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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 August 2015

Sunday Style!

Last Sunday, Pat and I went for a little drive in the mountains, and when we pulled over to take in a favorite view on Highway 67 we saw this guy and his cool old motorcycle. After listening to Pat chatting with him about the bike, I asked if he'd pose for a picture. That motorcycle was so cool! The man told me that his name was Billy and that he's had the bike since 1978, the year it was built. It's a Triumph 750 Bonneville; he bought it new as a sophomore in college, has been its sole owner all these years, and he's "the only person who has ever turned a wrench on it," to use his words. 1978 was the last year this particular model was manufactured, so that makes it even more cool! Pat and I also really liked Billy's leather jacket. It's covered in a multitude of international flags, as you can see. We thought that was very individualistic! Stylish bike, stylish rider. Thanks for the pictures, Billy!

29 August 2015

Gateway Park

The other day I did a photo shoot at Gateway Park on the far northeast side of town. It's in a newer subdivision that's far from my usual stomping grounds. Gateway is a unique park. The waterfall itself is striking, and it's fronted by a large, shallow reflecting pool girded by an expanse of lush, green lawn and a pavilion up above. I like it for photo shoots because it's dramatic (despite being surrounded by large homes, which I can work around) and it gets great light in the afternoon. Quite a cool backdrop, but it's also just a nice place to hang out, relax and enjoy the sound of rushing water.

28 August 2015

Skywatch Friday

Beautiful St. Mary's Cathedral captured late Sunday afternoon, a day shrouded in smog from a forest fire 1,500 miles away in Oregon. (For more about that, read THIS post from a few days ago.) As you can see, to the west it was gloomy and dark, but to the east we had blue skies. Thankfully the haze lifted a couple of days later.

For more Skywatch Friday pictures from bloggers everywhere, click HERE. Have a great weekend!

27 August 2015

A walk through the Beidleman Environmental Center

Technically I wasn't taking a walk, I was with clients doing engagement portraits last Saturday at Beidleman and it was such a perfect afternoon! The Beidleman Environmental Center is one of those great open spaces that only the immediate neighbors seem to know about, which is nice because it's never crowded as a result. It's always nice and quiet, and I appreciate that! Great place for an easy hike! On our way out, I noticed these gorgeous purple blooms (liatris, maybe?) and snapped a quick picture for you. And below is a bracelet that my clients spotted hanging waist high on a plant just inside the entrance to the park, directly on the path. So hey, if you lost your bracelet at Beidleman, some kind soul picked it up and put it in a spot that's easy to find!

26 August 2015

Tree: 1, Car: 0

I noticed this unfortunate situation on Weber Street near my studio last Saturday (sorry for the bad picture, it was taken from a moving vehicle). It looks like the high winds we were experiencing that day caused a big fat bummer of a disaster for whoever owns this poor Chevy! Talk about bad luck! Looking on the bright side, it's free firewood, right? ;^)

25 August 2015

Custom ride

Talk about custom -- check out this guy's ride! It's an old Cadillac that's been converted to a camper! I'm guessing it's a 1960 Caddy, what do you think? This shot was taken out the car window on C-470, as we made our way home from our mountain jaunt on Sunday afternoon. I have a feeling everyone wants to take a picture of this crazy car whenever it comes into view. I love it!

24 August 2015

Purple haze

"Purple haze" is too poetic. Let's just call this a depressing haze. The last couple of days, we've been cloaked in a terrible fug, the result of a huge forest fire raging in Oregon (yes, that's 1,500 or so miles away). The photo above was taken on Fillmore Street, looking west. You can barely see Pikes Peak. Squint your eyes and look hard -- it's behind that tall pole on the left! Can you find it? The air quality has been so bad, I've had to use my inhaler, which is a rare occurrence indeed. Anything to stop this coughing! All of my asthmatic friends are miserable right now.

Yesterday Pat and I decided to take a drive through the mountains, but there was no escaping the gloomy haze. Even so, it's good to get away and take a drive, even if you can't see the view!

This shot was taken from inside the Garden of the Gods, driving west. Pikes Peak is barely visible on the right side of the frame, behind the darker foothills.

This was taken from a favorite stopping point along Highway 67. Normally the view here is magnificent, but not yesterday. Way too much haze. I enjoyed it anyway!