Monday, April 25, 2011

Higher then a Mile High!

Last week I had a chance to take some rare photos from the top of Colorado's State Capitol in a quest to find the perfect photo for something at work. It was such an exciting day for me that I  thought I would share my journey with you all.

A model of the building I was getting ready to Climb to the top of it (yes I said the top)

View from the base of the southside Colorado Capitol

First set down!

The walk on the roof to the next set of stairs (I think that's over 256 steps!)

View shot (oh and solar panels since that was why I was here to take pictures of the panel that are on the roof of the capitol)

View from the first landing (another set of solar panels)

OK so I know you don't want to see a shot of solar panels but check out the shadow of the scaffolding yeah that's me taking this picture! 

Yeah I just like this shot

Just a little perspective

Secret stairs!  I love secret stairs!

Inside the dome! OK so there are some great signatures of folks that have worked on the capitol including one from 1896 (might be one of the original workers)

This is inside the tour that is on top of the dome (yep more secret stairs that I did not show you)

View from the top floor - see the gold in the picture kind of helps tell you where I am

Amazing views of Denver!

Here's another one

OK just to recap see that tower on top of the dome that is where I was!

YAY so much fun. It has been a while since I have gone on a photo shoot and I have to say I was very happy with the outcome even if that photo is not in this batch. I do hope you had a little adventure yourself viewing the photos.  If your ever in Denver you can see the capitol and get somewhat close. Much of the view platforms are closed due to renovation, but still some great views even if they are a little lower then where I got.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A tumblr diversion

So this blog is going to take a side step for a second so that I can bring you something that normally only lands on my tumblr account. I know your thinking what this girl has a theme (I do I promise but right now its only in my crazy head)

May I present to you the #menwHOTweet 2011 Calendar.
On a cold January afternoon what started as a joke to kill time turned into a bet/challenge that ended in pure Photoshop fun. I give you (some of) the wonderful men who try to make everyone’s life/home shine to its fullest potential. If you don’t know them you should. If you do, you should help increase their ego a little more today. Together they can make dreams come true - and they’re not too bad looking either. ;)

Sadly this did not really take me too long and if I really put in some hours it could have looked a lot different. This would not have been possible with out @Alexandrafunfit & @MonderSauce two wonderfully fabulous ladies. Plus we had some great judges (@saxonHenry and @DuQuellaTile).that helped decide who should make this years list (sorry for those that did not take it up with them) 
until next time

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Finding your Giant in your Dreams

A moment I captured in my State

Shortly after I recovered from the high that is New Years day I learned that someone that influenced my life more then I realized passed away. This man in my mind was a giant.  He fought to protect this planet and keep jobs in America before it was even the "cool" thing to do.  He wanted to be know simple as a "builder". I was told his favorite building blocks were not bricks and mortar, but ideas, people and trees. I have to say, I agree.

Recently I learned that he carried a poem in his planner that he always kept with him. I wanted to share it will all of you, who knows maybe there is a good reason he kept this on him at all times.  

 A Psalm Of Life


What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist

Tell me not, in mournful numbers, 
    Life is but an empty dream! —  
  For the soul is dead that slumbers, 
    And things are not what they seem. 

  Life is real! Life is earnest! 
    And the grave is not its goal; 
  Dust thou art, to dust returnest, 
    Was not spoken of the soul. 

  Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, 
    Is our destined end or way; 
  But to act, that each to-morrow 
    Find us farther than to-day. 

  Art is long, and Time is fleeting, 
    And our hearts, though stout and brave, 
  Still, like muffled drums, are beating 
    Funeral marches to the grave. 

  In the world's broad field of battle, 
    In the bivouac of Life, 
  Be not like dumb, driven cattle! 
    Be a hero in the strife! 

  Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant! 
    Let the dead Past bury its dead! 
  Act, — act in the living Present! 
    Heart within, and God o'erhead! 

  Lives of great men all remind us 
    We can make our lives sublime, 
  And, departing, leave behind us 
    Footprints on the sands of time; 

  Footprints, that perhaps another, 
    Sailing o'er life's solemn main, 
  A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, 
    Seeing, shall take heart again. 

  Let us, then, be up and doing, 
    With a heart for any fate; 
  Still achieving, still pursuing, 
    Learn to labor and to wait.

This poem was originally published in 1839, but its advice is timeless and encouraging. As we are still adjusting to the new year and we are remembering the past I hope that each tomorrow finds you farther than today. I believe that Longfellow was encouraging all of us to reach for our dreams, but remember that dreams take time so have patience  to let them form. Who knows maybe our dreams will influence others as much as the man that carried this for years did on all that knew him.

Till next time,

If you are curious as to whom I am referring to here is his Bio.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Shooting Stars

So its a new year, how great it that! Congrats to all of us we made it through another year. We may have some bruises and battle wounds, but we made it through another decade! High-five for us.

I think NYE is one of those great moments where everyone in the world experiences the same thing, well maybe just this one little feeling in the pit of there thoughts/stomach (I am positive it has nothing to do with the bubbles of champagne). When the ball drops and the fireworks go off we all hold our breath for that one magical moment when your whole world can change, or better yet we can change.

What is it about the new year that makes us think that everything can change. I personally think that we make our own new years day on whatever day we want, our birthday, a random tuesday. Its just a day right? I mean it doesn't hold any special powers, the universe doesn't automatically reboot and we all get to start over. I mean it took a long time before folks adopted the Gregorian calendar, Venice in 1522 and Thailand in 1941. 

But you know, deep down I am a sucker for second chances, do-overs, and even magic. I wish on shooting stars (actually I would if I have ever actually seen a shooting star). Every holiday, solstice, eclipses I hold my breath and hope that something great will happen.  I know that deep down the magic is in all of us (duh I am a child of Disney). That every day we wake up and decide rather or not we make that change that we want in our lives. It takes small steps and sometimes great leaps of faith (or whatever you want to call it). 

So as for me I cross my fingers and wish that everything will work out just the way it is supposed to. I hope every day that people will not be angry and treat everything with as much love as possible.  I realize that in order for this to really come true that people have to actually love themselves and treat themselves with as much respect as they wish others would treat them and I questions everyday if that is actually possible. I also hope that I will make the right choices and never look back and just hope that deep down I will always do what is best, it may not be the best choice at the time, but there is this wild and crazy plan that the universe has so one day everything that looks upside down will be right side up.

So as we all look upon this new year with hope here is a toast to you. In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, never in want. 

Oh and maybe just maybe I will see my first shooting star in 2011.

Till next time - 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lights Camera Christmas

We live in a time where we deal with unique experience that many would not understand unless you were there. During this time, lets just take a moment to remember how bless we are to have people that care. That includes the extended friends and family online. I would like to share with you some holiday lights from my neck of the woods.

Union Station - OMG isn't this light pattern amazing!

Side shot and all its glory!

City and County Building!! OMG they Dance!! So this Video is from before Thanksgiving, I will walk by it on Thursday, if it has changed I will post another video just to make sure you get the full Christmas experience.

OK that is all I am going back to watching cheesy wonderful girlie Hallmark/Lifetime/ Even SyFy fun Christmas specials! Oh I guess I should add ABC family

Till next time

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Zuckerman's farm

I will admit I have this secret love of farms and the farm life.  Something about it just seems so romantic and as American as apple pie.  I recently read this book called The Family Ranch about the life of families that run farms.  It is a truly amazing book and I highly recommend, it really made me think about the struggles that many families have to go through to help insure that we have the ability to buy food from our own country.

With all the urban farmers popping up and the statistics that tell us that most urban kids don't know where their food comes from. Not to mention the food that is created and manufactured in a lab because this planet is becoming so over populated that no farmer can possibly create as much food on a daily bases to supply the worlds food intake.  It's Christmas time and we are all thinking about the fest that come with this time of the year, extra pounds that it will cause we will worry about later. (I might know a great fun fit chick that can help you all with that extra weight)

But back to this food thing.

In Colorado you can find fresh local food at every market, I love this. When I was reading The Family Ranch and out shopping I would often picture some of the farms in the book as some of the farms that make the food I was buying. This summer I got to meet some of these farmers at the State Fair! The ones that make my food not in the book. Well at the State Fair there is this program call Centennial Farms. Don't now if its a program more so then its a celebration. According to History Colorado's website:

The Program was established to honor the significant role that these families have had in settling and shaping the State of Colorado.
Today, each one of Colorado's Centennial Farms stands as a recognition of the strength, courage and perseverance of the families who have worked their land for multiple generations despite the economic challenges of modern agriculture. 

This year the oldest farm was founded in 1892. I know 1892! That was a long time ago, what in the world was going on in 1892.

I did a little search to see what the rest of the country was up to in 1892, cause um well I was not there so how am I suppose to know or remember my US history class. Well this is what I found out in highlight form of course.  Grover Cleveland was president, Ellis Island begins accommodating immigrants to the US, it was the 400th anniversary of Columbus Day and to mark it the "Pledge of Allegiance" is first recited in unison by students in US public schools, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is published and in honor of Christmas The Nutcracker premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia. But back in Colorado in Elbert County the Hertneky family were building their homestead. I wonder if they thought or hoped that their family would be there over a hundred years later. I know with the gypsy blood that runs through me I doubt any of my descendants will be where I am right now a hundred years from now. But I bet the Hertneky family will still be farmers helping all of us remember the importance of local agriculture and truly what it means to have courage.  If you want to check out some photos of the rest of Centennial Farms folks here is a direct link to History Colorado's photostream.

Now if you guys are curious about what else I did at the fair. I can tell you I found someone or rather some animals that can make me smile even on the worst day and here they are and here is one of them. I call her Cruella de Vil.

So with holiday shopping and cooking to be done I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and with my blogging average I will see you next year. ;) OH and without using the handy internet did you know where Zuckerman's Farm is from....hmmmmmm

Til next time

OH and on a random side note. In my research into 1892 I discovered that Colorado in 1893 granted women the right to vote, making Colorado the second to grant universal suffrage and the first one by a popular vote (of Colorado men). Way to go Colorado and its men!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

What happened when September arrived

So its been a while since I have written and this is not about to change anytime soon.  I am working on something, but keep getting sidetracked. But its now the best month of the year and this is how I felt when September finally got here!

Done by Mr. Red

Till next time