This past spring I ventured out to Colorado again to explore an area that captured my heart. The moment I got off the plane and saw the Rocky Mountains it was love at first sight. The airport even smelled of evergreens, even if it was artificially scented! I loved it, every bit of it. After I got my bag I stepped foot in the crisp Colorado air and a shiver went down my spine. I was totally ready for this fun adventure. Once I got my rental car I was off to the hotel and ready to begin this journey. Along with exploring the area I got to photograph a stunning young lady. You can check out her session here!
The first stop was Chautauqua Park in Boulder. What a gorgeous view it was! The Flat Irons are also located in this amazing park which over looks Boulder.
Oh, Rocky Mountains, you are gorgeous.
I love mountains. So much I had to get a tattoo of them. The way these giant rocks have been formed over the years and the variations of life with each elevation. The cold crisp air and misty rain was so incredibly refreshing to experience. In these moments and in this area I did not want to leave. I told my friend who came along at least 10 times that I did not want to come home. As I looked out over this foggy little lake I thought about everything that I have been through this past year. The sadness hung in the mist but knowing that all of these feelings and weather were temporary was incredibly uplifting.
"If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it." -unknown
2017 has been my year to rediscover myself and find what makes me happy. This year has also been terrifying and exciting all at once. Along with experiencing new locations I have met some incredible people. This trip I was lucky enough to have one of my best friends go with me. We met last spring and quickly became friends through the year and I am incredibly thankful for her friendship. We laughed till we cried and I cried as I poured my heart out to her about so many things. This trip really made me realize a lot about myself. I realized I was no longer afraid to venture out into the world and open myself up to others. At the end of the day I was so overly happy with everyone in my life and the impact everyone has had on my heart and soul. Thank you, Brandi, for being there and agreeing to go with me! Thank you for experiencing such beauty with me!
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." -Sir Edmund Hillary
Garden of the Gods + Colorado Springs
Where the rocks are red, people rock climb and deer jump the fences feet from you! The moment I entered the park, I again started squealing with excitement. The rocks looked so small from the high way and the moment I stepped foot out of the vehicle I felt so small. These magnificent rocks standing feet above me with rock climbers sprinkled over them. It was such a sight!
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." -Neale Donald Walsch
Jumping on a plane twice with no strict agenda is out of character for me. I am a planner, I write what I have going on and make lists, I feel I am a pretty organized person. I have stepped out of my comfort zone in a lot of areas this year and I am so proud of myself. The choices I have made have been really refreshing and very much needed. I chose to open up my heart again and let others in. Even if some things didn't work out, at the end, they actually did work out. The moments that followed were a lesson in so many ways for me. I have turned my 'negatives' into positive situations even if it took a little time. Everything that happens in our life does end up teaching us at least one thing. I learned what it was like to really love and care for someone for everything that they are. I felt alive for the first time in a really long time and I owe it one special person. The time we had together and the talks we shared I will always be grateful for our quality time. You will always be someone who sits dearly in my heart. Thank you, for being you.
Pikes Peak was an incredible experience. 14K feet high, where it was absolutely freezing and windy. It takes a solid 30 minutes to get up to the top and it is absolutely work the drive. I was on top of the world, almost. The view was magnificent!
Colorado, I love your views, your vibe and crisp fresh air.
Local art fills downtown Denver and let me tell you, it's pretty amazing ! The murals that are sprinkled through the city are truly stunning. Here were a few of my favorites!