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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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22 March 2018

Blue Lady

This beautiful old Victorian home sits at the convergence of Ramona Avenue, Tejon Street, and Cheyenne Boulevard where it converts from Cascade Avenue, a very busy (and no doubt confusing for some) intersection. It's at the edge of Ivywild which, as you know, is a neighborhood that I'm quite fond of. About five years ago my dear friend Rhonda was renting it, and once she let me have the run of the place for a photo shoot. It's quite beautiful on the inside as well. All the old woodwork is intact. Rhonda told me that long ago it was a whorehouse. I don't know if that's true, but I can tell you that the bedrooms have doorbells! Hmmmm! My nosy internet sleuthing tells me that it was built in 1889, and as you can see, even though it's a rental property on a very busy corner, the owner takes good care of it. For me it's a landmark home; it's always been there for as long as I can remember, and I hope it lives on forever.

21 March 2018

Bumper sticker du jour

Spotted this funny one on the back window of a Subaru station wagon. It may not be fast, but it'll get you there eventually.

20 March 2018

Miramont Castle

I was in Manitou over the weekend, and while I was there I took a spin by Miramont Castle just for fun. I haven't been there in years. Miramont Castle has an interesting back story:  it was built in 1895-96 by a Roman Catholic priest, Father Jean Baptiste Francolon, as a private residence. It incorporates an odd assortment of architectural styles. Francolon lived in it, along with his mother, for about three years, selling the property to the Sisters of Mercy in 1899. (Why would you build such a huge and impressive home, only to leave after three short years?) The Sisters operated a sanitarium in the castle from 1904 to 1928. In the 1940s, the place was sold and converted into apartments; after that, over time, as you can imagine, it became more and more run down and neglected. Finally, in the mid-1970s it was purchased by the Manitou Historical Society and was restored to its former glory.

It's been a long time since I've been inside (it was closed when I stopped by there late Saturday afternoon), but I have photographed a couple of weddings at Miramont Castle in the past and it I recall it as being pleasantly creepy. This shouldn't surprise anyone, since: 1) it's Victorian, and 2) it was a sanitarium run and inhabited by nuns -- the imagination runs wild! It has a reputation for being haunted. Is it? I suppose you'll have to go there some day and find out for yourself. But haunted or not, Miramont Castle a local treasure, and I think it's interesting and beautiful. Visit their website HERE for more info.

The placard that sits in front of the castle explains its history.

19 March 2018

The Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun

I have lived here practically my entire life, and I've never been to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. This is a disgrace. Thankfully I had a chance to remedy that situation on Saturday, when some clients asked me to do engagement portraits there. I was very excited about this! Unfortunately, when we got to the Shrine, there was an attendant on hand who forbade me from taking any kind of portraits or professional photos, so my clients and I had to put our heads together and come up with another location -- but not before I grabbed a few snapshots for the blog!

Five stories high and completed in 1937, the Will Rogers Shrine was built by Spencer Penrose. Not only did he build it, he's actually entombed there with his wife Julie, along with two other close friends. So it's not just a shrine, it's a mausoleum. I didn't know that. I also didn't know that it contains a chapel, several pieces of renaissance art and furnishings, and a handful of historic murals depicting the history of the city and region. And of course a large part of the Shrine is dedicated to the life history of Will Rogers, who died during the construction of it. His sudden demise inspired Penrose, a close friend, to christen the tower in his memory.

Anyway, since I was on duty and had important pictures to take elsewhere, I couldn't hang around and check it out; we were only there for a few minutes. I'll have to go back to the Will Rogers Shrine another day and take my time exploring it. Meanwhile, you can find more history about it on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo website HERE.

Mr. Penrose himself. He's the man who built the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Broadmoor, among other notable things in our city.
Here's a look at it from the zoo parking lot. By the way, the view of the city from the Shrine is stupendous.

18 March 2018

Sunday Style!

Today and the next couple of Sundays I'll be posting fashions from the Women's Resource Agency, whose mission is "to empower women and girls to attain and maintain self-sufficiency and economic independence. At WRA, women and teen girls find the support, training and resources they need to seek employment and to become economically self-sufficient." It's a wonderful organization! My best friend's sister, Paula, volunteers for WRA as an image consultant (you may remember Paula from THIS Sunday Style post). It's her job to assist in putting together professional looking outfits to help launch or further their clients' careers. After being referred by another agency and attending an orientation class about job searching, WRA clients receive a free outfit for job interviews and, once they get a job, they are entitled to four more outfits at no cost over the course of a year. All of the clothes and accessories are donated, and Paula has a wonderful gift for creating great ensembles out of disparate pieces. Consider this business casual look modeled by Mashayla, a grad student who is interning at WRA. I love the cropped jacket and red pumps! And that necklace is vintage. Everything you see here was donated, and their stock changes constantly.

Stay tuned for another WRA Sunday Style post next week! And if you're interested in volunteering or you have some gently used clothing that you'd like to donate, please contact these wonderful people via their website HERE.

17 March 2018

Stairway to...

There are two or three short flights of stone stairs like this in Palmer Park. I've always been intrigued by them. They must be quite old and they seem to lead to nowhere, just brush and undergrowth. I wonder what their history is.

16 March 2018


Another photo from Biedleman. This was strictly a location scouting kind of shot, I wasn't intending to use it on the blog. But since I didn't really get outside today, I didn't get a picture for you, so this is what you get!