Category Archives: notes on nature

The Naked Life of Trees

Every year I feel a sense of wonder and dread upon the end of summer and the inevitable arrival of winter in Colorado. But what I do really look forward to is hearing the trees’ stories. They have shed most of their ‘outerwear’ and have exposed themselves (and nests!) to whomever will have a look. Like clouds and people, all their branches have individual personalities. I always wonder what they would say if they could speak my language. Since they don’t, I try to listen to theirs…
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Nature as Metaphor

What DO I see in Nature?  Beauty…becoming my metaphor for melancholy.  Not depressing, rather, embracing the fullness of being fully present.

Reservoir Reflection

 


Euphoria at 9,000 feet…

One of my oldest and dearest friends spends her summers at 9 thousand feet, (sort of ) near Guffey, Colorado.  That would be about 2 hours west of Colorado Springs. In one day we had sun, wind, clouds, torrential rain, hail, sleet, snow, cold.

I love this place.  It speaks to me through the clouds, native gramma grasses, the trees that grow so strong at this altitude. In the natural world, the strongest survive here.   Bye for now, friend.


{Birds} Dancing in the Moonlight

The annual sandhill crane migration through Nebraska was calling to me this year (and a phone call from a friend reminding me about it!), so I (with my same friend) headed out to Kearney, Nebraska (from Longmont, CO).  Lo and behold, it was a full moon too.  About a half a million cranes stop over here along the Platte River to rest and restore about 20% of their body weight for their migration north.

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And coincidentally, the NBC News team was there at the same time we were…click here to watch it and hear it.  Thanks to the Rowe Sanctuary for working to preserve this special species and its endangered habitat.


Blackened Earth: Beauty in the Burn

Southern Wyoming also had its share of wildfires this summer…

I went up there a few weeks after the burn to see the land of some friends who almost lost their home to one of the wildfires…adobe walls, a metal roof, rocky landscaping and a LOT of dedicated firefiighters were able to save it!  I didn’t photograph the house, but instead investigated the land surrounding it.


One spring morning

I drove like mad to make it to the sunrise, hah!  That’s impossible, oh right.  So I stopped to take a photo with my iPhone and it simply wouldn’t focus.  Turns out, I like it this way.  This will be utilized for later photo composites…

Moving right along, I liked the way this golden sunrise lit up the grasses…

I then stopped at the St. Vrain Greenway for a brisk walk, checking out the trees especially…everything is about ready to pop with new life. (All photos taken with iPhone 4s)


DISPARATE things, same place

I met a fellow photographer late yesterday at a reclaimed gravel mining operation now turned wetlands.  Interestingly, this wetlands area is right next to a gravel mining plant.  I chose two images to convey this disparity.  They include two of my favorite subject matters: nature study and industry.

Oriole's nest

gravel pile

On reflection, I will note that the land was there first (no kidding!), then it was mined, then it was “reclaimed”, and turned into wetlands.  It is now called “Walden Ponds” (another no kidding!).  Again, Colorado, the land of contrasts.


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