St. Peters’ Tree

I found this lifeless tree perched on top of the stony mass atop the St. Peters Dome formation located near Colorado Springs, Colorado. This St. Peters’ tree is a ghostly eerie sight perched at the top after the precarious nature of the hike up. The two complement each other well. I hope it remains a the top of…

Yucca Husk

I found this dried up Yucca husk of the beautiful Yucca Flower on a trail in Colorado Springs. I find that the husks have a certain amount of beauty to them. The Yucca plant was one of the most versatile plants to the Native Americans who called the southwestern U.S. home. They used it to…

Desert Penstemon

This is a delicate Desert Penstemon flower I found while out on the trail in the Indian Peak Wilderness in Colorado. Outside of Colorado, not too many people have heard of the Indian Peak Wilderness which borders Rocky Mountain National Park to the South. It is full of amazing and remote trails just like its…

Rolling Hills of New Zealand

The sun sets on the rolling hills of New Zealand. It is scenes like this one that causes Jennifer and I to reminisce upon this countries landscape in almost a mythical way. It’s amazing that so much wonder is packed into such a small landmass. From the rolling hills and the contrast of the barren…

A Crown Fit for a King

This gorgeous cluster of flowers is known as a King’s Crown. I love the way the tops of the green leaves curve over sheltering the crown of red blooms. A colorful crown fit for a king.

New Direction

Sorry for being absent last week with no warning or explanation. I caught the flu while on a business trip and it put me down for the week. I hope you all are able to avoid that experience this year. It has been several years since I’ve had the influenza virus and I can tell…

Upper Ice Lake Basin

One of my favorite Colorado hikes of all time is still our trek to Ice Lake Basin. I highly recommend our Ice Lake Basin trail guide for planning your next visit here. The views were just absolutely stunning along the entire trail, along with the fun animals and flowers we saw along on the way. Upper Ice…

Corn Lily Bloom

I personally think Corn Lily leaves are really beautiful, but they are just large green leaves so they don’t add a lot of color to the world. The Corn Lily bloom of white flowers that grow on large central stocks are rather bland as well. I’ve spent many days on the trail walking past these…

Taupo Water Lily

I found this stunning water lily in a pond near the shore of Lake Taupo in the town of Taupo, New Zealand. I love the way that the white petals of the water lily pop against the dark green lily pad leaves and cold black water. These large flowers provide a smorgasbord of nectar for…

Blustery Winter

For many in the United States today is a blustery winter day, so I thought this was an appropriate photo. Here in Colorado it has been a fairly mild winter so far. The ski resorts have snow, but the base isn’t what it normally is. I for one hope the cold weather sticks around and that…

Sun Setting Arch

Since we don’t do weekend posts, this will be my last post of 2017—the sun setting post as it were. I took this image as the sun set behind us at the Delicate Arch formation in Arches National Park. This is one of my favorite vistas on the planet. The way the red rock catches the light…