While passing thru the state of Colorado, we happened upon the beautiful mountain city of Aspen, where the rich and famous congregate to ski, sip tea and escape life. Nestled in this beautiful community is a park known as the John Denver sanctuary. It is an incredibly serene and peaceful place intended for folks to pause and absorb the more simple things that life has to offer.
This past year I've been fortunate to be able to do some traveling. Those of you who have been around here for a while know I enjoy travel probably more than anything. I love to explore and visit new places and see new and different things. For a week in September, my wife and I visited Colorado. Denver was our home base, and we branched out from there, putting 3,300 miles on a rental car that week. We traversed the state from end to end, including visiting Wyoming (paid our respects to Matthew Shepherd at the University of Wyoming), and down to Four Corners where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona come together. Over the course of the next few days / weeks, I'll share some of my photos with you.
Let's start with some photos I shot in the abandoned ghost town of St. Elmo, Colorado. This was the first time I've been to CO - the mountains, prairie and scenery in general is just breathtaking. In these frames you can see the bright yellow aspen trees already showing their beautiful autumn colors.
Through several grants from the federal and state government, the entire town and all the buildings are being meticulously restored to their original condition by preservation contractors. We had the opportunity to talk to one of them and get a behind the scenes glimpse at what they are doing and the steps required to accomplish their mission. No photos were permitted, however let me tell you these guys are doing amazing things to keep our history in tact.
Finally, there's just something about standing on a plateau at 10,000 feet in elevation and looking up at the mountain peaks above you. Our country is a beautiful place. I suggest if you're able to, get out there and do some exploring.
As many of you who've been around the forums for a while know, I have a love of photography and actually find beauty in decay and ruin. I try to steer clear of portraits and people, and if I do photograph someone, I do my best to catch them in a candid moment which I find most appealing.
Anyway a few years back I invested a small chunk of $$ in a Nikon D series DSLR and have accumulated thousands of photos along my way.
I'll share some in the forum over the next few weeks. Here's a teaser. I shot this while on holiday with my wife in Colorado this past September.