Project Athena - Day 21 (Water)

Fountain of Dreams

Creativity is not something you wait for. It is something that waits for you. You must decide to be creative, not wait to be. You must challenge yourself. Pick up the brush. Grab hold of the camera. Turn on the computer. Start cooking the meal. Get to the workplace early. Propose the solution. Advance the idea. Become the answer. How do you suppose these very words were written by me? Do you think I have time to wait for “an inspiration”? I must be the inspiration. And so must you.
— Neale Donald Walsch

Today concludes the water theme with this picture of the fountain located at Civic Center Park in Loveland. There is something about a fountain that I find exhilarating. It's like an explosion of pure energy, reaching for the sky without a single thought or care about what is happening, what it may look like, or where it will land. In every moment, there is a different formation made from all the tiny drops of water that dance in mid-air. The camera allows me to capture just one of those moments.

Fountain at Loveland Civic Center Park

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 44mm • F/7.1 • 1/400s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 20 (Water)

Home Sweet Home!

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.
— Rumi

Back home in Loveland and feeling very grateful for everything, especially water. I have been wanting to photograph Lake Loveland for a long time because it is so beautiful in the early summer and every sunset is unique. Hope you enjoy this picture and if you live in the area, hope you can get out and enjoy the real thing.

Big smile.

Lake Loveland, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 26 mm • F/29 • 1/160s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 19 (Water)

Weeping Rocks

We’re all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.
— Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas
Mesa Verde National Park, Seep Spring    Nikon D3200

Mesa Verde National Park, Seep Spring

Nikon D3200

Wow! Such an amazing day crawling around the ruins and climbing ladders where the Ancestral Puebloans once lived.

Water was very scarce today. Amazingly, the residents of the alcoves who lived here over 700 years ago, had a continuous water source known as seep springs. These springs are found where the water emerges from the cliff face, directly above the shale layer. Our ranger and guide told us all the springs are very low this year. This was the only one where I found water.

Grateful for all I have experienced this day (and for not totally freaking out on the 30 foot ladder and requiring an emergency rescue.)

Smiling lots.

Project Athena - Day 18 (Water)

River of Souls

Wild rivers are earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.
— (Richard Bangs & Christian Kallen, River Gods)
 "Rio de las Animas" (River of Souls)         Nikon D3200

 "Rio de las Animas" (River of Souls)

Nikon D3200

A relaxing day in Durango, CO as I rafted down a mild stretch of the Animas River. The water was a cool 45 degrees and very refreshing. This was taken from a foot bridge that spans the river. I saw canoes, kayaks, rafts, and tubes today along with a few fun homemade crafts. I could get used to living here, easily.

Project Athena - Day 17 (Water)

Beauty Abounds In Southern Colorado


Pickerton Hot Springs Mineral Mound, Durango, CO    Nikon D3200

Pickerton Hot Springs Mineral Mound, Durango, CO

Nikon D3200

This bubbling hot springs, creating a gorgeous mound of rock and minerals, captured my eye today....along with amazing gorges, more waterfalls and pristine mountain lakes. I traveled from Durango to Silverton today on the Narrow Guage Train. The scenery was spectacular and the whole experience was one I will not soon forget. Hundreds of pictures were taken...some may even be portfolio worthy. Can't wait to see how the water theme plays out in Mesa Verde tomorrow. Til then...I'm smiling still.

Project Athena - Day 16 (Water)

What Fantasies are Made Of

Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth.This shows clearly the priniciple of softness over coming hardness.
— Lao Tzu

I saw over a dozen waterfalls today, all of them beautiful and unique. The day was a continuous scenic masterpiece from Ouray to Durango. It was truly breath taking.

Cascade Falls, Ouray, CO    Nikon D3200

Cascade Falls, Ouray, CO

Nikon D3200

Project Athena - Day 15 (Water)

Being in Flow

May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Welcome to the new theme of water this week as I road trip through the southern region Of Colorado for a week. It feels like water chose itself for the theme this week and it reminds me to relax and go with the flow. 

Smiling and sending a big warm hug from Ouray. 

Box Canyon, Ouray, CO    Nikon D3200

Box Canyon, Ouray, CO

Nikon D3200