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.

River Rock Pendant

Wire Wrapped River Rock

Getting into jewelry-making has been a long time coming.  All things hand-made tend to draw my attention, and it’s also helped that I’m fortunate enough to live with a happy, successful, and very talented Etsy artist.  She’s been a big inspiration to not only try new things, but to work hard no matter what the project or situation.  You can find her work at Artist’s Corner Shop, Beauty in Baubles, Painted Paintbrush, and Crafty Clay Studio.


I’ve been hoping to start selling some art of my own, and I’m looking forward to practicing wire-wrapping.  And there are plenty of rock piles around the house from which to choose!

Whether we’re fortunate enough to live with one, have one in our circle of friends, or know their work from galleries online or down the street, let’s be sure we have inspiring people in our lives to push us to be better, more creative people.  Of course, inspiring people in our lives aren’t limited to artists!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Miniature Package and Letters Miniature Framed Portrait

Old Rock Wall | Look Closer

Forest photography of fallen trees on an old stone wall.

Already a very lush place, this town park in Pennsylvania featured a boardwalk through nearby woodland that was bursting with especially vivid greens.

Home to a peaceful stream that fed the enormous amount of greens, it also seems to have been home to something else.  It wasn’t until later that it became clear that beneath the fallen trees was an old rock wall, perhaps part of a home at one point.

A good reminder to look closer at our surroundings in the present.  Should we find something interesting, it’s better to notice it when we’re able to feed our curiosity and explore, than later when we’re not.

Let’s keep our eyes open for whatever curiosities may be hidden around us, and take the opportunity to explore and look closer.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Exterior photograph of an abandoned pond house. Urban photography of a cozy side street.

Make Time for Happiness

Spring Seeds

It’s incredibly important to make time for the things that make us happy.  Even if it’s something small like having tea outside, morning yoga, or reading.

It’s too easy for things to get lost in the business of the day, but moments that bring us joy aren’t something we should put off.

Let’s hold dear those things that make us happy, and make time for them.  We contribute so much more to the world when we’re happy and inspired to do our best.

Happiness is contagious, so let’s take care of ourselves and spread the joy around.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Happiness Flying Geese at Sunset