Tag Archives: Colorado

Umbrellas

Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado. The black stones are part of a public art installation titled “Confluence” by Lawrence Argent

One day when passing through the Oak Street Plaza Park in Fort Collins, I spotted the reflections that these umbrellas were making in the black stone and stopped to take a few photos.  I didn’t spend enough time on this idea, but otherwise think I captured what I saw.

The black stones are part of a public art installation titled “Confluence” by Lawrence Argent.  More public art!

Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado. The black stones are part of a public art installation titled “Confluence” by Lawrence Argent

Art On The Line

Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado

One of the things that has impressed me about Fort Collins, CO is the amount of public art, especially in Old Town.  They even publish maps and have a walking tour telling people where to find it.  Sometimes the art is sculpture, pavers on the sidewalk, plaques or other displays.  Two of the most prevalent forms seem to be painted pianos placed around town that anyone can play, and painted utility box covers.  A very clever way to disguise what is usually seen as big, green, ugly boxes.

Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado

It’s evidently brand new, as it isn’t shown in Google Street View and I couldn’t find out anything about it in the published information.  But this structure is almost certainly art.  If not, I have no idea what its purpose would be!  I had a little fun with it while walking around on a beautiful, sunshiny day!

Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado

If anyone wants to check it out, it is located in an alleyway in an area bordered by Oak Street, Mason Street, Mountain Ave. and College Ave.  Right behind Walrus Ice Cream! 🙂

Our Visit to Rocky Mountains National Park

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado

I sent a postcard earlier but have now processed a few of my photos from our visit to RMNP.  We were only there for a day, it was a Saturday, happened to be a free admission day and the colors were starting to get good.  So we were a little “over-peopled” but had a great time regardless.  As much as I love our Smoky Mountains, there is something about this vast Colorado landscape that keeps calling me back.  That, and a chance to hang with our good buddy Monte! 😉

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Longs Peak from Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Elk along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Coyote along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado

Chasing Fall Colors

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests

One of the things I had been hoping for during our visit to Colorado was a glimpse of some of the legendary “Gold Rush” of Aspen trees in their fall splendour.  While there are parts of the state that are “better” for Aspen, I knew that there should be enough of them around Fort Collins to make the effort worthwhile.

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests

We spent today along the Cache La Poudre River in the Poudre Canyon.  The Aspen were starting to turn, and there were a number of places where the color had just about reached their peak.  Combined with our visit to RMNP, I’m very happy with the returns from our efforts.

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests

Tomorrow it’s on to northern Wyoming and some drastically cooler weather.  After seeing 70s and 80s here in Colorado, we’re looking at 40s in Wyoming and Montana.

Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Fall colors along the Poudre Canyon Road through Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
Views from Bingham Hill Park near LaPorte, Colorado

First Thing Is To Show Up

Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins

While our friends, neighbors and relatives have been sweating out a late summer heat wave in Charlotte, here in Colorado Kathy & I have been treated to mid-70s temperatures with beautiful skies and low humidity.  We took full advantage on Thursday when we headed out into the countryside with our pal Monte Stevens.

When we headed out we had no idea what we were looking for or where we were going, but I think we found it!  Overall an extremely productive and rewarding effort.  Hoping to get into the high country and chase some fall color over the weekend before heading north to Montana, where it is supposed to snow.  Yikes!

Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Abandoned store in the rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins
Rural countryside in Larimer County, Colorado north of Fort Collins

Aspen Impressions

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

I’ve been working on finishing up my photos from our Colorado adventure in June, and I’m just about there!

I didn’t have a lot of things that I had pre-visualized for our trip, but one of the things that I wanted to come back with was some nice photos of Aspen trees.  I’d eventually love to go back in the fall, but June was a great time for some spring green.  We get that here in April & May, but of course we don’t have Aspen.  We do have Birch, but it’s just not the same.

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

I have a few more Aspen photos that I like a lot, but they are going to require a lot more work to see if they can be made presentable.  It’s kind of a funny story in a Murphy’s Law sort of way.  There was one grove of Aspen that I liked a lot, but there was a blue wire fence running through them, I think it was part of an elk enclosure.  As I was shooting I assured myself that the blue fence would be rendered invisible by the motion.  But wouldn’t you know it, the vertical movement of the camera tracked parallel to the fence, so the fence is perfectly rendered in the background.  Crap!  I’m going to have to spend some time in Photoshop to see if I can do an adequate job of erasing the fence.  I’m quite rusty with my skills but I’ll see what I can do.

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

Kathy & I are off on our latest adventure next week.  Photos and stories to follow!

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

Colorado Adventure: New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado

Just when you thought we were done with Colorado photos, I came across this collection that I had held back from the Fort Collins photos to do a separate post on our tour of New Belgium Brewing Company.  We had a great tour leader and he told the story of the history of the company as well as a lot about the current plans for expansion and new products.  It sounds like a great place to work!

New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado