10 on 10 || february

It doesn’t take long getting into a new year for me to start longing for a trip. A vacation. An adventure. A grand sojourn through hill and dale, wild and wonder, over the mountains and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go. Sadly it will be a few more months before I can cash in on this longing, but I stoked the fire a bit when I visited the new and beautiful Union Station here in Denver. I have visited the fresh-of-face train depot a number of times since it reopened last July, and I’ve loved it on every occasion. It’s swoon-worthy, truly. There’s nothing quite like imagining oneself hopping a train to land unknown, old-timey luggage in hand, scarves fluttering, a letter clutched in one’s pocketbook. If you’ve ever wanted to pretend to be a 1940s starlet, don your best ensemble and get yourself down there. In fact, I’ll go with you and we will grab a cocktail and then read great literature while lounging in the classy hall. Gentleman, if you have a fedora you can come too. Everyone grab your calendars and let’s pick a date. I’ll wait.

…and until then, here are some photos of our fair station for this month’s 10-on-10 installment. Visit my pals-in-arms for our monthly collaborative series, then scroll on down for some train depot fun.

 

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a medieval city || prague

You know that question, “If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?” For years my answer was prompt and final: Prague. I suppose this unfailing need to see golden Prague — zlata Praha, or so I read somewhere — started when I was watching the Travel Channel many moons ago. In this particular show, Samantha Brown visits a restaurant in Prague called, Cafe Imperial. According to Zdeněk Jirotka, a Czech writer and humorist, there are three kinds of people in the world, easily classified by how they behave when confronted by a plate stacked high with day-old doughnuts. The first kind of person will simply stare at the doughnuts, the second will see the stale pastries and secretly imagine how it would feel to throw them about, and the third will be the sort “for whom the idea of a doughnut whistling through the air is such an enticement that they get up and actually make it happen.” Don’t we all sort of wish we had that sort of gall? Well, Cafe Imperial used to make such dreams come true, and in this episode, Samantha Brown was there to investigate. At the time it was possible for one to buy a stack of stale doughnuts and throw them around the restaurant at one’s fellow patrons with nary a consequence. And when I witnessed this act of culinary cheekiness, I remember thinking that if such a magical place existed in the world, I had to see it.

In November we had the opportunity to travel across the grand old pond to Europe. (Hey, if the Atlantic gets to the be “the pond,” what does the Pacific get as a nifty nickname? The puddle. The pool. The lagoon? Someone get on this please.) We spent a week traveling through the wilds of Berlin and Prague. Dan flew out to Germany before I did for a workshop, so I made the jump myself a week later. We technically spent that first night in Berlin, but we got up on the early side, lifted a copy of the International New York Times, ate some fancy breakfast buffet items and hopped a train to Prague. Which is where this tale shall truly begin.

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Above /// on the train from Berlin to Prague

Below /// a tram in Prague that will run you over, so pay attention

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Above /// the John Lennon wall

Below /// my travel companion looking impish; Prague Castle looming in the distance

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Above /// scenes from the Charles Bridge; tradition says that if you touch the plaque and make a wish, you will be granted good luck and guarantee your one-day return to Prague

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Above /// an astronomical clock dating to the 1400s

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In the end, we never did throw stale doughnuts at anyone. The Cafe Imperial eventually did away with the option altogether. I imagine locals and tourists alike were not terribly thrilled with airborne pastries flying about haphazardly (as if there’s any other way for a doughnut to fly). But magic still existed within this golden, medieval city that I had so frequently imagined. It felt untouched, preserved. Escaping utter destruction during World War II, it’s a city that carries its centuries between every brick and red-roofed tile. In visiting this place, you feel that it isn’t so much a part of your story, but rather that you are but a footnote to its own.

You’re beautiful, Prague. Never change.

in review || 2014 YourHub photos

We are nearly twenty days into the shiny new year of 2015. And here for you I present (finally), a little review of the photos I shot for YourHub in 2014. Better late than never. It’s a Monday, so let’s be glass-half-full kind of people and say, at least we haven’t greeted the month of February already! (Is anyone shocked by my tardiness on this cause though? It’s not like we haven’t seen this before.)

I was talking with a colleague last week about YourHub, and my position as a photographer who spends her days working on the hyper-local level of journalism. It isn’t always glamorous in the way I think some people envision this line of work must be, and the stories don’t always get the flashy attention treatment that we see pop up on all our varied social outlets day after day. But in all honesty,  that is what I love about my job. There is tremendous authenticity with the people I meet. They are eager to share their stories, to play a part, to make a difference, to live in these communities they cherish. And I cherish the small role I get to play in their lives.

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Skyler Weekes founded Rocky Mountain Barrel Company in 2010.

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is developing a 10-year operational master plan that aims to bring improved visibility and access to the refuge, located in Commerce City, Colorado.

The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory hosts a series of summer camps fro kids to learn about ecology in Brighton, Colorado.

Kim Taha opened Taha Suri Alpaca Ranch two years ago, and raises just over a dozen alpacas on her property in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado.

Aurora currently has 14 community gardens, and is working on developing eight more to open to the public. The city is also looking to obtain more land to develop into more community gardens in the future.

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The Tales to Tails literacy program allows children to read to a certified therapy dog, helping reluctant readers gain more confidence at Anythink Wright Farms in Thornton, Colorado.

Maddie and Lakayla Vincent will participate in the Arapahoe County Fair, which starts on July 24.

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To see a broader edit of photos both I and my partner, Seth McConnell, shot in 2014, visit our full “best of” gallery. Thanks, all.

10 on 10 || january

Hey, hey, party people. (That’s just something new I’m trying out for this year. It’s also something I’ve decided to no longer try out for this year. Live and learn.)

It’s time for your favorite feature, our monthly installment of 10-on-10. Let’s start with the list of our fair comrades.

 

I decided to make this month’s post a whole hat tip and salute to the last day of last year, December 31, New Year’s Eve. The one and only. We had the great fortune of being only an hour away from New York City this year, so decided to do it up right and head into the city for the celebration. We booked a hotel room (rewards points for the win!), got train tickets, and trekked on in…

…with about 700 million other people. But I suppose that’s to be expected. We skirted around Times Square with great care, ate some delicious steak in a restaurant that dates back to the 1880s and hangs clay pipes on its ceiling (Buffalo Bill Cody used to frequent the establishment; Colorado west shout out!), then descended into the depths of the city to party with the mole people. Or to catch a subway to Brooklyn. One or the other. You can decide, “Choose Your Own Adventure” style. We saw old friends, popped some champagne, talked about records and turn tables and puppies. It was a really charming way to ring in 2015. Here are some photos! Ten photos to be precise, because that is how it works.

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This was our view at the hotel. Seriously, I thought we stepped into a dream. Gotta love those rewards points programs. (And husbands who wrangle all the info about said rewards points programs so I don’t have to.)

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We almost didn’t make it to midnight.

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Midnight! We made it! 2015!

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And finally, the first light of the new year. I hope you all have an adventurous, happy 2015.

to be resolute…or not || happy new year

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Happy New Year! It’s only January 5, so still counts. You have until the end of week one of any given new year to wish people a Happy New Year, before you’re officially out of vogue. A social faux pas that I actually read about in Vogue if you can believe it. Which you shouldn’t, because I made it all up.

….let’s start over….

Happy New Year! Dan and I have returned from the east coast. We spent the last week venturing around his home town — and were even brave enough to venture into New York City on New Year’s Eve while I had a head cold (more on that later) — sleeping in, eating pizza and bagels, and visiting with friends and family. It was a pretty nice way to give a final salute to 2014. I have a 10-on-10 post coming up with photos and tales from those travels, but first I wanted to check in and say hey, hi and hello to you all. It’s been too long. I go back and forth on whether I’m a New Year’s Resolution kind of person (because I think any day is a good day to decide to embark on new goals and personal development, why does it have to happen because the calendar changes over?), but despite that indecision I am going to attempt to renew my blogging efforts in 2015. The past several months have not been prolific ones for my ol’ blog here, and that makes me a little sad. So prepare yourself for a few end-of-2014 posts, best-of-2014 posts, a little recap of our November trip to Berlin and Prague (I’m so terribly behind, dear ones), et al.

So hang tight, everyone! And enjoy this frosted window pane photo I snapped during a deep freeze at our house.

High fives for good luck! (It may be time to step away from the leftover Christmas sweets that are overflowing around the office today…)