The leaves ARE changing! It might be later than usual but nature stayed true.
Take the drive on hwy 14 out of Ft. Collins west through #poudrecanyon that follows the river. There’s a lot to see and even though a lot of forest has been burned in the past, the leaves happen further up towards Cameron Pass. —-> Remember when you’re out leaf peeping, be courteous of drivers in a hurry; pull over so they can pass.
• How well do you handle change? Historically, I would do almost anything to avoid it, unless it was driven by my own decisions. Doing “what I had always done” was preferable, even if it made me miserable.
• Since I launched on Instagram, my life has been a roller coaster of change, and my life challenge has been to accept it. “Roll with the punches” they say. Not with a grudge, but willingly. Not always with joy, but with acceptance. At at times, with the ability to take the bull by the horns.
• As it goes, my 2019 has been absolutely nothing I envisioned. If it were up to me, I’d be happily hiking any secluded mountain trail, taking photographs, traveling, groaning that I can’t wake up for sunrise, and sharing all that with you. But when you give in to change, things don’t always go as you envisioned. This year has been one of those unexpected things after another.
• Literally as I write this very sentence, the airplane wheels detach from the ground. When I awoke yesterday morning, I had completely different plans for the weekend. Now, I’m feeling the mountain currents roughly shifting my fuselage-surround, side to side, as trees and houses shrink to the size of ants, dirt roads turn into preschool-esque scribbles, and the entire world beneath me turns into patches and odd shapes of shades of brown and dull green.
• Loss is a strange thing. And I’m sad. I’m really, really sad to say goodbye to someone so special to me, someone who literally changed the course of my life. Yet I’ve grown. I’m accepting. A tear leaves the corner of my eye, but I’m aware, it is time.
• I used to work hard to keep people in my life when the relationship or circumstance was out of my control. And I’ve learned; things are simply easier when you nod and accept. We can’t always choose. I’ve become able to walk away. Yes there is sadness. But I’m ok. I’m really ok.
• It took me a long time and a lot of anguish to understand change. But I have to tell you: life is sure easier when you do. I guess I’m finally growing up.
NEW Starbucks Healthier Alternative Recipe Below!!
Autumn is my favorite. I’ve Officially decided. The leaves, 🍂the spooky vibes. 👻 The scary movies. ☠️The pumpkins 🎃 the candles 🕯 The entering of seasonal drinks and recipes ☕️ and the blanket scarves🧣
In light of this! Here is a new healthier seasonal Sbucks alternative! My take on the Vanilla Pumpkin Nut latte from their secret menu. 😛
What to ask for:
. -Tall iced coffee/cold brew/iced americano (you choose)
-1 pump pumpkin
-1/2 pump vanilla
-1/2 pump toffee nut
-Add cream of your choice!
Was talking with my friend yesterday, and we both agreed we can be completely healthy in every area of our lives except one. Don’t try to take our coffees away from us 😛 Black ain’t the way to go. So we search for HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES to your average latte instead! It’s all about MODERATION. And I have experienced great success in my fitness and diet routine even with these small sugar sacrifices 😋
PS: Pic previewing from my fiancé’s thriller coming this fall 😎
There are two ways to get to the Colorado Trail from Silverton. The first is at the end of segment 24 at Molas Pass along the highway, and the second is a 6-mile ATV road straight up 3,000ft to Stony Pass. Shout out to myself for coming down from the ATV road last summer, those bonus miles were even more fun to hike up 🙄
When I first took this photo I was captivated by the soft golden hue of the sun setting, but now reflecting back I think about the story of this tree. It’s life began, it grew strong and tall. Heck, maybe it even felt invincible. But yet, here it lies on the forest floor. Maybe it was lightning the knocked it to the ground, maybe it was the pine beetle, but either way this tree’s life was no longer it’s own. It succumbed to the force of nature itself. Some may say the tree is dead, but what if it’s life is still serving a purpose? What forest creatures calls the old dead tree it’s home? Do the bears eat the beetles from the rotten roots? Soon, time will take it’s course and the tree will dissolve back into the ground, but yet isn’t this where it’s life began in the first place?
Sunrise photography is always a gamble and cloudless skies tend to make for boring photos. But the early bird usually gets the worm or in today's case, a pretty cool post-nightime/pre-sunrise shot, taken right as the city was coming to life. Good morning, Denver.
We pulled up to the campground at Lake Molas and I couldn't believe my eyes. It was the most beautiful place I had ever visited. I waited for a long time on that first night to get an image of the stars over the lake, but the clouds never parted. This was the view the other direction... And my first astrophotography post with an Olympus camera
The first hint of color is hitting the trees, the smell of pumpkin spice is wafting through the air and suddenly my closet is full of flannels! I’ve actually never had a pumpkin spiced latte but there’s a first time for everything!