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Mystery Rider in the Shadow - 07/31/10 11:04 PM
Mystery Rider in the Shadow On one of my bicycle rides up in the mountains above Boulder this past week I photographed the shadow of the mountain against the rising sun. There is a great contrast that comes out in the photo. I remember thinking how it represents the co-existence of the shadow and the light within us all. A happy and productive life is all about finding balance between the two. The sun raised up above the mountain ridge a short time after I took the photo. It wasn’t too long after that before I was on the dirt (7 comments)
Boulder Colorado Sunrise Bike Ride - 07/29/10 12:46 AM
Boulder Colorado Sunrise Bike Ride Boulder Colorado is one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the country. There are bike paths and bike lanes going in nearly every direction all over town. Just about everywhere you go you’ll people of all ages on bikes. One of my favorite rides is to go north on hwy 36 in the very early morning. I like to leave early because it’s super quiet and there is very little traffic. As an added bonus I frequently enjoy the morning sunrise. This morning the Boulder Colorado Sunrise was spectacular. I stopped a few miles (9 comments)
Boulder Recreational Center Yoga Class - 07/27/10 09:29 PM
Boulder Recreational Center Yoga Class I had an interesting experience in yoga class this morning at the North Boulder Recreational Center. The instructor, Ravi Dykema, who is a extraordinarily gifted yoga teacher, led the class as one continuous, harmonious flow. It was wonderful, even blissful at times. I completely lost track of time and felt myself immersed in a joyous sensation of being in the moment. At one point Ravi described how Yoga is about sensing into the body to become aware of where we are contracting and then to relax the contraction. His explanation was simple yet profound. Our (4 comments)
Don’t Fall Down, Fall Forward - 07/27/10 09:02 PM
Don’t Fall Down, Fall Forward "People fall forward to success." — Mary Kay Ash Often the concept of success is a matter of perspective, which can be influenced by attitude. Of course, we are all familiar with the regular measures of success—money, material goods, etc.—but we can’ t take any of those things with us. Real success is about finding balance and happiness in life. Life presents us with a great many obstacles to experiencing those things. The attitude that we maintain will determine if we fall down when we face the obstacles or we fall forward.
Greener Pastures - 07/26/10 10:01 PM
Greener Pastures A road less traveled can sometimes lead to greener pastures. When we venture onto a new path or approach things in a way less common we open ourselves to new experiences. And new experiences can lead to new opportunities. Yesterday I bicycled up in the mountains above Boulder. I followed the paved road above Jamestown until it became dirt. Most cyclist turn around at that point and go back down the mountain. I continued on and found some extraordinary views. The dirt road went for a couple of miles before leading me to a paved road called the (5 comments)
I saw this video yesterday and it really stirred me--I love it. Over the last month or so I’ve re-discovered how much I enjoy dancing. It’s a blast to just move your body to the music and let go of stuffy inhibitions. Try it and you’ll see what I mean. Start the video and turn up the volume. Stand up and dance a jig. Go ahead and check it out. Nobody is going to see you and even if they who cares. I’ll bet you can’t do it without smiling. Enjoy, in joy….Let’s dance
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Let There Be Light - 07/25/10 08:44 PM
Let There Be Light I stopped frequently on my bicycle ride today to take photographs. Usually I’ll stop for something specific like a rock formation or a flower. After I take the photograph which I stopped for I always look around and see if anything else catches my eye. On one of my stops today I was in shade under a large tree. The wind was blowing so the sun was sort of bobbing in and out between the branches. I noticed the changing light patterns and decided to try photographing it.
Rocky Mountain Clouds - 07/24/10 09:10 PM
Rocky Mountain Clouds The photos below were taken during a trip to Steamboat Springs Colorado about a month ago. The white cumulus clouds seemed to be rolling across the sky like cookie dough. I love the mysterious ever-changing patterns of clouds. One moment there is a horse and the next there is a tree…seconds later there may be a face before blending once again into nothingness. Such are the days of our lives…we come, we dance across the sky of life before blending once again from whence we came.
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Rocky Mountain Bicycle Ride - 07/22/10 08:30 PM
Rocky Mountain Bicycle Ride Except for a near accident mentioned in my previous post titled 10 Seconds of Grace, I had an awesome Rocky Mountain Bicycle Ride this morning. I was out the door at 5:30 am with the intention of riding to Jamestown. I took Lee Hill Drive over the summit and dropped down to Left Hand Canyon Drive which took me to James Canyon Drive. It was not a long distance, only about 12 miles, but the hills were intense. The top of the summit on Lee Hill Drive is about 7,000 feet. I arrived in Jamestown a few (9 comments)
10 Seconds of Grace - 07/22/10 07:12 PM
10 Seconds of Grace I had a very close call during a bicycle ride this morning. I was cycling over Lee Hill Road above Boulder on my way to Jamestown. After crossing over the summit at just over 7,000 feet I was traveling at about 30 mph downhill toward Left Hand Canyon. As I was going down the hill my intuition told me to be extra careful and slow down. The hill was super steep. So even though I could have gone much faster I began tapping my brakes and slowed down to about 20 mph. Looking ahead I saw (12 comments)
Rocky Mountain Flowers - 07/20/10 07:12 PM
Rocky Mountain Flowers I was up for a drive in the mountains a few days ago and stopped to photograph some mountain flowers. I’m not sure of the elevation but I believe it was just over 6,000 feet. I had never recognized any of the three flowers shown here before. There is something mysterious about not knowing what kind of flowers they are. It feels like total surrender to their beauty. Or then again, maybe I am just making excuses for my ignorance. Either way, they are quite beautiful nonetheless. The mystery of the unknown prevails.
Not All Plateaus Are Flat - 07/20/10 06:09 PM
Not All Plateaus Are Flat Sunday I went for a drive up in the mountains to scout new bicycle routes. As I was coming back down Hwy. 7 into Lyons I noticed this giant plateau rising up on the hill in a distance. It was huge but what really struck me was the angle that it sits on. And of course, it has meaning to me. Life is full of great plateaus. Most of them are predictably flat offering a refuge of rest and stability. And then every once in a while we encounter one that challenges our every step. The (5 comments)
White Lilly - 07/18/10 03:18 PM
White Lilly The flower arrangement at church this morning was really beautiful. One flower in particular caught my eye. I believe it is a Lilly but with my mistakes on naming flowers lately it wouldn’t surprise me if it was something else. I love the close up detail. I believe the dust-like particles are pollen. There were a couple of other exceptional flowers in the arrangement too. Perhaps I’ll post them on another day.
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Yellow Fellow - 07/17/10 04:27 PM
Yellow Fellow Yellow is one of my favorite colors…especially in nature. It represents so many things including light, warmth, clarity, etc. Yellow flowers are among my favorite. The flower below was photographed in the flower garden at Columbine Unity Church. The human eye acts like a band-pass filter in the visual spectrum and yellow is detected stronger than any other color, even red. That is why some fire engines are painted yellow. That fact wasn’t known, however, until well after the social and cultural trend of red fire trucks was firmly in place.
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A Tree Stump Can Be a Work of Art - 07/16/10 08:05 PM
A Tree Stump Can Be a Work of Art My early morning bike ride today took me north on highway 36 to Niwot road. From there I went east to 95th St. and then south to Valmont before heading back into Boulder. I rode a total of 23 miles with an average speed of 15.3 mph. When I passed through Niwot I noticed the wooden sculpture was unveiled. The sculpture is carved directly in the wood of a large tree trunk. There are actually two sculptures on two different tree trunks, but it was so early the light was only bright (10 comments)
Shadow and Light - 07/13/10 08:40 PM
Shadow and Light The picture below was taken on the altar at Columbine Unity Church in Boulder Colorado. Behind the altar there is a large wall of glass with a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. I took the photo this past Sunday just before the early morning service. I was struck by the contrast of the beautiful flower arrangement and the background. The light from the window caused the flowers to form a silhouette against the mountains. The result, I believe is one of those classic photos that you probably couldn’t make if you tried. The message that occurred to (11 comments)
Flower Power Galore - 07/13/10 06:29 PM
Flower Power Galore This flower arrangement graced the table in the lobby of Columbine Unity Church in Boulder Colorado last Sunday. The variety of shapes and colors are spectacular. The photos are nice but they really don’t do justice to what the arrangement looked like. I’m glad I had my camera with me. After missing a couple of good shots over the past couple of months I take my camera with me almost everywhere I go.
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Yellow Mums - 07/12/10 05:50 PM
Yellow Mums Chrysanthemums, commonly known as Mums for short, are a beautiful and colorful flower. The plants grow about 2-3 feet high and produce a flower dense with petals. I bought these yesterday and took them to an elderly friend. Her face lit up as bright as the color of the flower when she saw them. Flowers are such a simple and wonderful gift sure to brighten almost any day. Mums are especially nice because of the bright colors and because they will hold their fresh bright look for quite a while in a vase of water.
Boulder Colorado Sunrise Bike Ride - 07/11/10 07:41 PM
Boulder Colorado Sunrise Bike Ride I started my ride at 5am this morning. I did a route I am now calling the Lyons Loop. From Boulder I went north on hwy. 36 to Lyons and then looped around to 75th st and back down to Boulder. The ride is just over 32 miles and I finished in two hours and nine minutes with an average speed of 15.3 mph. It was one of my best rides yet. I made it back home in plenty of time to make the early service at Columbine Unity Church. I took a couple (5 comments)
Pure Iris - 07/09/10 08:27 PM
Pure Iris I have this thing with flower close-ups. I love photographing the inner beauty at the heart of the flower. I always see Mother Nature smiling at me. Sometimes I can almost hear them speaking to me. The shots below were taken of flower in a vase in the lobby of Columbine Unity Church in Boulder. I dropped by yesterday for a chat with the minister and noticed the flowers were calling out to me as I walked by. I’m now in the habit carrying my camera with me almost everywhere I go so snapped a few shots. The (7 comments)
Boulder Colorado Early Morning Bike Ride - 07/09/10 06:10 PM
Boulder Colorado Early Morning Bike Ride I was on my bike shortly before 6am this morning. I decided to take a different route so I headed north on Hwy. 36. When I got to Lyons I took Hwy. 66 east to 75th St. I took 75th south back to Valmont and then back to my apartment. The whole ride was just over 32 miles and took me a little over two hours. I averaged just over 15 mph for the ride which is consistent with my recent rides over the past week or so. The scenery was incredible. I especially enjoyed (6 comments)
Boulder Pearl Street Mall Red Flowers - 07/07/10 09:46 PM
Boulder Pearl Street Mall Red Flowers The tulips are now all gone in Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. Another flower has replaced it but I don’t know what kind it is. I guess I am not much of a flower person when it comes to names because I can’t seem to name very many. But I love to photograph them, especially up close. These flowers are now planted all along the south side of the mall.
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Boulder Colorado River Rock Art Returns - 07/06/10 07:46 PM
Boulder Colorado River Rock Art Returns Late yesterday I was walking along Boulder Creek at Eben Park and came on a fresh stand of river rock art. The artist was there just finishing up for the day. Unfortunately, there was not enough light to photograph so I went back this morning and took a bunch of shots. This collection is probably his best yet. Some of the rocks seem to defy gravity. The stand looks like a small city—almost surreal. It is interesting how the art arises out of the waters and then gradually returns as entropy takes over. In the (3 comments)
Boulder Colorado Fireworks in the Rain - 07/05/10 07:01 PM
Boulder Colorado Fireworks in the Rain Last night I attended the fireworks celebration at Folsom Field in Boulder. Just before the show was supposed to begin it started raining. The rain continued to fall pretty hard over the next hour or so. Not only was it raining but it was quite cool. Many people left because of the rain and many others didn’t even bother to come. The crowd was well below the 25,000 that were expected. But the show must go on—rain or shine. While most of the festivities were canceled the Colors were presented and the fireworks commenced (8 comments)
Boulder Colorado Rainbow - 07/05/10 06:12 PM
Boulder Colorado Rainbow A few days ago I noticed it was raining outside while the sun was shining. I quickly ran to look out the east window and saw a spectacular rainbow with brilliant colors near the horizon looking east of Boulder. My first inclination was to jump in the car and drive to a location where I could see the entire rainbow. Then I realized I may only have a few moments before it disappeared. I grabbed my camera and ran out to take a few photos. Unfortunately, at ground level the trees prevented me from seeing the base of (3 comments)
Boulder Colorado Fourth of July Celebration at Folsom Field - 07/03/10 02:55 PM
Boulder Colorado Fourth of July Celebration at Folsom Stadium Tomorrow night at Folsom Stadium on the campus of Colorado University is Boulder’s spectacular fireworks celebration. The gates will open at 8pm and the program starts at 8:30. The photo below shows downtown Boulder in the center and Folsom Field on the right.
A variety of activities are planned including community performances, and a traditional crowd sing-a-long. The Color Guard will perform just before the fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. The theme of this year’s celebration is, ‘Tribute to America.’ The show is designed to honor our country’s (9 comments)
Boulder Colorado Morning Mountain Views - 07/02/10 09:06 PM
Boulder Colorado Morning Mountain Views My bicycle route this morning was north on Hwy. 36 to Neva/Niwot road and then east to 95th Ave. From there I went south to Valmont and West back into Boulder. The loop is about 25.5 miles and currently takes me about an hour and 40 minutes to complete. Today I decided to take my camera with me. As I was heading south on 95th I got some great shots of the early morning sun on the Front Range. There were some balloons lifting off from Boulder Airport which looked great with the mountain backdrop.
Boulder Colorado Sunrise - 07/02/10 08:26 PM
Boulder Colorado Sunrise I dusted off my bicycle this past week and have enjoyed some early morning rides around Boulder. This morning I was on the road by 5:30 am but a little late to catch the crack of dawn. Even still, I enjoyed a spectacular light show just north of Boulder along Highway 36. The sun was obscured by an array of clouds scattering the light creating both contrast and color. So a mere 10 minutes or so into the ride I pulled over and took these photos.
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