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23 June 2017

Skywatch Friday

Last week I went to Lakewood, part of the Denver metro area, to do some engagement portraits at Belmar Park and the Lakewood Heritage Center. I remember having done engagement portraits there before, some time ago, but it had been so long that I'd forgotten what a cool place it is! The Lakewood Heritage Center (right next to the park) is a museum dedicated to 20th century, historically Lakewood-specific artifacts. Part of their permanent collection includes several lovingly restored old buildings from the early to mid-twentieth century. I loooooove Mid-Century Modern, and if you're a regular reader of this blog, you know how I feel about Art Déco -- I can't get enough! So it was a real treat to rediscover Belmar Park and do some portraits there. Between shots of my clients Melanie and Ben, I was able to get a few snaps of the buildings for you. One of these days I'll have to go back there when I'm not on a photography job and just enjoy all this great stuff.

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The white building in the background is a tiny old hotel. You can peer through the windows to see the rooms decorated in 1950s décor, including a cool old TV. In the foreground is an Art Déco era beauty shop with gorgeous, wrap-around glass brick. It's outstanding!
The small building on the right is a diner. Looking in the plate glass window, you can see the typical diner counter, complete with ketchup and mustard bottles, chrome stools, the whole nine yards. It's perfectly staged and looks exactly how you'd imagine an old diner would have looked in the 1940s. The Heritage Center has acquired another old diner, which has been placed across the street from these buildings (just outside the frame of this photo). It has yet to be restored but I can tell it's going to be the coolest thing ever once it's been spiffed up.
Another view of the hotel. There is apparently also an old barn and maybe even a farmhouse in the collection, but I wasn't able to photograph them. Next time!
The hotel sign does light up at night.
And last but not least, this silly goose, who fearlessly approached us at the lake and was clearly miffed when we didn't have snacks to offer him! If looks could kill! 😉

22 June 2017

Fake-bearded busker

I've been noticing this guy quite a lot lately downtown. He's usually sitting in the vicinity of Busy Corner, playing his guitar for tips. And for some reason he always wears the most obviously fake beard I've ever seen. Very strange indeed!

21 June 2017

P.S. Lounge

This cool sign is in Denver on Colfax Street. It's even better by night, as you can probably imagine. I just love the groovy font!

20 June 2017

My civic duty, or something like that

Last month I went to a public county commissioners meeting at Centennial Hall because they were discussing an issue that was important to me. I wouldn't say it was the most exciting experience I've had lately, but it was an interesting process. I did think to get a picture but then completely forgot to blog it until now! They guy at the podium is (I think) our county clerk. This is democracy in progress -- the nuts and bolts of our government, starting at the local level, and it's important to stay informed!

19 June 2017


There's something about the idea of a baseball diamond in summer. Blue skies, green grass, trees waving in the breeze. It's positively bucolic, especially the one in Monument Valley, Park if you ask me. Aaaah, summer!

18 June 2017

Sunday Style!

On Thursday I grabbed some lunch on the go in between errands, and while I was waiting for my order I noticed this cute gal hard at work. Working in a restaurant is sweaty and stressful, but Shianne looked fresh as a daisy and stylish to boot! Great hair, great blouse (love that blue), great shoes! I got a couple of pictures of her as I left. She's adorable!

17 June 2017

A hike to the top of Pulpit Rock

I finally made it to the top of Pulpit Rock, a hike I've been planning to complete for some time now. A few days ago I met my friend Charron at the trailhead and we had a nice walk. I wouldn't say it was easy, but it wasn't too difficult either. If you plan on doing it, I recommend wearing hiking shoes or boots, not sneakers, because it does get steep and the terrain is alternately rough and sandy. You'll need good tread on your soles. And don't forget to wear sunblock!

Here are my favorite pictures from the hike. Enjoy!
There were a few families making the hike. It's not too difficult of a trail. Even a little kid can do it.
Almost there! Nice view!
I was a little dismayed to finally reach the top only to find this graffiti. Bummer! But it's a big rock and this is just a small area. Hopefully the graffiti can be removed sometime soon.
I did not actually go to the very top, where this guy is standing (I'm afraid of heights). He was using a pickax to chip graffiti out of the rock, apparently. I don't know if he was doing more harm than good, but his heart was in the right place.
The view to the west.
Pulpit Rock self portrait!
Here's a pano of several shots put together in Photoshop.
The view to the east.
The view to the south.