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Colors of Autumn

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Living in the Midwest, we don't bat an eye when the weather dips and turns.  It can seem like summer one day and winter the next.  But there's always a bit more excitement when fall colors begin to appear.  This year, I was able to travel out to Colorado to see how they do fall.  We were there at the peak of the color and - WOW - the fall colors came out in all their glory.  I've seen a lot of pretty trees in my day, but I don't think I've ever seen such vibrancy as I did out west.  It felt like God was putting on a brilliant display just for us.

Driving almost 2,000 miles across the state of Colorado meant winding our way up and down mountain passes, traveling a bit too close to the edge of mountain drop-offs, and reveling in some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes I've ever seen.  It also meant that I was photographing - a lot.  Since I probably took just shy of a billion pictures, here are just a few to give you an idea of the beauty we saw.  

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Near Silverton, Colorado

Near Silverton, Colorado

Dallas Divide

Dallas Divide

Near Aspen, Colorado

Near Aspen, Colorado

A mountain lake in southwest Colorado

A mountain lake in southwest Colorado

Colorado's golden Aspens

Colorado's golden Aspens

Near Silverton, Colorado

Near Silverton, Colorado

Have you ever seen a hillside so ablaze with color??

Have you ever seen a hillside so ablaze with color??

West Elk Wilderness

West Elk Wilderness

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The Jewel Box

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Here in the Midwest, it seems that we are always having a weather identity crisis.  One day it will be 75 degrees and sunny and then snow and fierce wind the next.  But if the tulips at the Jewel Box in St. Louis are any indication, it seems that spring has finally sprung!  Don't the tulips themselves remind you of little jewels dotting the landscape?  Wishing you all a blessed Easter and a happy spring!

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To The Sea

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a lake with my family.  We're not just talking about any old lake here - we're talking one of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan.  Lake Michigan is (of course) great and absolutely huge.  There are miles of beautiful beaches stretched along its shore.  The Midwest is not what comes to mind when thinking about beautiful beaches, but trust me, it has plenty.  We were fortunate enough to have access to a private beach.  It was so relaxing to sprawl out and have the space almost completely to ourselves.  I don't know if there is anything better than watching the crashing waves, digging your toes in the sand, having beach bonfires at night and doing it all with the people you love.  Oh, and photographing it all. :)

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Antelope Canyon

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Once when visiting Arizona, I was able to go to the gorgeous slot canyon known as Antelope Canyon.  I had the great privilege of exploring the canyon with the Native American family that now owns the land.  After a very(!) bumpy ride through the desert in an old truck, we reached the canyon and the family led me into this amazing natural wonder. As we explored, they explained the names that had been given to the different rock formations.  While they spoke, all of the scenes around me seemed to take on a life-like quality.  I could clearly see the "dragon" and "man's face" they spoke of.   

Antelope Canyon is a photographer's dream.  My hosts let me borrow their tripod and I snapped away on my film SLR.  Film allowed the colors and gritty feel of the canyon to shine through.  My guides climbed the rocks and perched themselves high above - and just watched me work.  After doing what felt like gymnastics to get the perfect shots, I was reluctant to leave the canyon.  What a magical, inspiring place.  I'm so thankful to my hosts for allowing me to experience this natural wonder in such an intimate and personal way!  

Entrance to the canyon

Entrance to the canyon

Deep within the canyon

Deep within the canyon

"The Corkscrew" or "Man's Face" 

"The Corkscrew" or "Man's Face" 

The walls of the canyon almost looked lunar

The walls of the canyon almost looked lunar

 "The Dragon"

 "The Dragon"

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