Colorado Trip–Paint Mines

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Near Calhan, Colorado, is a wonderful place we had never visited before.  Aunt Debbie and Uncle Dan invited us to visit the Paint Mines Interpretive Park with them.  The Paint Mines are clay formations in beautiful reds, yellows and white layers.  There are four miles of trails to explore that wind around caprock and hoodoos- a pillar of rock formed with softer rock on the bottom with a harder rock on top.

The mines are beautiful!  We had lots of places to explore and many colors to enjoy since we visited early on an overcast morning.  As the sun replaced the clouds, the colors faded and were not so vivid.  We left soon after.

We often get into Colorado near sunset.  I have already asked Allan that the next time we visit, could we please stop at the mines for our last rest stop.  I would love to explore them at dusk!

Experimenting

Bees on flowerMark and I have been experimenting with catching bees flying around flowers. We tease we need a “trained bee” that is taught to fly to a flower, pretend to collect pollen and then fly off before returning to the same flower.

We have learned a few lessons to make the pictures work.  I sat near this flower for about a half hour while the kids played watching a multitude of insects do their jobs. Observing them taught me a lot!  Hopefully, we can get out again so Mark has the chance to try another picture this year.

Autumn Waterfall

Waterfall

We started a photography class this fall. My Dad bought us a DVD that has many neat ideas that we will work on. Right now, we are traveling to different locations attempting to capture some colorful fall pictures.

The kids realize that each camera has its own strengths, but they all prefer mine.  When I see that someone has found a really neat picture idea, I let them borrow my good camera. I would love to see each child develop their own photographic style and be able to start a portfolio to use to encourage others.