Category Archives: Photography

Visiting the Stanley Hotel

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The Shining ranks high on my list of favorite books as well as favorite movies, and when my family announced our trip would be to Colorado, I knew I had to visit the hotel where Stephen King drew all of his inspiration for such a horrifically amazing book.

The hotel was everything I imagined. Memorabilia of the movie was scattered about the hotel, photographs of animals that were spotted on the property during the midnight hours and a display of butterflies, all of which were dead. I’m not sure if this was done purposely, to create an eerie atmosphere, or if they all just happened to die at the same time.

The Stanley Hotel wasn’t all about horror- the vintage decor was gorgeous, the staircases kept my attention and the Steamers Cafe had amazing desserts.

The best part about the Stanley? Every television has one channel that continuously plays the Shining. xx

November

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November. A new month has arrived, however, I feel as though it’s a new year.

I feel I have grown the most in 2014. My goals, my inner happiness, my relationships, my love for the world and others, has grown exponentially. Usually on Sunday nights I would lay in bed stressed about Monday morning, but as I sit here calmly, completely in the moment, I know I am no longer the person I used to be. I look forward to what is ahead of me, and I no longer look at my past with regret; only for guidance.

Is this what it means to grow older? If so, I am looking forward to all of my upcoming years. xx

Adams Falls

Have you ever had a personal connection with nature? An overpowering, almost spiritual, connection? I’ve always loved nature, but today was the first time I felt an overwhelming connection to the natural state of life.

Adams Falls, hidden away in Rocky Mountain National Park, transformed me, if only for a moment. The water cascading down over rocks and enormous trees that had fallen from time. The known fact that the water was so much more powerful than you. It was the first time I had ever seen a waterfall.

The sound overpowered everything around me and all I could hear was peace; all I could see was beauty. Natural beauty, beauty untouched by human hands. The type of beauty that is forgotten in this day of technology- the day of filters, the day of photoshop, the day of altering everything around us. This waterfall, this piece of Earth, was beautiful, all by itself, it need not compete with the trees or foliage around it, merely complement it.

The metaphor, of course, that caused that one tear to brim my eye, was that of letting go and surrendering. Surrendering all of your vices, all of your pain, and letting them flow with the water, freeing you.

A place to say goodbye.

It would go against everything I spoke of to alter the photographs below, which is why I have not. Here is Adams Falls, in all of it’s glorious beauty.

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Colorado: the beginning

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After a 12 hour car ride, my family (minus my older brother!), James and I have finally arrived to Colorado for a nine day vacation in the wilderness. Well, mostly wilderness. Tomorrow we will travel to a log cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park. I cannot wait to spend the days immersed in nature. Hiking up mountains, breathing in the fresh air, drinking coffee on the porch overlooking the trees transforming into their fall selves as I transform into one with the leaves. My metaphors make no sense at this hour, for I am quite tired.

Expect many pictures xx

Halloween, where art thou?

Today I screamed while driving by a Spirt Halloween sign. After having a small discussion with James about why I shouldn’t scream when I’m driving a car because it may scare others in the car, I drove towards the sign. Upon arrival, disappointment set in that Spirit Halloween was not open. The sign lied. Since then (11 a.m.), my mind has been fixated on the haunting day, even more so than normal days, so I felt it was only appropriate to go back through my favorite photos from last Halloween.¬†kidders-second-halloween-026 the-pumpkin current-halloween-decor-005 kidders-halloween-celebration-047
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People en Espanol blogger luncheon

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I attended my first blogger event! It was amazing. People en Espanol will be holding their 3rd annual festival this weekend at the Convention Center and yesterday San Antonio bloggers got an exclusive look at the festival.

Victoria (www.forwardfaithfully.wordpress.com) and I drove to the Convention Center with absolutely no expectations. Having never attended any sort of blogger preview, I was excited and, of course, nervous of the unknown. As soon as we arrived and walked into a room with one large table with a few buffet style tables set up in the corners, I knew it was going to be an amazing luncheon. I could only compare it to the Women in the Arts luncheon Carrie and Samantha attended, but without the champagne and Big drama. Anyways, the menu consisted of chicken with spinach and mushrooms, fish with a white cream sauce and grapes accompanied by asparagus, potatoes and more deliciously cooked vegetables. My favorite part of the meal? The panacotta with a side of warm tea.

After feasting, we entered the festival area, where many displays were already upright. CoverGirl, Disney, Coca Cola and ESPN were a few booths I spotted. The pictures will explain everything. The Disney area was my favorite (and a PR home run) with multiple places to take photos with Mickey hands, Stitch hands and talking bubbles.

I’m hooked. I’m hooked on blogger events, luncheons, anything that brings together a group of amazing ladies with similar interests. Thank you People en Espanol, Disney and Coca Cola for showing me an amazing time.

Until my next luncheon, xx.