One of my regular stops is this oasis of tall trees and native prairie grass along the Arikaree River north of Limon Colorado. Established as a buffalo hunting camp for the Walk brothers in 1872 it later became a key stop along the National Trail for driving cattle from Texas to Montana. In the early 20th century homesteaders began settling nearby and in 1913 the Walks Camp Park Association organized and purchased the land where today it remains a local gathering ground for picnics and events. On this foggy morning I can almost feel the history!
In the months (!) since my last post it's been more framing than shooting. First, for the Phillips County Arts Fair in Holyoke and Wray Art Guild shows back to back; in June are the Wonders of Nature at 40 West Arts with the Louisville Art Association National Photography Show; and I've joined the new Light Rail Gallery in Arvada where I'll be rotating new work throughout the year.
While the Nikon has taken a back seat lately I have been more present with a camera that's always there..my trusty iPhone. It's never been the go-to travel camera before (always carried my small point and shoot) but I made the commitment during a trip to New Orleans for JazzFest. To encourage myself I created an Instagram account @strayimages where I'll post these mobile pursuits along with a few reimagined images from the portfolio.
And with recent art fairs in eastern Colorado I had a good chance to photograph one of my favorite locations- the former Bonny Lake State Park. Once a popular recreation area, the lake was drained and closed in 2011 leaving a thriving wildlife habitat very much alone in the beautiful remnants of empty campgrounds and picnic areas.
40 West Arts is a non-profit Creative Arts District here in Lakewood Colorado. Their support helps redevelopment along the corridor of west Colfax Avenue, the historic road running 26 miles through the heart of Denver. Each photography call celebrates a different aspect of life along the avenue and my second show with them "The Four Seasons of Colfax" opens tonight (thru March). One of my entries is a little different view of a classic landmark locals will instantly know..
One of four images selected for the Sand Creek Regional Greenway's Fotostream Photography show (another is on my Home Page). Over several visits I tracked the greenway in and around the ongoing construction. Currently almost 14 miles long (eventually 28) it follows Sand Creek northwest from Colfax Avenue in Aurora, thru Denver, ending with its Platte River confluence in Commerce City. Fotostream opens December 12 in the Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery then travels to the Aurora Municipal Center and Commerce City Civic Center in following months.
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