Magical Bridge | Fairytale Landscape

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This beautiful landscape was photographed last Summer at the end of a road trip in the Colorado Mountains.

With the moody clouds and warm glow of the hills, it definitely looked straight out of a fairy tale!

 

Sometimes it takes a road trip to remind us that sometimes the best views are at home.

Let’s keep traveling, near and far, but remember to appreciate the beauty in the everyday.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Garden of the Gods photography
Fantasy landscape photography of a magical autumn forest with rays of sunlight

Fairytale Path | Ute Valley Park

It’s hard not to find a beautiful scene when taking a stroll through nature.

This view was so reminiscent of a fairytale, it proved a great chance to practice editing.  A great inspiration to try creating more fantastical and magical works with vivid colors and hues.  Bright reds and purples definitely come to mind!

Nature is gorgeous on its own, but sometimes it’s fun to push it and remake the reality we’ve captured before us.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunset Valley

Nature photograph of a sunlit hillside.

Health for the New Year

Beauty

A new season is about to begin, as is the shortest day of the year!

Winter has officially begun and the days will start getting longer.  Soon enough, warmer weather will be on the wind, and the greenery of the new year will start to appear!

Although the new year hasn’t started, it’s always the perfect time to consider our lives, habits, new goals, and our progress on ones we’ve previously set.

It’s also never too early or too late to make a point to take better care of ourselves.  Ideally, health shouldn’t cross our minds only when we’re feeling horrible.  Health is something we constantly have to work for.  Filling up on junk food, too much salt, and entertaining horrible sleeping habits are definitely not ways to maintain health.

There’s so much easy stuff we can do to better and maintain our health, and these often leave us feeling immensely better than the alternatives we may be used to.

  • Eat healthy, real food.  Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, berries, and the like.  Try to cut down on the Yellow 5, artificial flavors, and other unnecessary chemicals and additions.
  • Prepare your own food.  This way you control what you eat, and enjoy the calm bliss that comes with making something yourself!
  • Have healthy snacks on hand and ready for when you get hungry.  Be sure you stock your fridge and pantry with healthy foods you actually like.  If you enjoy what you eat, eating healthy doesn’t seem like a chore, but a joy.
  • Stop bringing unhealthy food into the house, and avoid it in your travels.  It’s harder to binge on cheesecake at 2am if you don’t have any.  If the fridge at work is often stocked with cake and soda, stop looking in it.  Don’t tempt yourself if you don’t have to.
  • Make healthier versions of your guilty pleasures.  Make cake and cookies with reduced sugar, or use agave or honey instead.
  • Create and maintain a regular sleep schedule.  Not the easiest one, especially if we have  irregular work schedules.  Try to find a general time to go to bed and wake up that will be flexible enough for our usual work hours, class time, activities, etc.
  • Drink more water.
  • Exercise.  Even if it’s just walking farther to work, jogging around the block, or dancing around your home.

Definitely so much to look forward to this new season and new year.  Let’s work to make health something we enjoy!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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Cobblestone Bridge

Photography of a stone bridge in a nature park.

Another gorgeous bridge at North Cheyenne Cañon Park!  This cobblestone bridge is the first in the park, sitting right before the visitor center.  It crosses over a stream lined with healthy greenery, some of which was changing colors at the start of Fall.

Bridges are always gorgeous, but there’s something magical and timeless about those made from stone.  With the carefully placed cobblestones and surrounding vivid colors, this scene is definitely reminiscent of fairytales.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of trees surrounding a metal bridge in a Colorado Springs Park. Nature photography of a steam.

Serene Bridge | North Cheyenne Cañon Park

Nature photography of trees surrounding a metal bridge in a Colorado Springs Park.

I found myself at North Cheyenne Cañon Park a few weeks ago, and although the visit was brief, it’s clear to see that this is a stunning park.  Near the entrance were a few bridges crossing the stream, which looked particularly lovely among the trees as the sun started to set.

Bridge | Cheyenne Cañon Park

Although I like parts of this photo, it’s another great reminder to better pay attention to what shows up in the frame at the time of shooting.  Too preoccupied with this serene bridge and the interesting perspective, I didn’t notice that the cars in the opposite parking lot made it into the shot.

With so much beauty around just the entrance of this park, both natural and manmade, further exploration as a day trip is definitely warranted.

Let’s keep practicing our craft, and remember to not let the beauty before our camera blind us to those aspects we would rather hide.  Like cars, dumpsters, or our friend Tom who snuck in the shot.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunset Valley Nature photograph of a sunlit hillside.