Water Lily Leaves

Water Lily Leaves

The holiday season was … busy.  Between all the festivities and the flu, my time was very limited.  Yesterday, though, some friends and I enjoyed the beauties of a local Japanese Garden.

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Young Mullein

Young Mullein

In my own head, winter is a bleak time as far as plant life.  Bare trees, fields of snow, long grey days that are chilly, damp, cold, and dark.  Yet, life is still present, such as this young mullein growing at 7100 feet in the La Plata mountains of Colorado.

Sea Between the Seasons

Sea Between the Seasons

This picture was an accident.  The Welta Weltur has no double-exposure prevention mechanism.  Potential mistakes to potential artwork!  This made me think of the point between the wave and the tideline, where movement increases and decreases imperceptibly to its own rhythms.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

If you look, you can find old photos taken on huge, bellows cameras of these cliff dwellings as they were discovered.  Many were in terrible shape, and today, through skilled restoration, are in better condition than they were 100 years ago (or more).  In keeping with the old photos, I put together this panorama of Square Tower House.  What I like is that you can see just how nicely it is tucked in under the cliff, and beneath the mesa above.  I think this would be a great place to live – give me that top room! – but the commute might be a bit much for this old lady.

Square Tower House

Square Tower House

Of all the pictures I took at Mesa Verde National Park, this was one of the most difficult.  To see Square Tower House, you have to sort of lean over a railing, and look into a canyon.  This building seems to be built into the corner of a canyon.  Additionally, nothing I did conveyed the beauty of the place – it was really hard to get the lighting corrected to show the colors and the details.  Final editorial choice is obviously the b&w, which I think does the job rather nicely.