Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A trip to Colorado

Happy Tuesday!  I've been away and and will be tied up with non-crafty things for a few more days so I am just checking in quickly today.  We went to Colorado to visit family and I have a few photos of things that caught my eye to share.

My husband's brother and sister-in-law live outside of Boulder and this is the view from their front lawn.  They have some great beds full of poppies and I'll have some more poppy photos to share in the next week or so.  They are very interesting flowers and we saw them at the peak of the blooming season.

There were some signs in their town that we don't often see in the East - like this bear crossing sign!

If you live in the mountains, there is a constant worry about wildfires.  The danger arrow was in the "extreme" category the entire time we were there.  There were several major fires causing massive property losses not very far away - the worst in Colorado Springs.  Our thoughts and prayers are with any of you that are affected by these terrible fires.

We visited Eldorado Canyon State Park and saw some incredible rock formations.  If you look very carefully you might see a tiny speck on the face of the rock, just above the trees.

Here is a closer view.  There were a number of climbers scaling the face of this formation.  It seems like a crazy thing to do - but then again, they might think it is crazy to cut up paper the way I do!

In Boulder, I kept my eyes open for interesting designs.  The ornamentation on the second floor of this building would be very pretty for making borders and medallions for cards and other projects.  It always pays to keep your eyes open to look for interesting details.

I hope you have been finding some creative time - June is always such a busy month.  Do you have vacation plans for the summer?  Where will you be going?  How many photos do you think you will take? I took 963 photos in five days - now I need to "curate" the images and get that number down to something more manageable.

I think that this is one of the biggest problems with the ease of digital photography - people take far more photos than they used to take with film and then feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of images.  I am planning to share with you my process for working through the photos.  One of the biggest hurdles is learning to delete many of the images.

I am working my way through the email and other messages from the past week.  I try to keep up when I am away but it is also important to enjoy the visit (and limit my "connected" time).  If you have sent me a question or comment, I should be getting through everything later today.  Please don't hesitate to resend your message if you don't hear back from me in the next day or two - things can get lost!

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  1. The pictures are beautiful. I'd love to visit that area someday. Thanks for the photos, and I have to agree that deleting photos is something you have to learn to do. I'll often move pictures to a delete file folder first and then if I don't go back to them after reviewing the rest of the pictures then I'll delete.

    1. Hi di, Thanks for the compliment on my photos. The delete folder" is one of my strategies as well. It somehow makes it easier to be sure that you don't accidentally get rid of something you really wanted to keep. Sometimes I just let them "age" a bit in there before I hit the delete key!

  2. Welcome to our state! I am happy that you were able to capture clear blue skies in light of the many fires burning in the area. The rock formations in the Boulder area are beautiful and a huge draw for rock climbers. Late spring & early summer are a bit of an adventure in Colorado! Between the afternoon thunderstorms, wildfire season and tornado warnings, our Spring weather cannot be considered boring! However, most days are beautiful--like the one you captured. I hope you enjoyed your time in Colorado!

    1. Hi Shellee, It certainly is a beautiful state. It was terrible to hear about the fires and see the destruction on the news. We had a wonderful visit and look forward to our next trip!

  3. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

    My husband, a friend and I went to Disneyworld in April to visit our nephew who was working their on a college internship. Counting our travel days, we were away for 7 days. We took over 1,000 photos. After going through them our final count was 872. We couldn't part with any more. Although I've always taken a lot of photos, I never would have taken this many when I used film. The developing was too costly.

    1. Hi Priscilla,

      That sounds like a great trip! Digital photography has dramatically increased the number (and the quality) of photos we all take. It is hard to cull the less desirable shots but I am training myself to do it. Since the cost of film and developing is no longer an issue I think we all take lots of "insurance" photos to try to get the perfect shot. I am working on deleting all of those "just in case" shots. It is hard to do!


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