Astrophotography, Colorado, Photography, Travel

Great Sand Dunes National Park

My friend Tom and I spent a few days exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park and the surrounding area back in April. It’s a spectacular valley and we had a great time getting some really good pictures. The trip ended with vomiting at a Walgreen’s.


Colorado, Family, Travel

Spring Break 2019: Colorado

Colorado Springs

We spent the first half of the week in Colorado Springs.

Le Baguette in Old Colorado City
The Penny Arcade in Manitou Springs was a blast and is a must-visit.
The Love Tester didn’t turn out so well for 3/4 of us.
Park in Manitou Springs
Dat’s Italian in Old Colorado City: awesome food and service.
Cave of the Winds


Midweek, we headed up to Loveland to stay with Auntie Car and Unkie Doo. We hadn’t been there since Aly was just a toddler, but we had a blast as we always did on previous visits.

After a great week in Colorado, I dropped the girls off at DEN and then picked up my friend Tom for our adventure at Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is coming up in the next post.


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Best Pictures: December 2018

Here are some of my favorite pictures from December:

Aly’s winter Choir Concert

In search of dark skies, a couple of friends and I headed east from Colorado Springs in early December to a tiny little park called Paint Mines Interpretive Park, where we shot pictures of the distant windmills and the night sky. It was very cold, but lots of fun.

Paint Mines Interpretive Park at twilight, Colorado
Paint Mines Interpretive Park at twilight, Colorado
Paint Mines Interpretive Park night sky, Colorado. The red lights are the windmills, and the streaks around them are planes – lots of planes heading to DEN.
Leah as a wise man.
The “new” Christmas stair picture, from David and J’aime’s house. Lots of Matilo clan!
The Great Grandkids

Christmas 2018 – Holland

Christmas 2018 – Milford

Christmas 2018 – Rochester


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Best Pictures: November 2018

Here are some of my favorite pictures I took in November:


Colorado, Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors

Colorado Fall Colors

I was in Colorado in late September, and had the chance to spend a weekend in the mountains, going from Colorado Springs > Twin Lakes > Aspen and back. Twin Lakes looks like it might be a great location for night shooting, so I plan to check that out in the future. The fall colors were quite strong already at the higher elevations, with the signature yellow of the aspen trees. It was a great couple days!


Colorado, Photography, Strawberry Loves The Great Outdoors

Mueller State Park at Night

Thanks to the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society again, I headed back up into the mountains to Mueller State Park on Saturday night.


Astrophotography, Colorado, Photography

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument at Night

In case you hadn’t heard, I have a new job with Glazier Clinics. I’ll be working remote from Michigan most of the time, but they’re based in Colorado Springs, and I am spending two weeks there in August.