Love the fall

My gosh, it’s November already! Although the weather here in Cheyenne has been on the cooler side for a few weeks now, it’s still amazing how time seem to have flown so fast this year.

But I love the fall. The color, the breeze (I can hear the wind howling and pounding on my windows as I write this) and of course, the snow flakes! We’ve had a couple of snow falls already in the past month and I look forward to many more.

Hate to say it though, but this is the time of year I tend to just laze around and do nothing. Just want to bundle up, have a mug of hot cholocate and be glued to the tube all weekend. So I, at least, tried to clear my conscience today by picking up the guitar and attempting to write a tune but… you know how I’ve been on that department lately. So, no progress there, unfortunately.

Lions Park in the SummerThen it just dawned on me, I still have a whole bunch of pictures that I took about 3 months ago. Maybe I could work on those. Do a little magic and put them up on the website. And so I did. The last set I put up was of some kids showing off their bike riding skills. This new one I’m putting up right now is of the park itself. Not a whole lot, just some interesting shots I thought I could inject some emotional value into. I enjoy doing that, by the way. Reason is because I really don’t use photography as a be-all-end-all medium. I’m no slave to f-stops, apertures and shutter speeds, even though I respect the rules. I simply decide whether I like something or not. I don’t have to go by what the specs tell me. The camera is just a tool for me to create a base for my end product, which is simply an image with a personal stamp on it. However I stamp it depends on how I wish to express myself at a particular moment. And it’s never the same way twice. But, painters are the same, aren’t they? Whatever works, I guess.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of sepia-toned photos. And sometimes, I would do a combo b/w and color effect to exaggerate the subject’s importance. Doing all this is very relaxing to me so I don’t mind putting in the effort when it’s called for. However, when a particular photo holds up on its own in my opinion, I just leave it alone. Work’s done there.

Anyhow, I just wanted plug in the new page. Check it out. Next time, I’ll work on the other set… a bunch of macro shots from the botanical garden here in town. Lots more on that one.

But as I said earlier, right now I just want to laze around… so I’ll do that for now, okay?

Of bikes and maté

The weather here in Cheyenne is gradually getting cooler and cooler these days. I was looking at my old mountain bike this morning. I used to ride it every night this past summer because it was too hot to ride during the day. Then I got lazy and stopped for a couple of weeks. Now, I guess I don’t have any excuses, do I?

Except, that I am busy writing something here… hello!

Chris drinking Yerba MatéAnyhow, here I am sipping French Roast when it should’ve been Yerba Maté. That’s right, it’s my preferred cup of tea. Or should I say, gourd of tea? After all, I drink it from the gourd like they do in Argentina. But, I ran out. Now, do I have to drive down to Denver to find some loose leaves? That’s a real bummer since it’s cold outside and all I want to do today is bundle up in front of the TV. Maybe they have it at the health store in the mall. Hopefully. I’ll go stop by later.

But hey, real quick, I just wanted to let you know I’ve got some new photos I took at the park this past few weekends. Yep, just passing time and enjoying the scenery. This bunch I’m putting up today is of some kids I met at Lions Park one weekend. They were waiting to participate in some BMX tournament that afteroon. They were so amused that I was taking pictures all over the park, they asked to be photographed while doing their “stunts.” Nice kids, so I obliged. It was just fun to hang out with them for awhile.

I have more photos to show but I’ll reserve them for later. But here’s the set with the kids on their BMX bikes. Enjoy this for now.

Meanwhile, my mountain bike’s giving me that look already. Should I oblige, you think?