Home Across the Valley

Cozy-looking homes, whether a house on a farm, a downtown apartment, or a brick hideout in the mountains, always inspire hope for having a home of my own one day.

And this home overlooking a valley and an exceptionally gorgeous rock formation is no exception!

Heading down the highway through the mountains of Colorado, you’re guaranteed to see not only some gorgeous scenery, but some comfy-looking homes!

Let’s keep our eyes open for what inspires us, both visually and in regards to our life goals.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Texture detail photography

Textured Boulders

Balcony on Red

Old Colorado City is definitely different from Center City in Philadelphia.  There are plenty of gorgeous and dated buildings in both places, but shooting is definitely different.

The crowds of Philadelphia gave me a sense of security that isn’t around here.  In Center City, there are people everywhere, but always on the move.  People aren’t really going to pay attention to you, but you get the sense of ‘safety in numbers’ without actually having to be with someone.

Here, there’s not that many people around.  Photographing in public is a lot more nerve-wracking when, instead of sharing a street with dozens headed in different directions, you have a single stranger headed your way.

Shooting without the sense of ‘safety in numbers’ is something I’ll have to get used to…

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Urban photography of a music hall's back alley entrance
Hospital Alleyway

Balcony in Chinatown

Chinatown Balcony

This beautiful balcony sits above a hair salon in Chinatown, Philadelphia.

Red and gold play off each other beautifully, especially when different materials are involved like the metal and brickwork.

Let’s keep our eyes open during our travels, whether around our own neighborhood or someplace new.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Chinatown Poster Red Brick

Red Alley

Chinatown PosterChinatown Alley

Alleys definitely have their own unique beauty.  There is so much texture to admire, as well as patterns, especially if there’s brickwork or a fire escape.

Whether we’re walking along the city’s main street or wandering the side roads, let’s keep our eyes open to the unique beauty around us.  There are plenty of views to admire during our travels.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Chinatown Restaurant Joy Tsin Lau Hospital Alleyway

Boarded Up Farmhouse

Boarded Up Farmhouse

Everything crumbles in time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still retain beauty.

The outer layer of this old farmhouse has long been falling away, exposing the beautiful stonework beneath.  There’s a calm fascination with admiring what used to be a piece of someones’ lives.  If only the windows weren’t boarded up. I bet it’s just as beautiful on the inside.

Let’s keep our eyes open for remnants of the past.

What kinds of abandoned buildings do you most like to see?  Factories, farms, homes?  Hospitals are definitely a popular subject!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Decay Antique books look like nature

Brick Alley

Brick Alley

This beautiful alley in Center City, Philadelphia always captures my attention, especially around sunset.

I’ve been trying to get better at properly exposing both the foreground and background in my photography, especially when the sky is involved.  This shot is a blend of two exposures to get more blue out of the sky.

Time for more practice.

Whatever we’re up to, let’s keep pushing forward!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Red Brick Dome Sunset

Red Brick White Wood

Red Brick

This home in Center City, Philadelphia always stands out due to its contrasting red bricks and white paint.

Homes have also been gaining my interest lately, as I love their differences and character.  They also send my imagination spinning at the thought of having a space of my own one day.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Old Stone Barn Hospital Alleyway