Month: July 2015

How to Make An Author Cry

How do you make a debut author cry? My publisher did that today–but in a good way. I opened an email and saw my book’s cover for the first time. As a new author, it’s a little overwhelming and a whole lot of wonderful….

Wildflower Bonanza

It’s wildflower season in the high country! A bouquet bonanza, plethora of posies, flood of flowers. Scoping out the flowers. Shooting stars. The tiny, wonderful elephant head flowers. Yes, there are wild elephants in the mountains and they’re pink! Columbine, the Colorado state flower….

Polly’s Paws

Puppy pics! Who doesn’t love puppy pics, especially when they have gigantic, awkward, wonderful paws?  Yes, believe it or not, there was a time when Polly was little, except those paws–they were never small. 8 weeks old Look how much they grew in the following weeks….

Polly Goes Hiking

Polly and I went for a nice hike yesterday. At 12,000 feet elevation, the sun was warm and the breeze was cool. There were enough drifting clouds to liven up the Colorado blue sky. The wildflowers are just coming on at that elevation, so…

A Day in the Life

Polly is enjoying summer. She found some pretty sunflowers. She played and played and played. My little old lady Rat Terrier, Gyp, wasn’t overly impressed.   Roadtrip! Yes, a Great Dane will fit in a Geo Tracker. And she loves it! Posed for a…

Life Among the Boulders–Inspiration for the Lens and the Keyboard

An afternoon spent sitting quietly among the rocks pays big dividends for the camera. It refreshes body, mind and soul, and provides inspiration for my writing. A western scene? No better place than the Colorado high country. A romance? A perfect place for lovers to find…

Great Dane Advice for Summer

Polly says humans are too busy during the summer. Kids camps and activities, travel, parties, running here and running there. She recommends slowing down long enough to smell the flowers. Great advice from a pretty great Dane. Enjoy your summer, and stop to smell…

Rocky Mountain Columbines

The Rocky Mountain Columbine (Columbine Aquilegia caerulea) was voted the official state flower of Colorado in 1899 by Colorado school children. This flower has Colorado written all over it: the blue petals represent the sky, the white cup represents snow, and the yellow center represent Colorado’s gold mining history. In 1915,…

Colorado Wildflowers

It’s summer in the Colorado high country and that means soaring mountains, dramatic skies and wildflowers! Spent a beautiful morning taking it all in. Elk chews on aspen bark and flowers. I took this shot of a lovely grassy stream and my husband said, “Hey look!…

Bighorn Littlehorn

Today my husband and I were privileged to spend some time with these Rocky Mountain Bighorn ewes and two young lambs. The shedding ewes were pawing the soil and licking it, no doubt finding much needed minerals. The lambs were just having fun. Bighorn…