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An accidental ritual

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Tonight, as I watched the sunset from the shoreline of the lake that I grew up on, I had the most vivid memory.  I was 16 years old and my dream was to be a landscape photographer when I grew up.  My absolute most favorite thing to photograph at the time was the sunset.  Whenever I would sense that it was going to be a good one,  I would hop in my Jeep and hightail it down to the water’s edge for...

Memphis was here

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It was one of those days where the sun had just set and I had yet to photograph anything.  I was standing outside my dad’s shop, camera in hand, when my brother and sister-in-law pulled up.  Hip-hop music was cranked, in true Colby fashion.  The next thing I see are two thirty-something parents covered in glitter, makeup and face paint.  Today, Memphis, their youngest of four daughters, turned 4...

Almost 4(0)

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It delighted me today to watch my youngest niece be the innocent, fearless child that she is.  I watched as she ran back and forth across my dad’s equipment yard, jumping in puddles and grunting rhythmically for no apparent reason.  That’s the thing about being 4 years old, reason is not what motivates her, instincts and curiosity are.  There weren’t any calculations being made in...

The beginning of a new chapter

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We’ve spent nearly two weeks on our property now and it’s been 12 days that I won’t soon forget.  The first two days were spent cutting in a driveway that would allow us to access and park on our property.  Friends came for the weekend to celebrate our purchase with us and just as they were leaving the first major snowstorm of the season was rolling in.  On Sunday somewhere around 8” of...

Feeling Grounded & Grateful

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{Photo of the day: Mark enjoying the last bit of sunshine on this cold fall day.} I snapped this photo this evening without much awareness of what I was getting. Then I opened it on my computer and saw Mark’s expression, his eyes closed and a look of absolute contentedness and it made me really happy. The outdoors bring us both so much peace. When we’re living a lifestyle that allows...

So cold but so beautiful

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{Photo of the day: It snowed all day yesterday leaving us with 7-8″ of fresh powder.} When we met one of our neighbors a few weeks back we asked him how much snow this area typically gets. He said 6-8″ annually. If that’s true, all of 2020’s allotment fell from the sky yesterday. I know a storm like this is par for the course in the high-country, but here on the Western...

There’s a storm brewing

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{Photo of the day: Our company leaving just as the storm began to arrive.} Yesterday’s high…70.Today’s high…43.Tonight’s low…10. Also, 6-8″ of snow is on the way. I’m not sure we could have gotten any luckier with the timing of our friend’s visit. Our afternoon together yesterday was gorgeous. This morning they left just as the first rain...

Celebrating

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{Photo of the day: Sunset with friends at our new property.} Today we welcomed the first guests to our property for a short but sweet overnighter. It turned out our location was the perfect pit stop for Kate, Doug, Troy and Randy on their way to a river trip in Arizona. For the last 12 years or so we’ve been camping with Kate & Doug on their property in Park County. 14 acres of land...

Morning view

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Today was the first morning, of what I assume will be many, waking up to this view. I imagine it will be quite some time before it ever gets old.

We’re Home

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Thanks to a brand new driveway that Mark cut out yesterday, our little home on wheels is now tucked in nicely in the middle of our property. Can you find it?

Michele

Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less debt and more freedom. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at http://www.oncwest.com

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