At the foot of the altar

At the foot of the altar...

At the foot of the altar…

Stunning artwork and symbols even at the foot of the altar in Grand Lake……one aspect of churches I truly enjoy are those which teach the faith through art…

I’ll have a treat in a few days when I show you the Cathedral of the Plains.  The parishioners there really made art and faith sing…

Since this was a circle the square frame seemed to be the best choice for the selection.


Photographers Delight




The Grand Lake Museum is a photographer’s delight. I could return there time and time again working new angles on various exhibits. This is really what I love to do with my travel photography, pick up a scene or environment and convey it to the world with an enriching twist. Capturing my children, and in this case their cousin as well, in wonder at grasping these new lessons just is icing on the cake….

The big lesson for the family was that everyone had to be able to do everything…and life was pretty sparse by today’s standards for the “rich” townsfolk. The boys learned they had a lot of skills they had to learn as tradesmen in building, repair, hunting, fishing, and finance to keep the family afloat. The girls learned that a family lived and died on their skills managing money, supplies (something as simple as running out of lard or meat in the winter meant death), clothing, and daily management meant a smart and skilled lady was highly sought after!

In the end though, families pulled each other through…they had no government handouts or fire departments to assist them! If they messed up they died in the remote mountain country, unless someone else could assist out of their bounty and charity. What a different world, and one that did make our country great….

The first photo is of the cousins looking at an old stereotype photo viewer…yes they had three dimensional viewing too!

The second caught my eye due to the really cool window light..and then my father-in-law said the towel was like the ones his mom made, so of course I had to capture it for him!

The final photo is a pin cushion upstairs in the sewing room. I loved the color, texture and setting. I could just imagine one of the girls there working hard at mending a borders shirt or making a quilt.

I hope your enjoyed this as much as I did! I’ll have more photos later!


Shoot out! day 1 in Grand Lake



On our first day in Grand Lake we took the kids to the local museum, which was the first boarding house in town. The sights were fun, educational and for the kids enough to make them want to come back. More on the museum later, but today I wanted to share the children’s highlight..the dress up area! They all dressed up and played their parts! They even played bank robber!

When they left they actually wanted to come back again for more! Both learning about the crickets old house and the games!


P.S. Ok this shows the value of a simple program like Snapseed to process photos on the fly. I also could use the sepia setting on my camera (which I also did) to give you a fun historic shoot in just a few taps of a finger.