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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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26 March 2017

Sunday Style!

Here's my friend Sarah with her cute dog Beowulf. (Does the word "cute" still apply when the dog is over 100 pounds? I think so!) I've always liked Sarah's funky, boho style so I asked her to pose for me. We did these pictures a few days ago in Old Colorado City. This outfit is a perfect representation of Sarah's look: yoga/chic/comfy/edgy/artsy. I love her mop of curly hair -- she never tries to force it into submission and it always looks great (work with your assets, not against them!). And of course Beowulf looks fantastic too, just like his mom :) Thanks for the pictures, Sarah!

25 March 2017

Big bird

Last Sunday, Pat and I went for a walk in Monument Valley Park. The sun had already dipped below the mountains, so it was nearly twilight but still very warm. As we were walking we came across this enormous hawk sitting on the chain link fence above the creek. He watched us while we watched him. I wasn't exactly toting a wildlife-worthy lens, but he let us get close enough to grab a few decent pictures. He was huge! Eventually he took wing and drifted down toward the water. As we walked on, Pat spotted him again, this time on the bank of the creek. I couldn't figure out what he was doing down there -- to me it looked like he was wrestling with a big stick -- but Pat correctly guessed that he was eating a snake. A SNAKE. Yikes! Well I certainly wasn't expecting to see a huge bird murdering a huge snake when I told Pat I wanted to go for a walk. I have to say, anything that willingly eats a live snake has got my respect!
If you look closely, you can see that he's got a big snake pinned under his foot.
Yup, definitely a snake! (P.S. It seems awfully early in the year for snakes. I guess the warm weather lured this one out prematurely.)

24 March 2017

Wind, rain, snow

Fitful spring weather today includes gloomy, grey skies and extremely high winds that have been plaguing us since last night. It's hard to sleep when it feels like your house is going to blow down! Thankfully it'll be nice and sunny again tomorrow.

23 March 2017

A good day to drive the convertible

They're predicting 70°F (21°C) and lots of sunshine this afternoon. You'd better take your garage queen for a spin today, because tomorrow is supposed to be cold, rainy and even snowy. Finicky Colorado weather, as usual!

22 March 2017

A sign of the times

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner has a local office on the corner of Colorado Avenue and Tejon, which is why you'll find protesters almost daily on that corner since the presidential inauguration. I captured this lady on March 16th. From this picture it looks like she was the only protester, but in fact there were many, and they are quite indefatigable in their pursuit. Healthcare is just one of the myriad topics they demonstrate about, and every time I pass this through this intersection during the week, I see more protesters. A sign of the times, indeed.

21 March 2017

Burning down the house

This is one of my favorite little buildings in Colorado Springs. I could have sworn that I blogged a picture of it in better days, but if I did, I can't find the post. You can find this tiny old building on the far west side on Colorado Avenue, just before you go through the arch to enter Manitou Springs. Unfortunately it mysteriously caught fire a couple of weeks ago, and as you can see, it's pretty much destroyed. I'm sad! I'm sure it's been there since at least the 1930s. I don't know if it's been in use lately (it seems to have had a number of different commercial tenants over the last few years, none of them staying for long). I wonder what caused the fire. I'm sure this little building is too mall and insignificant for its owner to think about restoring. It'll probably just be razed. Sad face :^(

20 March 2017

The candy season

We stopped in to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory a few days ago to pick up a little treat. They were in full swing in there, getting ready for Easter. These colorful candied apples caught my eye in the window. Other than chocolate I've never been much of a candy eater, and that includes caramel, so I've probably only eaten two or three candied apples in my entire life. But these look delicious! I was tempted!

P.S. This post comes very late in the day. Today has been extremely hectic to say the least. Thanks for your patience, dear readers!