Spartan Tough

spartan race 02I had an awesome time hanging out at Fort Carson for the Spartan Race last week! I had no idea it was going to be so intense. It’s a 4.2 mile course with a variety of obstacles designed to challenge athletes’ strength and endurance. Participants climbed ropes, crawled through the mud and hauled rocks. They had only one chance to complete many of the challenges. If they failed, they had to do 30 burpies. Needless to say, those that finished had good reason to be proud!

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Blood Moon

DSC_0171 (1)I’m so tired… but I could not wait to post a picture of the total lunar eclipse from tonight! It’s called a Blood Moon because of it’s reddish color. I’m not sure yet what the other two objects in the second photo are; I’ll be working to find that out tomorrow… after I get a couple of hours of sleep :)

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They Call It “America’s Mountain”

Downtown Colorado Springs and Pikes PeakColorado Springs sits in the shadow of Pikes Peak. The views from both right outside of downtown and in downtown proper are beautiful.

Around here, Pikes Peak is known as “America’s Mountain” because it was the inspiration behind the words that eventually became the lyrics to America the Beautiful . It is indeed a beautiful mountain, and one of Colorado’s 14ers, that is, mountains with an elevation of over 14,000 feet. Pikes Peak is unique in that you can drive to the top, or take the cog railroad. You can also hike it on the Barr Trail.

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Behind the Art

Cottonwood Art 1 small One great thing about living in Colorado Springs is that it’s a big enough city to support a community of artists like the one at Cottonwood Center of the Arts. One thing my husband has especially enjoyed is the weekly opportunity to draw a live model. The fee is very reasonable, and group sessions are three hours. Plus, it’s an opportunity for him to hang out with other artists :)
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My Favorite Flower: Series of Three

Lilly smallThe Oriental Lilly has always been my favorite flower. I love the smell, colors, shape… everything. These are a couple images that I made while I was playing around with my macro lens. There are three groups of three; one set on a black background and one set on a white and one shot handheld with a slow shutter speed. I’d be curious to hear which set you like better!
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