Nature Walk at the Hornbek Homestead


While out driving around seeing what I could see, I came across the Hornbek Homestead (link below). Not only is the countryside in this area beautiful, but the drive there is beautiful too. Here are a few images from one of my trips there.

 

I came up on this part of road unexpectedly and had to swerve off the road to capture it once I saw it, it was just so picturesque to me. I had to dodge a couple on coming cars as I was in the middle of the road trying to get this shot. I am happy I did!

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This is a close up of the front door on the Hornbek Homestead I posted about here.

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Random dirt road in the middle of nowhere next to a barbed wire fence at dusk.

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There is a nature walk at the Hornbek Homestead that crosses this awesome little bridge. This is the view looking out into the nature to come once you cross it.
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This is part of the valley you see on the nature walk as you are crossing the bridge above. As I was walking into the valley, I saw a fox running off into the canyon. It is some beautiful nature out here!

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Flowers like these adorn the trail all over. I had to capture one of these, they were very pretty!

 

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Home


Home, something a lot of us take for granted some of the time.

What does home mean? A place you sleep/hang out/pay rent/mortgage/see family members not by choice/etc? Not too long ago, I would have said that having a physical place to call home was a main definition of…home. However, I have been learning lately that to me, it is any place where I am with my family (wife and dogs). No kids yet, but the dogs substitute nicely! The driving force behind this is that love is not tied to a place and follows me wherever I go with my family. That sense of belonging, acceptance, and being loved unconditionally can go with you wherever you go. Yes it is there when you aren’t together with your family, but there is no denying that when together, things are taken up a few notches!

Feel free to comment what home means to you, I would like to hear others’ perspective.

Hornbek Home

This home above is the historic Hornbek Homestead and it was built in the 1800s. I accidentally came across it on my last trip to CO. Absolutely beautiful area. From the NPS website:

In the center of this lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead complex, the home of a strong, determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.

Adeline did what she had to do for her family and broke through social norms in the process to make a home. Love is powerful force unlike any other and creates where other forces tear down.

Happy Sunday and have a great week! Spread a little love this week and see what it creates!

Times Past


This chair sits alone in the middle of nowhere, decaying away into nothing. Its current condition speaks to its recent life where all value was lost by those keeping care of it.

But, I cant help but think about this chair’s times past when I look at such a contrast. This chair had a period in its life that saw gratitude from its owners.

Excitement when it was purchased.

Pride when the designer finished his/her design.

Relief  and comfort when sat in after a long day’s work.

Appreciation.

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Cars and Coffee #2


I headed over to Cars and Coffee for my second round last weekend, pretty hard not to like this event with such a diverse showing of autos. This time around it seemed to have more classic cars, although I did get close and personal with a flaming orange Lamborghini Ventador! I love cars, so here is my tribute for this particular week’s showing. I think this may be a recurring theme throughout the blog as I go forward!

 

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The Old Man and the Sea


 

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I must point out that I originally wanted to call this “The Man and the Sea” but that did not quite have the flare or familiarity as throwing “old” into there too….Sorry dad :)!

The Relic


On a recent trip back home where the primary business of the area is agriculture, I came across this old piece of “machinery”. This thing has not moved in decades. It is a reminder of how things used to be, where we come from and how far we have come. I am not totally sure what it was used for on the farm, but whatever it was, it has been obsolete for a long time. The owners must have thought it was either cheaper or less of a headache to just let it retire where it stood to become a relic as opposed to trashing it.

When I shot this, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was that I liked about it. But tonight, months later, I think I understand.

When I look at this, it is a reminder that life has not always been, and does not have to be, so fast – I feel grounded. You see, I am very into technology and gadgets: smart phones, cameras, cars, computers, social media, computer programs,  etc. This is something that can really bite me if I am not careful. Technology never slows down and only speeds up. Before I know it, I can be spinning my wheels pretty fast to keep up with everything I am “in” to. It is times like these above that I remember to take a break, take a breath and remember to just be still and be. Life changes, that is one certainty, I don’t want to forget to enjoy the journey along the way.

 

I edited this photo to have an older, film look.

F/1.8, 35mm, 1/160 sec, ISO 100

 

 

Lucky Me


I have posted this photo before (Adventures in Colorado), but went back and brought out some of the color and highlights a bit better.

This car was abandoned in a large, seemingly endless field. I came across it by pure luck. Super cool find!

That will do!


I was driving around the other day looking for anything interesting to shoot (I had just rented the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens!). I knew these massive hangars were near by and thought it would be cool to shoot, but they are on an old military base which is closed off to the public. I decided to look for a random vantage point, not having much hope since I know the general area pretty well… But wait, whats this!? A road I was not familiar with which led towards one of the hangars, nice! Not only did the road lead to a great view of one of these things, but it just so happened that a blimp had just been pulled out (for what purpose, I do not know)! To add a cherry on top of my find, there was a small section of the fence that had been cut away, a perfect peep-hole for my lens :).

I chose to edit this way because the whole feel of the image felt older, from another time. In my mind, this is how I saw this moment.

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No, I am not a communist, and neither is my dad.


I recently found out my dad had an old film camera back home. I have been trying to get some experience with film lately, through borrowing a friend’s, so this was an exciting prospect. It turns out that this camera was made back in Russia about 30-35 years ago. It is the Zenit EM (Cambron for us Americans, but manufactured in S.U).  It appears to be 100% mechanical – no batteries. All the adjustments (ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, etc) are manual, no auto suggestions of any kind…this should be interesting! This particular model shows the Olympic Rings – I believe this was a special edition to commemorate the 1980 Olympics.

Apparently my dad got this camera back in the day just before the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. It was during this time that people began to give my dad a hard time for supporting the Soviets and the war (AKA “are you a communist or what?!”)! If you have ever met my dad, you know this could not be further from the truth, so this is actually funny to hear now.

So now I have the camera and I am looking forward to using it! I have yet to shoot with it, but stay posted as images WILL be coming down the road. I will be sure to point them out when I post them.

Stay tuned Comrades!