From ghost to mining towns, the rich history of Colorado is palpable by letting the soil run through your fingers along the Colorado river.
The wild grass runs deep as you walk along the dusty trail. One eye ever forward, ears pricked up for the sounds of animals rustling. Today however, all that is to be heard are busy bee's pollinating open flowers before winter brings this mutual attraction to an abrupt end.
The open West, home to the lone wolf, both man and beast. One needs to tread lightly and respect the solitude those that live here seek. I move onward to buildings that have been abandoned yet struggle to remain intact given Colorado's unrelenting seasons.
The former main transportation route through the Rocky Mountains is now just a foreboding outline in the sky. I stand beneath the iron slats and hear the whistle of the early 20th century train, carrying persons with dreams of riches in the silver mines, or perhaps just work to put food on the table.
I find a smooth river stone to put in my pocket, and smile with my choice of souvenir remembrance as I find my time along the Colorado river has ended......
The screen door creaked slowly open, then slammed shut with a loud bang behind me. I was the first visitor in the Botanica Gardens butterfly house this morning, and with a camera as my butterfly net, I set out to capture these creatures.
The butterfly house appears empty though as I first enter, and I wonder if perhaps the exhibit has closed, or perhaps I'm here at the wrong time of day.
Upon closer inspection however, you start to find all manner of butterflies strewn throughout this environment. Cautious insects, they seem to watch you for your intent, and once they feel no danger, flocks of butterflies are circling my body.
Playful they are, and watching them flutter to and fro fills an emptiness in my heart, fills it with love.
Found along Interstate 70 in Colorado, Glenwood Canyon's cliff walls grab your eyesight and don't let go.
It's hard to keep focus on the road. With a rainstorm chasing me and blue skies teasing the horizon, I race down the asphalt and let beauty such as this be captured by the girlfriend TP, for all to enjoy again and again.....