Flowers · General

Walking in Flowers

As I’ve walked this past week, I’ve seen so many beautiful flowers.   Here are just a few of them.

The first two are Colorado Columbines.

Colorado Columbine
Colorado Columbine

I had fun editing this one and love the way it came out.

Columbine edited
Columbine edited

And finally, these Violas – or Johnny Jump-Ups.   I think they’re sweet.

 

 

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General · May 2014 · Uncategorized

True Hero

Today the biggest Memorial Day tribute in the United States took place at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.

It’s an annual event that takes place at noon every Memorial Day at the conclusion of the BolderBOULDER.

Unfortunately, in the last 5 months since pot became legal in Colorado, most of the focus in Colorado and the nation has been on that one subject.

Today, however, the focus was on veterans who have so bravely served and are still serving in our Armed Forces.

Two WWII veterans were especially honored today in Boulder, both having fought in the horrendous battle of Iwo Jima.  One of them, Jack Thurman, is a family friend.

Here are some  pictures of Jack that I took as we watched the whole event on TV.

So young…

Jack Thurman
Jack Thurman

On Iwo Jima…

On Iwo Jima
On Iwo Jima

After the long, bloody battle, Jack is on far left lifting his helmet high after the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima!

After the Flag was Raised
After the Flag was Raised

Below is Jack today – a true hero and a good man!

Thank you, Jack, and thank you to all our veterans!

Have you thanked a Vet today?

Jack today.
Jack today.

 

 

As My Camera Sees It · General · May 2014

Recycling At Its Best

Why not turn a once beautiful theater into a hustling, happening Indie bookstore?

That’s exactly what happened to the old Bonfils/Lowenstein Theater in Denver.   After closing in 1986 and sitting vacant for twenty years, Joyce Meskis, the owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store had a wonderful vision of the old theater as the new location for her fabulously successful Tattered Cover Book Store.  (The TC has been in business since 1971.)

In June of 2006, the Tattered Cover Book Store opened for business in its new location and continues showcasing new and/or local authors, selling new and used  books, and setting an example for just how well a little vision and creativity can create the ultimate recycled experience.

The Orchestra Pit
The Orchestra Pit

The old orchestra pit is now available for small group meetings or just to sit and enjoy perusing a good book!

Looking up to the old stage
Looking up to the old stage

This is the view looking up from the orchestra pit to what was the old stage.

The "Balcony"
The “Balcony”

The view above is looking the other way from the orchestra pit to the balcony.

I so admire people with the vision to create something new from something old that can be enjoyed and appreciated by many.

If you’re ever in Denver and want to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a fabulous collection of books, check out the Tattered Cover.  It’s a bibliophile’s heaven on earth!

Be sure to enjoy a virtual tour of the Tattered Cover Book Store here to get an even better “show” of this ultimate recycling venture.

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Wind!

And things that go bump in the night!

Wind
Wind
More Wind
More Wind

Wind and more wind in Colorado, for three days and nights.

Wind – and all those things that go “bump in the night” with 60+ mph gusts.   It makes me jumpy.

Sleeping.  Startled awake.  “What was that?”  (Gasp) Heart racing…..

Listen.  Listen harder.   Then another gust and another “bump.”  Nerves frayed.  Sleep deprived.  Jumpy and on-edge.

Springtime in Colorado.  Flowers blooming.  Wind howling.  The Good, The Lovely, and the Ugly.

Today, another day of wind.

Yet for all the annoyance, my complaints pale in significance to the suffering of many in Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and others living in Tornado Alley.

I’m only annoyed.  They’re devastated.  Everything is relative.

I can handle wind gusts in Colorado.   I can only pray for those experiencing tornadoes in other states.    Bless them all and save them from the horror of deadly bumps in the night.

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To Clone or Not to Clone?

Spring house-cleaning, painting, carpet-cleaners coming tomorrow, furniture delivery on Thursday, car issues, an online class, and more friends than I can ever remember at one time wanting to meet for lunch, dinner, coffee…. and Easter is nearly here!

I need a clone!!!

Perhaps one of the lovely redheads in this group picture  (in a store at Cherry Creek North) would be willing to help me out.  🙂

To clone or not to clone...
To clone or not to clone…
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More Signs of Spring

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” 
Robin Williams

I couldn’t agree more with Robin Williams.  The last few days here in Colorado have had a definite party atmosphere.

Or is it just that I’m knee-deep in spring house-cleaning, painting, and de-cluttering in preparation for an Easter party in just over one week???

Perhaps it’s a whole lot of both!

Whatever it is, I’m listening to the music from “Gladiator” as I type this and attack the massive de-cluttering project on my agenda for today.

In the meantime, back to my spring evening in Cherry Creek North!   Just click on the pictures for an enlarged view.

 

Trees in bloom!
Trees in bloom!

More trees – not in bloom, but growing on a rooftop!

Rooftop trees
Rooftop trees

Where to find old and rare books – The Hermitage Bookstore

Love this Bookstore
Love this Bookstore

And a gorgeous moon at sunset –

Lovely moon in April
Lovely moon in April

And what better way to end a lovely evening than Starbuck’s?

Starbuck's
Starbuck’s

 

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Glorious Spring Day…

… and glorious April evening.

Last night I met friends for dinner in an upscale part of Denver called Cherry Creek North.

Cherry Creek North
Cherry Creek North

There were lots of people and dogs out last night enjoying the beautiful evening and of course, respecting all the laws, including the laws regarding parking and parking meters!

Dog at the Parking Meter
Dog at the Parking Meter
Big Boy So Good
Big Boy So Good

Cherry Creek has a large shopping mall which is very upscale, though still a typical mall.

However, just across the street from the mall to the north there are many unique, quaint, and even quirky shops to enjoy.

Here are a few of the quaint shops that provide some interesting services for those with money, like wine delivery!   Click on the pictures to enlarge and see more clearly.

The Wizards Chest
The Wizards Chest
The Twisted Tulip
The Twisted Tulip
Wine Delivery
Wine Delivery

Cano’s Welsh Tea Shoppe serves exceptional tea, scones, lemon curd and shepherd’s pie.

Cano's Wonderful Tea
Cano’s Wonderful Tea

Crepes N Crepes is the small French restaurant where I met my friends.  We sat outside and enjoyed a gorgeous spring evening of great food and great company.

Crepes N Crepes
Crepes N Crepes
Dining Outside
Dining Outside

I had such a fun evening.  Tomorrow, I have even more pictures to share of Cherry  Creek.

If you’re ever in Denver, Cherry Creek  is a very fun, though often busy place to visit and enjoy – especially on a beautiful spring evening.