Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Through My Lens : : Colorado

Last week my friend and second-shooter Angie and I threw our gear, our bags and our many shoes in our rented convertible and headed west to Colorado. It was a chance to get away, to recharge, to enjoy the drive, and to take pictures. This was my first trek to this beautiful state and although there was a lot of corn along the way (Iowa and Nebraska are loooong states of farmland), we were excited to get off the beaten path and discover places that didn't have signs pointing us every 50 feet to the next tourist trap.


One day we took a drive up to Pike's Peak in our little convertible. I learned that I'm not comfortable driving on hairpin turns with no guardrail up a mountain. I also learned to take a sweater.

As close as we got to our Thelma and Louise moment.Can you see the snow in this picture? Hence the need for a sweater.

We also drove around Manitou Springs, at the base of Pike's Peak. We walked around, did some shopping, had some lunch. I loved this little town.

Random Colorado Springs scenes.

This is a bit backwards, but we drove around Winterset, Iowa on our way too Colorado on Monday last week and did a tour of some of the Bridges of Madison county. Like from the movie.

Playing with sunflare. This one's Angie.
This one's me.

This doesn't look like Colorado. Can anyone identify this?
Random scenes we took in and captured.

We discovered a local brew and drank a few. I didn't know about Fat Tire until it was too late and we were out of dodge. Next time.
We made friends that were furry along our way.

We made human friends along the way too. This was a group of kids biking down Pike's Peak. They actually stopped wanting a picture with Angie and I (awww), but we ended up doing a mini photo shoot with them, their leaders and their group. Guys...email me and I will send you the pictures!
We met Jeff Brown, traveling all over these 50 states, accepting donations and following his dream.

He encouraged me to do the same.
We met friends that played football with us. They laughed while we ran in our heels to catch the ball.
A wonderful trip with a wonderful friend. I feel recharged. Mission accomplished.


Angie said...

Ha ... that makes me laugh! "This ones Angie, this ones me!" You did however forget to mention that I totally risked my LIFE for that picture by standing on top of a a 3 inch wide wall with nothing but a HUGE dropoff on the other side! Anything for a fun picture with great sunflare though...:-)

Catlin Humes said...

I took a photo safari today out into the country where all you could see was corn and soy beans...and then I got lost. lol. While you get some awesome photos from adventures sometimes you get more than photos too. Hope your trip was as awesome as it looked!

Shana said...

You didn't know about Fat Tire until it was too late? Awww! You missed out on some of the best beer West of the Mississippi! Thanks for the wonderful photos! I've been home just over a week and so want to go back!

JK Photography said...

What a fun trip!! I can't wait to hear all about it! Next time you go, you MUST bring home some fat tire :)

iball said...

Looks like you girls had a blast. It's been probably close to 20 years since I was in Colorado, but I do remember some of it. What great pictures!

Heather said...

looks like such a fun trip!!!

Bree said...

What an amazing trip! I love Colorado and have been to most of those places. So fun to see it through your eyes and lense. :)

Jo said...

I work on Pikes Peak and ran across your blog...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pictures of the Mountain and Garden of the Gods. What a wonderful perspective on the scenery I see every day!

Courtney said...

Beautiful pictures Amy!! Just stunning!

Anonymous said...

Cool post. Great pics. Good stories.
Greg (Aletha's guy)

Lisa said...

Glad you had fun, these pictures are great as always. Why don't you post a couple of amatuer photos soon so I feel better, lol!! It seems like all your pics are perfect, are you human??