Forest Trail

When nature is a great love, make a point to get out and enjoy it!

Take the time to get out on hikes, explore trails, climb mountains, breathe fresh air, really enjoy it!

Even if we don’t have time to make it to the mountains every week, let’s commit to getting outside and enjoying whatever nature we can.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

A vivid green forest

Sandstone Plateau | Experiment with Photographic Style

Experimenting with different styles of photography is the best way to decide what we want to do, and how we want to do it.  How we find our own style.

But let’s remember that even when we find our signature style, we’re still allowed to experiment and play around.

This landscape photograph was taken during a cloudy afternoon while hiking the sandstone bluffs in Ute Valley Park, and was edited with more of an HDR approach than my usual style.

It looks different, and obviously feels different as it’s not what I’m used to sharing and doesn’t fit with the style and brand that I’m going for.  It’s not the style I want people to expect when following my work.

And that’s OKAY.

We’re allowed to play.  We’re allowed to experiment.  We’re allowed to put out photography that’s different from our style.

Brand experts would say that too much experimentation can detract from our brand, and they may be right.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t still play around.

Let’s keep experimenting.  We’ll take approaches and create images that are different from what we and others are used to, but we might also find a new style and direction we want to take our photography in.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Moody, foggy burned forest in Colorado Springs

Nature photography of a foggy forest in Fall. Une photo d'une forêt brumeuse à l'automne.

Patch of Light | Devil’s Playground Trail

Walking along this forested trail on Pikes Peak definitely brought back memories of the forests in Pennsylvania.

This gorgeous patch of light was captured just off the Devil’s Playground trail, a hiking path up the western side of the mountain.

This trail definitely warrants a return visit, perhaps with the goal of getting to the summit, or at least the tree-line!

Let’s keep exploring.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of the valley and mountains in Divide, Colorado

Spring Bluff

Goals | Take the First Step

When dreaming of the goals we’d like to achieve, it’s worth remembering that success isn’t always as difficult as we might think.

We can’t climb a mountain without taking the first step, and after that, this immense goal is still achieved by putting one foot in front of each other.  Every goal is just a series of small steps, and small steps aren’t as difficult as fear may lead us to believe.

Maybe we can’t climb a mountain our first few tries, but maybe we can make it farther than we’d anticipated.  Maybe we can’t bike across the city with relative ease, but maybe we can make it to our favorite spot in town without (completely) exhausting ourselves.

Let’s remember that immense goals are just a number of small steps, and let’s start taking these steps now.  The climb may not be as difficult as we’d thought.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sandstone Floor

Path

Calm Mountainside

Landscape photography of golden grass and silhouettes of trees.

Apologies for the late post!  At least having photos ready to go, if not scheduling blog posts ahead of time, would evidently be helpful when trying to juggle projects.

Another shot of the serene mountainside of Blodgett Peak.  In addition to the sun being less harsh, it’s clear that around sunrise and sunset may be the most picturesque times to hike and enjoy the natural beauty around us.

Lighting that’s more even and diffused is often touted as the best light for photography, but there’s definitely some gorgeous textures and a lovely glow created by strong side lighting, especially when it comes to brush!

Let’s enjoy the beauty around us, and make time to admire nature at its most beautiful.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Sunset Valley Lanscape photography of a tree silhouetted on a mountainside.

Burned | Blodgett Peak

Burnout | Burned Tree

Yesterday I found myself hiking one of the many trails on Blodgett Peak in Colorado Springs.  This tree was one of the countless burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire that swallowed over 18,000 acres three years ago.

The trails were surrounded by healthy growth, though pieces of burnt wood started becoming more visible further up the mountain.  It wasn’t too long before the trail began winding through burnt trees, some still growing strong despite the damage, and others laying in the returning brush.

There were many photographs taken during this one hike, as the peak is surrounded by gorgeous forests.  Although mostly pine, there are plenty of other beautiful trees turning gold for the fall!

The peak is 2500 ft. high, which sounds like an easy challenge, as well as practice for scaling Pike’s Peak.  I’m terribly excited to try and reach the summit my next visit.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail. Happiness

Tranquil Stream

Nature photography of grass after rain.

Nature photography of a steam.

An overcast day is perfect to for a hike close to home.  Not only was the light diffused and temperatures cool, but the recent rain and persistent fog brought out the colors of nature beautifully and beaded plants with dew.

Due to the weather not being as sunny as usual, the trails were quiet except for a few visitors.  Fresh air, solitude, silence, and cool temperatures?  A wonderful way to start the day!

This immensely tranquil stream passes through the trail, though a small side path takes you along it for more serene and photogenic views.  The sound of running water is so relaxing, especially when you don’t accidentally startle any predatory wildlife.  (Although I did have the pleasure of seeing a gorgeous bobcat on the hunt last week.)

Let’s enjoy nature, rain or shine, and not be afraid to wonder off the beaten path once in a while.  (So long as we can find our way back.)

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Stream Waterfalls Floating Leaves