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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Ice Sculptures at Cripple Creek

DSC_9648 Checked out the Cripple Creek Ice Festival for the first time today. It was cold, but worth the hour and a half drive from where I live in Colorado Springs! It runs for two weekends. I’m glad that I went the second weekend because the finished sculptures from last weekend were still there and then you could see the new sculptures being carved. It was very cool to get to see both. There’s cool stuff for the kids too, including a slide made out of ice and an ice maze.

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