Chain Guard

ChainGuard

This bike caught my eye for a couple reasons: The patina on the chain guard represents years of utilitarian use for commuting through the elements and the chain guard in and of itself. This chain is encapsulated as to not get any grease on your slacks while you are riding to work or home from the store. A feature you don’t find on modern bikes because it would weigh too much. These photographs speak to me because they represent the modern day incarnations of the history of the bicycle.

 

Worship – Florence Italy

Bike Worship

This scene was fun for me because of the utilitarian commuter bike that I love to photograph and the candle that was lit for a completely different reason (a street festival) that made this scene look as if someone lit a candle to honor this time tested bicycle.

 

The Black Bike – Cinque Terre Italy

BlackBike

While this bicycle looks like it’s in Asia, it was actually parked underneath a bridge next to a beach in the national (and world) historic region of Cinque Terre Italy. That was what attracted me to this scene was the irony. I love the fact glyph graffiti is not in Italian which gives it that feel.

Why do I have pictures of bicycles in my gallery? I love bicycles. These pictures represent a modern day incarnation of the history of the bicycle for me. While I lust after the whiz bang carbon fiber road bikes and full suspension mountain bikes that are ridiculously priced and ridiculously fun to ride, I love what these utilitarian commuter bikes represent. A way of life. I love the European utilitarian bicycle culture that has evolved from necessity. A simple mode of human transportation that enables people to navigate the narrow streets of compact medieval cities.

 

Peak Worship – Ute Valley Park – Colorado Springs, CO

Peak Worship

On a remote cliff band in Ute Valley City Park life struggles against the elements and rocky soil. I love photographing trees as I feel they have so much personality that is created by their environment. In this picture, I envision the tree taking in the sunset in awe of the “purple mountain majesty” that is Pikes Peak.

Ute Valley Park is a popular city park and a favorite recreation spot for locals in Colorado Springs. The land was originally donated in 1969 to be protected and kept open to the public. At 330 acres it isn’t the largest park in the city but in the peaceful central valley you feel a world away from the city. In 2015 an agreement was reached purchase 200 additional acres from HP snatching it out of the hands of awaiting developers. The resulting 530 acre park will make it one of the larger parks in the City and keep the open spaces for the public to enjoy for years to come.

 

Garden Of The Gods Sunset – Garden Of The Gods – Colorado Springs, CO

Garden Of The Gods Sunset

As a 20+ year resident of Colorado Springs it becomes easy to take your surroundings and local attractions for granted. With that in mind, I had become accustomed to putting away my camera every time we returned home from our travels to go back into “work” mode. Recently, I have spent more time trying to rediscover the natural beauty that surrounds me daily and capture it through the eye of my lens.

Garden Of The Gods is a 480 acre city park that received its name in 1859 while 2 surveyors were scouting the area for a new town site that is Old Colorado City today. The area was purchased by Charles Elliot Perkins with the intent to be a summer home that was never realized and Perkins decided it needed to be a public park for all to enjoy. It was officially donated to the city of Colorado Springs by Perkins’ next of kin in 1909. It has been named one of the most visually inspiring places in the United States and is a main attraction for locals and tourists alike in Colorado Springs.

 

Hoo Doo’s At Sunset – Garden of The Gods – Colorado Springs, CO

Hoo Doo Sunset

This location is an off trail location in the center of Garden Of The Gods. With so many interesting sandstone rock formations all around the park, it’s easy to find a subject to stand in for one of our gorgeous Colorado sunsets.

Garden Of The Gods is a 480 acre city park that received its name in 1859 while 2 surveyors were scouting the area for a new town site that is Old Colorado City today. The area was purchased by Charles Elliot Perkins with the intent to be a summer home that was never realized and Perkins decided it needed to be a public park for all to enjoy. It was officially donated to the city of Colorado Springs by Perkins’ next of kin in 1909. It has been named one of the most visually inspiring places in the United States and is a main attraction for locals and tourists alike in Colorado Springs.

 

The Castle Window – Castello de Vide – Portugal

The Castle Window

In the hillsides of eastern Portugal (just west of Spain) lies a small walled city that time has left behind: Castello De Vide. While it is unknown exactly when this area was settled, there is written history dating back to the 1200’s. This sleepy town still largely operates as it has for centuries with community markets and festivals celebrating Portugal’s glorious history. Portugal is dotted with these stronghold cities that are leftovers of their vast wealth and empire dating back to when they ruled the seas and all the trade and wealth that went along with that distinction.

Port De Nuit

This image captures the essence of the harbor of Honfleur at night. While strolling through the city center you smell the seaside air, hear the Boats gently rocking in the placid harbor, and peer through the night to admire the dimly lit architecture.

The small sheltered harbor of Honfleur is a timewarp into the past of France’s seafaring history. Very narrow yet tall buildings of the town square were built in a time when France charged property taxes based on the footprint of your home. So instead of building out, local residents built up.

From Wikipedia:

Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Its inhabitants are called Honfleurais.
It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement. The Sainte-Catherine church, which has a bell tower separate from the principal building, is the largest church made out of wood in France.

South Island Sunset

WestCoastSunset copy

New Zealand is is a country of vast open spaces and is largely un-populated. The country’s  makeup is small towns strung together by twisting mountain roads and one lane bridges. The rugged west coast of the South Island is predominately undeveloped with a single 2 lane road clinging for life to the mountainside cliffs. This image is looking west from the volcanic shores of the south island. Extraordinary to be sure…but an everyday sight for the locals.

From Wikipedia: New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life; most notable are the large number of unique bird species. The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions.

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Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.

Tour Eiffel Illuminee

Eiffel Tower Illuminated

The Eiffel Tower needs no introduction. The sentinel of Paris, it’s visible from almost anywhere from miles around. At night, on the hour, the Eiffel Tower is illuminated by countless flashing strobes creating a mystique that only enhances the romance of Paris at night.

From Wikipedia:

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris[10] and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-floor building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17 feet (5.2 m). Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.

The Eiffel Tower (French: La Tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl]) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris[10] and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 7.1 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.The tower stands 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-floor building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. Because of the addition of the antenna atop the Eiffel Tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 17 feet (5.2 m). Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, after the Millau Viaduct.

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of ordering a print, please contact me for details.

Notes: These are low resolution images and I apologize for the watermark signature on my photographs as I feel it detracts from enjoying the image. However, with the ease of image piracy on-line they are necessary evils. You may also want to read my color post as images can be very different from what you see on the monitor.