Nature really is its own artist...

Today we headed out to a small town in Colorado called Calhan, where the Painted Mines Interpretive Park can be found. This wonderful free location is a photographer's dream with scenic vistas, incredible colorful rock formations and lots of little wild plants. There is a well cleared trail that takes you around the entire park, up little hills and across plain land, and every step gives you another reason to snap a shot! The weather was perfect, with wonderful blue skies, a nice little breeze and perfect sunlight. Another place I can add to my "visit-again-very-soon list!"

Here are three from the many shots I took... beautiful place.

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© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

The Perfect Day...

I have been in Colorado now for just over two months and already it feels like home; I just LOVE this place. And today, I discovered more reasons to absolutely love it here as I had the privilege of being taken to visit a most wonderful and amazing place... Serenity Springs in Calhan, Colorado. This incredible charity-run location, is a sanctuary where big cats (and several other animals) that have been rescued from various different situations, are given a forever home and are lovingly cared for. I was part of a guided tour that was able to view many beautiful animals, many of which I had never seen in real life before, and it was just wonderful. Of course I had my camera with me, and below you can see three of my very favorite images. I hope to go back again soon, and to try and raise money for this wonderful charity, in some small way. If you are heading anywhere near, anytime soon, I can highly recommend a visit to this really awesome place. It made today a perfect day.

Three of my very favorites from the day...

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© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

© Catherine Lane 2014 - This image may not be saved/ copied or used in any form without my written permission

The Language Of Flowers...

Writing happens to be one of my other true passions, and of course my love for flowers means they very often appear in my shoots... today I combined both, along with some textures, for a beautiful nostalgic little shoot.

Freshly picked ranunculus and a vintage Remington... just heavenly.

Simply Easter...

It has been a while since I shared some photos from my stock shoots, so thought I would post a couple from an Easter shoot I did today. As with all my holiday celebrating, I prefer a very simple, understated approach, which is reflected in the images I shoot. Hope you like them :)

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Well, every day is the most wonderful time of the year, but around the holidays, everything does seem to feel a little more magical.

As my friends will know, I like very simple things, and the holidays are no exception. Here are a few minimal/simplistic holiday shots from a shoot I did earlier today... this is just the way I like my holiday decor :)

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Finding Beauty in the Simplest of Things...

I just love the simple beauty of Mother Nature's gifts, which I tried to capture in as minimalistic a set-up as I could for Thanksgiving... nothing but pure natural sunlight, beautiful blooms and some miniature pumpkins, but for me this is just perfect. 

What can I say, I do  flowers :)   

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They Say...

...never work with children or animals; today I worked with both, and it was wonderful. Here are a few shots from today's session. 

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Sugar and Spice...

... that's what little girls are made of, and this little girl is super sweet :)

Three from a recent shoot I shared with her mom. 

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I Heart Dogs...

... especially this beautiful doggy, who just happens to be the best and most loving doggy in the whole world :) 

My sweet doggy was a great model for a couple of test shots with the 85mm 1.4 lens. Wow, what a lens.

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Herbs and Natural Light

Today I tried shooting in natural window light with some fresh oregano. Too bad these aren't scratch and sniff images, as the oregano filled the room with the wonderful aroma of a Mediterranean kitchen, which reminded me of childhood summers spent in Italy.  

Here are just a couple of early shots... 

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