“Monument Valley”

These are images captured in Monument Valley.  I followed this horse for quite a while trying to get a portrait that included the landscape. The below image is an attempt at a landscape portrait.  I tried to present both  as moments in history.

“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship.

We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”  ~ John Paul II

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“Reservation Horses”

As one moves through Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly, it is not uncommon to see reservation horses wandering in many remote areas.  The below image was actually taken from inside our jeep in the middle of the water.  Even though the image has many highlights, I still really like the atmosphere this photograph conveys – horses in a remote area all alone seemingly embraced by the canyon walls. 

 As we were photographing some of the reservation horses in Monument Valley (my featured photograph), one of the horses started to nibble on Bobbie’s ear.  Ultimately, the horse placed its chin on her shoulder and looked at the great beyond with Bobbie.  I could not resist including a “caption” with this photograph.  It is a treasure…

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“Longs Peak in Fall Glory”

Longs Peak is the tallest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park as it is over 14,000 feet high.  It is the center focus of the park and can be viewed for various locations.  The featured photograph is the fall view from Moraine Park.  The below views were taken at Beaver Meadows.  Of course, my favorite is my beloved Nikki in awe of the majestic glory.

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Nikki@RMNP

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“Chasing Bubbles”

Remember the husky puppies?  Well, here are two of them at age 6 months.  “Zane” is chasing bubbles and is quite delighted with himself with each capture in his mouth.  When he chases bubbles, he jumps, he leaps and is quite agile.  In the below  photograph, it is quite noticeable that he looks very much like my beloved Nikki – a red/white husky with amber color eyes.  His brother, “Wiley,” is below and has distinct speckled coloring around his eyes.  Both “boys”  are so middle school in nature:  lots of energy, constant running and very rambunctious.  _DSC9427

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“Service with a Smile…”

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After publishing the husky puppy photographs in recent posts, some friends asked for current photographs of my beloved Siberian Husky – Nikki.  Well, here she is with her beautiful smile to share with all of you.  She is my loyal companion and was really quite resilient during and after the September flood here in Lyons.  In fact, I can say that she has been extraordinary with a new change in her behavior.  As most know, we were displaced from our homes for two months.  Once we returned, everything was changed:  the landscape, homes and people’s lives.  It seems as though Nikki sensed the change in her town and stress for everyone here.  Consequently, she has created a new “job” for herself.  She wants to walk on Main Street every day and greets everyone that she approaches.  She looks at people, flashes her smile and then waits…  Of course, people are enamored with her beauty and immediately stop, compliment her and start to pet her.  Nikki cuddles with everyone that she meets and before the interaction is over, they are smiling too and I think Nikki realizes this as well.   It seems as though she has become one with her soul purpose to bring comfort and joy to the lives of others with the pure essence of her personality.  She is being compassionate, caring and a source of inspiration and peace even for a few moments in someone’s day.  My Nikki is a role model for service to humanity … and, she does it with a smile!

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