My husband and I recently went to Santa Fe for a few days. Unfortunately, we had bad timing because, aside from the first day, the weather was quite blustery. It wasn’t exactly photography friendly, because all I wanted to do was stay inside where it was warm, but here are some of the shots I braved the elements to get.
We found a little square where some vendors had booths and tables set up, including this table full of decorative skulls.
I love the warm glow of these prayer candles from Prayer candles from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
Fun art on the pillars outside of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.
And, last but not least, a shot of the old Spanish mission.
I love it when a photo prompt has so much flexibility for interpretation like Cee’s “Converge” prompt this week. I find it very evocative, and it turns out that it’s a bit of a theme in many of my photos already. Here are three photos for the prompt.
Bamboo sculpture at the Denver Botanic Gardens from their exhibit about three years ago.
Silhouettes at the Balloon Classic.
Glass grinding wheels from the glass engraver’s booth at the Renaissance Festival.
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Tagged balloon classic, bamboo sculpture, Colorado, Colorado Renaissance Festival, Denver Botanic Gardens, macro photography, photography, silhouette
One of the cool things about going to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is the giraffes. There’s a walkway that allows you to get to know the giraffes up close. If you have a few extra dollars, you can even buy some giraffe snacks and hand feed them. It’s a rather unique, and somewhat slimey, experience. I love being able to see the animals that close and it’s also a great opportunity to take some photos at a rare perspective – macro.
Getting so much detail really makes the angular geometry of their coloring pop, not to mention being able to capture the texture of their coat.
One word of caution is that the giraffes are pretty bold about approaching humans in the hope of snacks. If you’re not careful, say you’re distracted by trying to pose so your husband can take a picture, you might get quite a startle when one sneaks up on you and swings his head in close to see if you’ve got any goodies.
This is one of my husband’s all time favorite pictures of me ;)
Check out the other “angular” photos for this week’s daily post photo challenge.
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Tagged animals, cheyenne mountain zoo, Colorado, Colorado Springs, feeding giraffes, giraffe macro photography, giraffes, macro photography, Photo Challenge Fridays, urban wildlife
A year ago, I never would have imagined that I’d be so excited about a car details photo prompt, but that was before I went to the Street Rod Show where I had a blast taking heaps of car photos. Street Rods are great for detail shots. Here are some of my favorite street rod details:
Fun with bokeh.
A detail of a car showing a detail of another car. Very meta.
Nice color pop.
Last, but not least, awesome greyhound hood ornament.
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Tagged car details, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Colorado, macro photography, photography, Street rod macros, Street Rods
On Sunday, my friend Jenny and I went to Old Colorado City and roamed around with our cameras. The sky was overcast in the morning, and it made for some interesting lighting. Since it’s November, there are Christmas lights popping up around town and the overcast sky worked really well to get a couple of shots of strings of lights.
Some of the details along the street were nice subjects to get snaps of.
And, we also found a lovely shop with all kinds of pottery and sculptures. I could probably have spent a whole morning just taking photos there. They had a ton of cool and quirky items.
Then, we topped our field trip off with a stop at La Baguette for lunch. My very favorite there is the linguine. It’s a very simple dish, but seasoned beautifully and served with one of their delicious rolls on the side. If you’re ever in Old Colorado City, I absolutely encourage you to stop at La Baguette. You won’t regret it.
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Tagged Colorado Springs, La Baguette restaurant, macro photography, Old Colorado City, photo walk, Pottery photos, sculpture, urban photography, weekend
I love this week’s Daily Post prompt – Minimalist – because so many of my favorite photos are the simple shots. The first is one that I took years ago during my trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. A dark wrought iron gate against a brightly painted wall. The strong shapes & color made this one of my favorites from that trip.
This past weekend, during my walk around Mantou Springs, it really made me smile when I was able to repeat the motif with another shot of wrought iron against a bright color.
Though the pictures are separated by a number of years, a couple thousand miles, and an international border, they are more alike than different, and I really enjoy the harmony.
Here are a few of the other entries that made me smile:
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Tagged Colorado, Colorado Springs, Daily Post Photo Challenge, isla mujeres, mexico, minimalist photos, Photo Challenge Fridays, photography, sculpture, wrought iron photos
This week, for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, the prompt is all about foliage. She says she’s interested in all kinds of colors, so I thought I’d do a two-fer. Here are two of my favorite leaves.
This past weekend, we spent an afternoon in Manitou Springs. Since my camera accompanied us for the adventure, we spent a lot of time with my husband waiting patiently while I took dozens of photos.
Every time I go to a place with my camera, I feel like a different thing, or collection of thing, catches my eye. One theme of this trip was vibrant colors.
Did you know that non-duck rubber duckies are a thing in Manitou? They are, and they’re delightful. The tricera-duck is my favorite of this batch.
The glassblowers shop is always a good photo spot.
An assortment of shirts in the afternoon sunshine.
Not only was I enthralled by this wind catcher, but the wind actually quieted down enough to get some in-focus shots of it. Lucky!
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Tagged Colorado Springs, glassblowers, macro photography, manitou springs, photo walk, photography, rainbow color photos, rubber duckies, sculpture, weekend