The first photos come from Brian Hockley of Greeley, Colorado. These two images, pictured left and below left are of a sunrise coming up over the northeastern plains of Colorado. Colorado’s altitude helps provide beautiful clear blue skies, along with scattered morning clouds for gorgeous sunrises. There are plenty of stunning moments that capture your attention early in the morning. How would you like to see this everyday while driving to work?
Who says Colorado’s sunsets don’t have a silver lining? The photo pictured above right was also taken by Brian Hockley. It portrays a semi-transparent silver shadow above the clouds hovering just over Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains. No matter which direction you look to in the Mile High State, east or west, you will find some of the most picturesque beginning and endings to a beautiful day.
Let’s change up our direction for a moment and look at a couple of photos taken by two excited fishermen off the beach of Lovers Key State Park in Southwest Florida. Fort Myers Beach, a popular vacation destination and winter haven for snowbirds has made national news lately with shark sightings.
This particular bull shark measured out six feet & eight inches. The warm Gulf waters attract these magnificent creatures closer to shore looking for fish.
Curtis McKay and his wife stopped while on the road to snap this fabulous photo using Wyoming’s Grand Teton’s as a backdrop. This is a perfect postcard picture if I have ever seen one. Seeing America on two wheels opens up a whole new world. Having a 180 degree view with no obstructions and the wind at your face is a feeling like no other.
Curtis McKay also captured Colorado’s wildlife during a springtime adventure. Estes Park is a favorite for tourists who venture up and around the Roosevelt Nation Forest and on into The Rocky Mountain Nation Park. Estes Park is a mountain community that provides a safe haven for the local deer and elk.
Wildlife is plentiful in these parts. For the photographers who are looking for that perfect shot or a striking pose from a magnificent creature like a bull elk, it can be found in and around Estes Park, Colorado.
April showers bring May flowers. Spring is always a favorite time of the year for gardeners. The colorful image of these beautiful purple irises were sent to us by Mitzi McGarr-Kinsey of Greeley, Colorado. The picture was taken from her own garden. These particular irises were dug up from her mother’s garden in upstate New York and transplanted into Mitzi’s backyard in Colorado.
Boston, Massachusetts, is home to some of America’s oldest history. Sarah Biagi Tavarez from Rehoboth, MA, sent us a few photos referencing a historic event that took place when we were rallying for our freedom against British rule. The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770. The rebellion cost five colonists their lives with plenty more injured at the hands of British soldiers. A plaque represents the location of the event. It is placed directly across from what was, at that time, Britain’s State House. Photos like these help us remember our roots and what our ancestors went through to win independence.
Let’s shift gears and look at sunsets taken from different points of interest. The photo pictured below left was taken form the sunset deck at the Lani Kia on Fort Myers Beach. It looks northwest and towards the island’s central business and entertainment district.
I just can’t get away from sunsets. Anytime I see an opportunity to snap a photograph of that fiery glow in the sky setting behind a beautiful landscape, I get a twitch in my camera’s trigger finger and — presto! — the moment is archived.
You may have noticed that Estero Island’s pier is a popular setting for lots of backdrops. Piers are another fascination of mine. A partial view of Pine Island Sound and the island of Sanibel can be seen in the background (pictured, above left).
As promised to a good friend of mine who recently suffered the lost of a family member and traveling companion, this is for you Diane Blevins. This is a great picture of you two and I am positive that he will be missed. Our condolences got out to you. Sincerely, You, Me and The Dock and staff.
It’s always a privilege to have such great followers who enjoy traveling and sharing their photos. I look forward to the next edition, which will be just around the corner. Keep those photos coming!
Contributing Photographers: Brian Hockley, Rosemary Vulpi-Nicosia (shark photo), Curtis McKay, Mitzi McGarr-Kinsey, Sarah Biagi Tavarez (Fortin) and yours truly
Author: Anthony Scopel
Senior Editor: Sheri L. Thompson
Technical Mastering: Matt Kemper