Abandoned Train Car

This old, decaying train car has been seen around the house for over a decade, as it was one of my mother’s favorite painting subjects.

This beautiful piece of history is only improving with age, and sits high in the mountains of Colorado outside the mining town of Victor.

Ventures out into the mountain and rural life of farms and mining towns are always interesting.  You never know what you’ll find!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Boarded Up Farmhouse

Old Stone Barn

Mountain Ranch

This lone tree sits in the grassy field of a ranch nestled against the Colorado mountains.
Ranches aren’t hard to find around here, so it’s a great escape from the city, even just to hike by and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of farm life.

Let’s get out and enjoy different areas of interest, even those close to home.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photograph of an old barn on a ranch in Colorado

Barn | Rock Ledge Ranch

Spring Bluff

Time away and outside is incredibly healing.

Even a short walk, whether around a city block or through a park, is one of the best ways to lift our mood.

Breathe the fresh air, enjoy the surroundings, gaze up at the sky.  It’s a great way to push ‘pause’ on life, reconnect with what’s really important to us, and remember how expansive the world is.

Whether we head out alone or with a companion, let’s try to spend more time outside, if only for a short time.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Dragon Valley | Ute Valley Park

Spring Seeds

Barn | Rock Ledge Ranch

Updates here on Roman Leaf are going to continue to be sporadic.  Along with getting some things in life together and back on track, I’m hoping to spend more time creating images, crafting, and enjoying the outdoors.

As things wind down, as they eventually will, hopefully a schedule will be put back in place.  Thanks for bearing with me!

In the spirit of exploration and good old quality time with nature, a new path in Garden of the Gods was explored, and I ended up on the Rock Ledge Ranch historic site.  Apparently the park area is open for free year round, so you’re able to roam around the stables and take a look at the gorgeous buildings… at least during the off season or when events aren’t going on.  Growing up under the impression that the park always charged admission, this was a terribly wonderful surprise!

Definitely goes to show the importance of exploring and not making assumptions.  Let’s get out and keep exploring.  If there’s a place we’ve been wanting to visit, let’s look into it again.  Better yet, let’s just go!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photograph of an old barn on a ranch in Colorado

Animal and nature photography of a grazing horse.

Queen’s Canyon

A view of the beautiful Queens Canyon and Glen Eyrie area from a trail in Garden of the Gods.  Definitely hoping to spot some bighorn sheep this Spring!

Still working on improving my landscape photography while enjoying more jaunts out in nature.  For some reason, the concept of including a foreground, mid ground, and background hadn’t occurred to me…  Neither had taking shots from a position closer to the ground..

Let’s keep learning and trying new things.  You never know when something simple will help you improve!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Foggy Hillside Silhouette

Landscape photography of foggy mountains.

Lazy Afternoon

Animal and nature photography of a horse on a ranch

Strolls taken near sunset are definitely relaxing, and there’s always a gorgeous view to be found.

Let’s spend more time outside and enjoy the fresh air and calming views.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Animal photograph of a rancher's horse sunlit from behind.

Doe Tail

Back in the Woods

Sorry for the small  break!  Everything is back where it needs to be and in working order, so we’ll get caught up with those missed posts as we continue the week.

Hope everyone is well, and taking the time to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature in Winter!

Although the mountains are still covered with a good amount of snow, Blodgett Peak made for a wonderful hike.

It should be noted that attempting to scale a snow-covered mountain with no water-proof clothing, no hiking stick, and while wearing blown-out tennis shoes is going to go exactly as expected.  Lots of face-first falling, ass-first sliding, and frozen fingers and toes!

Definitely proves to be better prepared.  Should have brought a wider lens, as well!  There are absolutely stunning sights along the way, and most just wouldn’t fit within 70mm.  I can’t wait to set up the mountain again to get those photos, as soon as some proper footwear is located!

Let’s continue to explore, and not let excitement or stubbornness keep us from being properly prepared!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Forest Stumps

Backlit Forest