Not Just Another Pretty Picture


Panorama at Franz Lake

I have been living in the Upper Arkansas River Valley for about eight years now. I never tire of the views that capture my eye when I look up – when I’m out and about or when I’m at home:)

Sunset from my studio

Sunset from my studio

Yesterday my husband and I took a break from wrapping our holiday care packages to wander along the river to Franz Lake. The views, especially after the fresh snow, did not disappoint me.

Along a new section of trail en-route to Franz Lake

Along the new section of trail en-route to Franz Lake


With an eye on the Sawatch Range — at Franz Lake


Looking North at Mt Princeton, with the 365 foot historic smelter tower, peaking through the trees, on the right.

All this to say — I never think of my views as just another pretty picture.

All I need do is look up to be reminded of the beauty that surrounds me. This earth, and the little corner where I live, is absolutely amazing.

Where do you find beauty when you look up?





P.S. The holidays are upon us, and I’ll be stepping away from the online world for a bit. I hope to share one more post — about the exploring in planning I’ve been doing for the coming year. If I don’t make it back before the new year though, I’m wishing you a wonderful return to the light. And I’ll be back in the new year with renewed energy.

P.S.S. I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of the adventures we have planned in the next few weeks on Instagram. I’d love for you to visit me there:


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