Mountain Ranch | Self-Care

This ranch-style gate was photographed this Fall as we drove through the Colorado mountains.  

 

Getting away can be incredibly healing and calming.

Take a train or car ride somewhere new, enjoy nature, and spend time out in the open air with no obligations or time restraints.

It’s amazing how long days seem when we’re out in the world with only nature and our thoughts for company.

 

Let’s get out to enjoy some quiet solitude and recharge, whether we take frequent hikes in local hills or long excursions through the mountains.

We’ll be much better for it!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

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

Twilight Pond | Take Risks in Photography

Photography is a great teacher.

We learn to see, to get out and explore, and we’re also reminded to take risks.

Whether it comes to trying out new subjects, angles, or techniques at the get-go, or trying a new approach in the editing stage, let’s remember to take risks with our photography and our art.  Even if it’s something small, let’s try moving in a different direction.

We won’t grow if we don’t push ourselves and explore beyond our comfort zone.

So let’s get out, travel to new places with our cameras in tow, and see how we can try something new.

 

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape, fine art photography of a path leading into magical woods

Deer Trail

Dark Skies

One of the many views from the historic Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado.

This place was absolutely fantastic when I visited during the off-season earlier this year, even though there weren’t any reenactors present.

It’s a working ranch, so there were plenty of horses and chickens about, and I’m looking forward to getting back there sometime soon!

Let’s keep our eyes open for the beautiful places around us.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Barn | Rock Ledge Ranch

Landscape photography of a trail in Rock Ledge Ranch.

Explore | Park Trails

Let’s get out and explore, and find out first hand what parks, trails, and gorgeous views are open to us.  Whether it’s through a park with extensive trails or a footpath along the road, let’s get hiking and see what beautiful views await.

The stone and dirt underfoot as we trail through wild grass or roadside weeds will do us good!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Barn | Rock Ledge Ranch

Forest Textures

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.

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