Burning Off Turkey Day

One last bit of catch-up to take care of before 2016 is no longer… my last set of pictures in queue from this fall.  This time it was a quick trip up to the Rabbit Mountain county open space not far from our home to try to work off just some of the Turkey Day calories we gobbled up the day before.

There wasn’t anything super special about the day other than it was simply a gorgeous morning.  Just a great time to sit back and enjoy the views in the golden sunlight…

And since I procrastinated with this blog post, I have a new WordPress toy to play with to show off one of my panoramic shots from this jaunt – 360° view!

For those who want to see the whole scene in context or don’t feel like playing with the 360° toy, here’s the full scene from atop a rock bluff at the end of the trail we hiked:

Arise

With this post, I’m finally caught up – just in time for the year to end!  I’d like to say that I’ll be more on top of things for 2017, but let’s face it – “real life” gets in the way a little too much sometimes and I’m to mentally or physically exhausted to futz with pictures.  Maybe having better equipment throughout my workflow will speed things up and  help me stay on top of things, if for no other reason it gives me an excuse to play with my toys.  Guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Goodbye 2016 & hello 2017!!

 

– JC

PS – Seeing how this new 360° plugin works is already giving me some ideas for taking pictures that will more fully realize the feature down the road.  Could be fun!

Hidden Gem

One of the bonuses of my husband’s job in conservation is that some of the conferences he attends include “sessions” that involve hikes and other outdoor activities in and around the host city.  (For those of us who are stuck in dimly lit hotel ballroom/dining room settings on uncomfortable chairs for hours on end for conferences, it seems like a dream!  So jealous!)  This year’s Colorado Open Space Association annual meeting in Estes Park did just that.

One of his “sessions” (and I can’t make the air quotes big enough online!) was a hike in some Larimer County open space called Hermit Park just outside of Estes Park.  Turns out we’d driven by the entrance a few times going to/from Rocky Mountain National Park, but we’d never turned in since we were aiming for “the big park”.  Boy, were we missing something good!  Even though it was cloudy and crappy the day my husband’s conference took him up there, he saw enough that he knew he’d be taking me back there.

And so he did.  A few weeks later we went for a jaunt up to the highest point in Hermit Park and it was stunning!  Since you’re sitting slightly south and just east of Rocky, the views are phenomenal!  These shots are just a sampling of the visual goodies we found that day, shot on my phone since it was a “test run” of sorts.

Mountains Surround

I’m sure we’ll get back here down the road and I can’t wait!

 

– JC

Wildflowers for a Monday

It’s the start of another workweek, but it’s a workweek where I’m off from my “real job” for 2 days.  Why not share some happiness with folks who do have to be at work today?

Here’s some wildflowers from another run of test shots the other week – this time at Rabbit Mountain outside of Longmont, Colorado where the flowers were abundant, colorful, and downright cheery.

Enjoy!

– JC