High on Photography…

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wet …

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… in the woods at my university.

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Larimer County, Colorado

Colorado Highway 7: Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Larimer County, Colorado

Colorado Highway 7: Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Larimer County, Colorado

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Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado

Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado

Bluebird Theater

Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado

Bluebird Theater, Denver, Colorado

red …

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… in grass by a parking lot on my campus.

‘why, you little beech’ …

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… in the forest moments from my office at my university.

life’s a beech …

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… in the woods at my university.

Our Lady of Wisdom …

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… a revered statue in the woods at my Franciscan university. #HopeTuesday

because I can …

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… I can change the color of beech leaves, which in autumn are yellowish-brown, to red. Just pretend these are the leaves of a red maple.

A dreary walk in the woods … then magic

Saturday dawned gray, cold, and wet. A light mist eased through the forest at my university. But a day walking in the woods with a camera is a good day, no matter the weather, right?

The university was on holiday break. Students had fled home to give thanks with family and friends. I did, too, but returned early.

The deeply overcast sky dictated a flat, low-contrast aspect to the trees and trails in the forest. I looked down. At least I can shoot leaves, now wet and trodden. I like to shoot leaves. A little Photoshop would add hue and color contrast to them, I thought.

But the gray and the cold and the mist cut into my coat and mind. I shivered. Bummer. A dark day growing darker. Melancholy arrived and tapped on my shoulder. I turned and shuffled back onto the main trail, intent on returning to my truck. My Canon hung unused from its strap around my neck. I hate the interregnum between seasons: no leaves on the trees, no snow on the ground.

Franciscans have walked through these woods for more than a century and a half. Franciscans like nature and apparently thrive in it. They have, over the life of the university, constructed stations of the cross on a circular trail in this forest — Bob’s Woods, named after Fr. Bob Stewart, who died of cancer shortly after my arrival at the university.

I am not a Franciscan. I am not as hopeful as they appear to be. Dank, dark weather like this day’s further eroded my ability to detect hope.

Then I saw …
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death in the black desert …


… on a trail through the woods at my university.

Tree of Wisdom

“Tree of Wisdom,” by Alexander Tylevich – Regis University, Denver

God, who is as immense... - Detail

God, who is as immense… – Detail

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Viper

Orchideæ

Orchideæ

Open Arms

Orchideæ

Orchideæ

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Butterfly and the World

stumped …


… in the forest at my university.

Drive-In: Buena Vista, Colorado

Comanche Drive-In, Buena Vista, Colorado

Comanche Drive-In, Buena Vista, Colorado

Oregon’s high plain …

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… on Route 395 near Long Creek south of Pendleton.

late in the day …

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… on a path through the forest at my university.

late in the day …

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… in the woods at my university.

arterial …

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… patterns in a leaf.