Articles in Fort Collins
Fort Collins was hit by two snowstorms in the end of October and early November of 2011. This view of CSU Foothills Campus in snow and fog was shot after the second storm from the Centennial Road near Rotary Park.
Pianos About Town is a collaborative project between Bohemian Foundation, the DDA (Donwtown Development Authority) and the City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places Program. The pianos are painted by local artists and then placed around Fort Collins, inviting pedestrians to participate in this interactive experience.
On Saturday night (June 18, 2011) I was watching Ren Burke (Bird in Hand Studio) painting a mural on the piano. I wonder how that piano would look just painted blue, maybe, with a single woodpecker picking around a corner. It would be fun to watch all phases of this painting project.
You can find more public artwork of Ren around the Old Town. I photographed some of her paintings on transformer cabinets. I’ve got a lot of interesting abstracts but still need to find a way to photograph them in a more meaningful context. Perhaps, I need to add a human element.
Riverbend Ponds is one of natural areas of Fort Collins created in the Cache la Poudre River corridor.
Riverbend Ponds offers a lot of diversity with a stretch of the Poudre River, several ponds and wetlands. There are seven former gravel mine ponds to choose from so it is a popular fishing site. The Colorado Division of Wildlife stocks the ponds with warm-water species (usually largemouth bass, crappie and channel catfish). Birders also enjoy Riverbend Ponds- over 200 species of birds feed, rest, nest, and migrate through including green herons, a wide variety of ducks, American white pelicans, double-crested cormorants and others. Riverbend Ponds’ flat trails with loop options and varied habitat appeal to many hikers and dog-walkers.
During last winter I visited Riverbend Ponds several time with my camera. It seems that I am photographically attracted to long boardwalks over swamps and narrow passages between ponds.
I have never paddled these ponds. Usually, I prefer a little bit more water, but I have a feeling that next time I will combine photography with paddling. I just need a little bit of a fresh green color there.
Union Pacific boxcar covered with a colorful graffiti on the siding track near Harmony Mill, Fort Collins. Abandoned? A home of homeless?