Hey friends! How are you all? Well I hope! We are finally feeling winter temperatures here in Colorado leaving us below freezing during the peak of day and leaving me lusting for warmth. Late last fall my husband, dog, and I ventured out to stoke a fire one of many evenings. It is one of our favorite fall festivities that we keep ignited until the snow is much to plentiful, leaving the trek to our most coveted spots out of reach. We have our choosing with a number of dirt roads that lead deeper into the mountains and further away from the civilization of our growing yet beloved 9 block town. Most of the visitors had made their way back home at this point, just a few friendly hunters remained, it was quiet and peaceful. A perfect time to disconnect and reconnect. And play around with my camera in the dusk and dark.
I’ve always been fascinated by fire embers and was enamored when I set the camera to capture what my eye was seeing in the moment. The warmth the fire emits even in photos is captivating and fitting I suppose with the incredibly frigid temperatures that have been widespread across the U.S.A this winter, in particular the east coast and mid-west. It breaks my heart knowing animals and humans alike fall victim to wicked weather, too many without shelter from harsh conditions. It just shouldn’t be. It honestly aches my heart to tears some nights to think of the despair others endure. And because I don’t always know how exactly I can (effectively) help I find myself consistently asking to be led to be of service.
Yesterday I was given the opportunity in a person with a sign that read “Will work for food”. It’s not everyday you see someone this far out who is openly in need. We left him with a couple of sandwiches, some hot soup, and a phone number as we own a business that could provide him a little work. It was the very least we could do. It also made me wonder if there is shelter for people without homes or in transition in my community to which I’ve not found a concrete answer to. It is important for me to find out though. This was not necessarily what the context of this post was going to be about but it would be disingenuous of me to glaze over these matters of my mind and heart while it also went hand in hand with sharing the warmth.
On a different occasion but at the same location I set up the tripod in great anticipation to play with the stars and the camera. While Styx (our dog) roamed free and the coyotes howled in the distance, I patiently waited for the shutter to sound and release. Having never played around with the camera at night other than for super moons when the stars aren’t nearly as visible, I was thrilled to see my completely unfocused, unrefined shots of the night sky. Although I long to capture the milky way in perfect focus, these captures were incredibly exciting for me. Having grown up on the east coast with heavy light pollution I never saw a sky so doused in stars until I travelled west. I’ve been mesmerized ever since. And to think were all just one universal family operating under the same sky, wild right? Wildly, incredible!
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I hope you all are staying warm and comfortable wherever you are!
Thank you for joining me here and until next time..
Happy trails ♥