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26
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2013
6:59 pm

Awaiting the Waves

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The warm, welcoming light of sunrise strafes the rolling hills of Fort Logan National Cemetery and highlights a flag standing askew at a grave marker during the morning hours on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The flag wouldn't stay that way for long with over 400 volunteers making their way across the the 214 acres of the cemetery in waves to plant or fix flags at every grave marker at the cemetery just a couple hours later. Each grave site received one flag as a part of the Memorial Day weekend activities including a service on Monday. On Tuesday the flags will be picked up by volunteers and stored for the next event.

More photos on Monday.

 

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1
J
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N
2012
11:54 am

Memorial Day

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A little late but I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and that you remembered to pay respect to those veterans who were lost during war time. This photo was taken before the ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Memorial Day on May 28, 2012.

update 6-3-2012 1455: I added a gallery of photos from the ceremony. 

17
M
A
Y
2012
4:30 am

A Moment, A Memory, A Walk In the Woods

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During my trip to Echo Lake for a hike and some photography, I stumbled through the woods as I wondered around the lake. It was hard to tell where the path was. Snow still covered portions of the ground in late April, and some of it was still a couple feet deep. 

My ability to hike 10,000 plus elevation surprised me. The ground was primarily flat or had just a bit of elevation but I was going over trees and carrying my photo gear with me. I never felt out of breath or felt like I was straining, and I kept at it for a good hour.  

My feet plunged a foot or more deep into the snow at times as I went over snow embankments, and once my feet and gym shoes were thoroughly soaked, I decided to turn back. (I had forgotten to grab my hiking boots.) The light was starting to dwindle and my primary reason for coming to this spot was because I wanted to try some long exposure night photography. 

I followed my own trail back the best I could, and as I rounded a tree, I saw this sign standing about 7 feet off the ground. A memory of a loved one. I had this thought of a family gathering around the tree to say goodbye to their loved one. It may have hung at eye level 10 years ago, but today it was higher. And in 10 years it would be even higher. Slowly it could rise until it would be out of view to those wandering the path below. Not forgotten, but just out of sight. 

My own father passed away a few years ago, and his close friend scattered his ashes during a fishing trip to Lake Erie. My father loved to go fishing, and loved even more to go fishing with friends and family. 

I had said goodbye to him long before. He had donated his body to science, and for a year all the family knew was that his body was being used to teach and to learn from. A year later, we received his ashes back, and a while later one of his best friends took him on his last fishing trip.

I wonder how their family has changed. My own has changed so much in the years since my father passed. Nieces and nephews have grown, gotten married and started having kids. One has passed away. I've moved across country. One brother and his wife has had a child and seen much of the world. Another brother has brought up two beautiful nieces, one who is a bit of a runner which is also something my father enjoyed.  My sister and her family have seen changes too, and so has most of my family. Some changes bigger than others, but changes none the less.

I stood taking photos for a good few minutes- stared and studied the sign for a bit longer, and then I got on my way. I thank the family for allowing me to remember their loved one, as well as my own family and friends.

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J
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2012
6:55 pm

First Denver New Years Eve

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I spent my first Denver New Years Eve hanging out with a great bunch of people from the Denver Photo Walk group. We hung out at Diamon Hill Park to photograph the New Years Eve fireworks taking place downtown. It was a short eight minute fireworks display. And though I was hoping the fireworks would be a bit bigger and higher in the sky, it was fun getting out in the cold weather and enjoying the Denver skyline. From those who had seen previous year events it sounded like this firework display was a bit less lively and smaller.

This is probably the best photo I have from the night though there are a few others that I enjoyed too. I debated which color setting to use for post processing and ended up using the automatic setting that the camera created when I took the photograph. I like the yellow ting of the skyline with the purple and blue hues of the fireworks and the tower that is part of Elitch Gardens.

If you want to know more about the Denver Photo Walk group you can drop me a message or go to the Meetup.com website and do a search for Denver Photo Walk. (Or just click on the link in the first sentence of this post.)

 

28
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2011
3:58 pm

Open for Halloween

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Happy Halloween everyone! One of the first places I knew I wanted to stop and photograph in Denver, Colorado was when I drove past Flossy McGrews costume shop on  South Broadway. The outside is decorated like Halloween exploded all over it. There are a mixture of big and small pieces and if you are just driving buy or not paying attention as you walk by then you'll miss a ton of entertaining items. If the inside is anything like the outside it may be just too much for my brain to handle. According to yelp reviews of Flossy McGrews it also has a lot of other items to see beyond costumes.

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