in the 1990s the owners decided to bring it back to its former glory. It's looking just as gorgeous as ever these days! I did four weddings at the Cliff House this year, and I'm sure next year, as always, I'll be doing several there again (although I'm glad to have the rest of 2015 off from weddings -- I start right up again on January 1st!). It's one of my favorite places to work. You really can't take a bad picture of the Cliff House!