A collective of Colorado's wildflowers. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Summers Simple Pleasures

The clouds above moved gently from the breath of summers breeze. Cloud shadows cast overtop the landscape shifting the perspective with each gust and carrying faint scents of hardy foliage. The sun was rising overhead blanketing the earth in its warmth, ascending in the sky, as we were ascending the mountain one purposeful step at a time. Nothing but the sounds of the winds whispers and my camera’s shutter. The best sounds. Flowers reached out to the blue sky- begging for rain- but bowing in gratitude to the light. “Survival can be a struggle” I note. One that ebbs and…

Hiking Cinnamon Mountain in Crested Butte, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Cinnamon Mountain Summit, Colorado

Late last week we made the trek to the summit of Cinnamon Mountain once again. After four trips to the peak I’ve still not grown weary of it. It sits nestled within Paradise Divide, enveloped by striking Rocky Mountains, blanketed in rich foliage and fragrant native wildflowers.  Despite the drought or perhaps because of it the flowers were in full bloom. There were no shortage of lupines, purple aster, columbines, osha, and a vast variety of paintbrushes. You may recognize Cinnamon Mountain from  Hiking Mountains at 55+ when we took my mom on her very first peak hike. What a memorable…

Summer Solstice from Paradise Divide, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Paradise Divide Sunset, Colorado

On the first day of Summer and the day that graces us with the longest daylights hours we left work just before dusk to chase the solstice light. There was no guarantee I would capture anything but a memory which would have been more than enough. We were exhausted, burned out from too much labor and not enough play or even sleep. We didn’t even have a location in mind so we just drove. Drove down a dirt road with no destination. We’re beyond lucky in that way, to be able to have dirt roads within reach, mountains one can…

The Caves, Colorado. ©Victoria Lise 2018.

Spring Landscapes Crested Butte, Colorado

Happy week-ending my friends! I hope Spring has greeted you with sunshine and awakened excitement for brighter, longer days ahead. The end of March and start of April have been dismal and gloomy here on the western slope of Colorado. Overcast skies, full-bodied clouds, and the occasional sliver of Grandfather Sun- the daily outfit of our 2018 spring season. However, the blue birds have once again graced us with their ethereal presence, the prairie dogs can be seen frolicking throughout the sage brush, and the attractive scent of fertility is dispersed pleasantly throughout the valley. All the signs of Earth’s…

The focused stare of a hunting dog. ©Victoria Lise

Dog of The Mountains

Styx (our dog) is an absolute beauty to watch let alone, photograph. He looks more wild than he does like a domesticated house dog and when he’s unleashed and free to explore his primal, primitive intuitions are exposed. He becomes a part of the landscape, a native to nature and the natural world around him. He moves like a gazelle, hunts like a coyote, traverses mountain edges like an alpine goat,  and protects his pack like a wolf. Did I mention he does yoga? When we adopted Styx he was so afraid of water. He would cry at the water’s…

Lydia Stern & Victoria Lise Red Lady Ball.

Red Lady Salvation Ball

Hi my friends! After an unexpected absence from the blogosphere I am thrilled to be here again. February has proved to be a jam-jelly-packed month from celebrations, visiting friends, to simply keeping up with day-to-day life. Last weekend we attended the 41st Annual Red Lady Salvation Ball and honored the beloved mountain that rises over our town as well as the people who protect it. Red Lady also known as Mt. Emmons has been under threat of a molybdenum mine for many years but because of the dedicated individuals and long-standing efforts of  High Country Conservation Advocates  Red Lady has remained…