It is less than an hour drive from my front door to the entrance of RMNP. I try to visit as often as I can. My favorite time to journey into the park is in the winter when the tourists are gone and the park is cloaked in it's winter beauty. This gallery is a collection of photographs that I have taken over a three year period during various seasons of the year.
Much of the Mapleton Hill neighborhood is a designated historic district. This distinction means that Boulder’s homeowners in this neighborhood receive state tax credit and preservation grants from the Colorado Historical Society for restoring properties. The results can be seen all over in the well-preserved and luxorious old houses that make up much of the charm of this neighborhood. Many of the residences constructed between 1895 and 1910 still stand in Boulder’s Mapleton Hill area. This neighborhood was popular from the start due to the good drainage and excellent views that the hill provided. The first building on Mapleton Avenue was the Mapleton school, built in 1888 and opened for 250 students the next year.
The photos in this gallery were taken in the area of Bright Angel Lodge (Grand Canyon National Park) on the day of the 2012 annular solar eclipse. The California Condor was near extinction but a successful (and expensive) captive breeding program started in the late 80's saved the California Condor and presently there are 226 condors flying free over California, Arizona, and Baja, Mexico with another 179 living in zoos and breeding centers. The condor has the largest wingspan (up to 10 feet) of any bird in North America and can live up to 60 years. It was a joy to watch these large birds soar gracefully on the thermals rising from the Grand Canyon. I was truly fortunate to be in "the right place at the right time" to photograph the closeups of the juvenile condor (junior was on a ledge approximately 10 feet away when I took the photos).
The Colorado State University Annual Flower Trial Garden is located in Fort Collins on Remington Ave. across the street from the old Fort Collins High School. The garden is open and free to the public every day of the year.
The outdoor display and test areas at the Annual Flower Trial Garden were established to allow students, researchers, industry representatives, homeowners and extension personnel to learn, teach and evaluate through horticultural research and demonstration projects conducted in the unique environmental conditions of the Rocky Mountain/High Plains region.
Each year, the annual trial consists of over 1,000 different cultivars of annual bedding plants. Varieties are grouped by genus, arranged by color and grown in rows, side-by-side, so as to facilitate the comparison of similar varieties.
Located in Loveland, Colorado, Benson Sculpture Garden has provided a beautiful and unique outdoor setting for showcasing sculpture since 1985. Benson Sculpture Park has been described as “one of the most unique sculpture gardens in the nation." There are 130 pieces of sculpture on permanent display along with beautiful gardens and ponds. It is here that the Loveland High Plains Arts Council hosts its renowned Sculpture in the Park event each summer.