Another quick reminder to be open to images even when / where you weren’t expecting them:
I caught this image when my daughter and I were walking around looking at the balloons at this year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. One of the trinkets on sale at the fiesta’s concession booths was a battery-powered bubble blower. Here, a kid had just run past blowing bubbles — thanks to an overnight rain, the grass was still wet, so the bubbles didn’t pop on contact with the ground.
The technicolor reflections make for a fun (semi-abstract) shadow self-portrait…
A “Margaret Mary” Water Lily, seen at the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Houston, Texas:
Taken with an Oly E-PL2, and the “kit” lens.
Seen at the Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado:
A nice (mostly-)blue sky shot from last October’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:
We spotted this little guy along the side of a trail while taking a break from driving through Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada:
I don’t know if he was just resting, or on his way out, but I appreciated the opportunity to at least save a bit of his beauty for posterity.
This past Thanksgiving, we made a quick family trip out east to spend a bit of time with some of Mrs. Argos’ relatives. While we were “in the neighborhood,” we swung through the Oglebay Resort’s “Winter Festival of Lights.”
Well worth a stop, should you ever find yourself near Wheeling, West Virginia some December…
I’ve been delaying this post so I could upload and group a bunch of related images together. Well, enough waiting…
The town we live in (part of the Denver metro area) has a celebration each August called Western Welcome Week (which is actually 10 days long). It started as sort of a homecoming event, an excuse for folks that have moved away to come back to reconnect and visit with their old friends.
It’s since gained a bit of celebratory flavor — a way to remind ourselves that while we’re part of a major urban area, we’re still small-town folks at heart. So part of the shindig is an opening fireworks display — presented in a local park with all the flavor you’d expect from a small-town fireworks show. Come early for the free music, bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit in the grass, close to where the fireworks are getting launched.
If you pick your spot well, you’ll even catch some silhouettes of other spectators in your pictures!
Another fun shot from the 10th annual Colorado Dragon Boat Races here in the Denver metro area:
We were fortunate this year in that the weather was clear and bright (if a bit hot / muggy too…). Some years it’s been overcast and sporadically rainy, not so good for photography of all the wonderful color.
While we were wandering through Colonial Williamsburg some weeks back, we happened upon this little gem along the road:
I couldn’t tell you what it is, other than pretty.