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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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29 July 2015

I'll be waiting right outside the door

This cute sculpture of a dog waits eternally for his master outside the doors of the Penrose Library downtown. He looks like he wants a treat!

28 July 2015


Captured downtown on Friday, July 24th.

27 July 2015

It's a cruel, cruel summer

The last few days have been just plain hot. Cruel summer indeed. Yesterday afternoon was punctuated by a violent thunderstorm that dumped about a week's worth of water on us in 15 minutes, but an hour later we were all sweltering again. I'm trying to remind myself that 90 days from now things will look like today's photo, taken exactly five months and one day ago, February 26th. I checked the weather forecast and it looks like today is going to be about 90°F (32° C). I know that plenty of my readers live in places that get much hotter, but to us, 90° qualifies as obnoxiously hot! Hopefully we'll get some relief later in the week.

26 July 2015

Sunday Style!

I was doing some senior portraits in Old Colorado City last month when this shopper wandered past. She looked so great, I had to get a picture, especially of those boots! I really like her leather jacket too. I wonder if she was a tourist. Apologies to the many lovely visitors we get here every summer, but I usually don't see tourists dressed quite this well! She was a real standout!

25 July 2015

The Peak Cinema by night

Kimball's Peak Cinema is the only movie theater still operating downtown. For generations you could have your pick of where to catch a movie downtown, but over the years, as giant mega-plexes sprung up in the more suburban areas of the city, all of the older movie theaters closed down, until by the late 1980s only the Peak was left -- and it was hanging by a thread, showing second run flicks for a dollar (I saw "Weekend at Bernie's" there two nights running, it was so affordable! Don't judge. I still think that movie is hilarious.). At some point in the '90s a guy named Kimball bought the Peak, rehabbed it, and made it respectable again. Now the Peak is known for showing the smaller, more arty films, though occasionally they do show a blockbuster. Oh and they serve wine and beer, which is something you'd be hard-pressed to find at any big mega-plex around here. Seeing a movie at the Peak is a treat! As a photographer, I've done many a downtown photo shoot using its iconic sign for a backdrop, but I've never photographed it on its own by night. I really love this beautiful old Art Déco building and its cool neon sign from another era. It's a downtown landmark.

24 July 2015

The Fine Arts Center by night

Our beautiful Fine Arts Center, an Art Déco jewel built in 1936, is photogenic both by day and by night. These photos were taken on Wednesday night around 8:45pm. The photo below of the new wing makes it seem as if the FAC is illuminated by colored lights, when in fact it's actually the varied color temperatures of the many different kinds of lights that are creating the effect. To the eye, the lighting looks white, but in photos (especially long exposures like this), the color temperatures show up as various shades of green, yellow or orange.

23 July 2015

Breakfast for the ladybugs

On Tuesday afternoon I was checking out my vegetable garden when I noticed that aphids had infested my dill plants. For some reason, aphids really like dill. But do you know who really likes aphids? Ladybugs! If you don't want to use chemicals on your garden to get rid of aphids, just go down to your friendly neighborhood garden center and buy some ladybugs! (Note: big box stores like Home Depot don't carry such things. Yes, you'll have to shop the little guy. I got mine at Rick's Garden Center.) The ladybugs will come in a little mesh bag, or perhaps a plastic container. The first thing you should do is put them into the refrigerator, which will make them lethargic. When night falls, put the container at the base of the plants that are plagued by aphids, and open it up well enough for the ladybugs to find their way out.

I took these pictures yesterday morning around 10:00AM. As you can see, the ladybugs were hard at work munching on the aphids. In fact, hardly an aphid was left to be munched upon! Thanks, ladybugs! Problem solved!