Life is an adventure. Every minute of every day holds something new. We need to embrace the adventure while we're here to enjoy it! I hope you'll find some enjoyment in following the adventures that I take. I started my blog in April with only 2 posts. My goal is to post at least one thing every month from here on out. If you'd like, please leave me a comment. I enjoy hearing from you!

An adventure in the Abandoned

July 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

One of my passions, photography and otherwise, is abandoned buildings. Whether it's farms, houses, barns, stores, warehouses, whatever, I love abandoned places. A couple weeks ago a few friends and I took a trip to the old abandoned mining town of Gilman. It lies in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, with spectacular views there really isn't a better place to go exploring!!Taken from inside the mine office building

Taken from inside the Mine office.

 

Ore was found in the Eagle Mine in 1879. The town was built for the miners and their families. In the early 1980's the remaining residents were packed up, moved out and the gate to the town was closed. It sits now pretty much like it did the day they closed it down.Houses in town. The majority remain standing today after being abandoned for close to 30 years.

The majority of the houses in town still stand today, even after being abandoned for close to 30 years.

 

Besides houses, there are boarding houses for the miners. Despite all the vandalism over the years they're still pretty awesome structures and very cool to explore. It's hard to imagine what this town was like in it's heyday. With people working in the shops and offices, families bustling around and kids playing in the school yard. They had a bowling alley, an indoor basketball court, a stage (some of the curtain still remains) and many other ammenities. I imagine the winters were pretty rough!

Bowling Alley

The two Lane Bowling Alley has seen better days

 

For me, the mine offices are one of the most fascinating places in town. It shows the long history of Gilman and of the people that worked there. When the town was abandoned so was all the paperwork. As we were looking around in the file rooms we found paperwork dating back as far as 1931. Everything from work orders to payroll books to vouchers to absentee reports. Imagine.......all that we do on computers now was done by hand. The paperwork that hasn't been damaged by the weather is still in great shape!
 

Lucky Strikes, anyone?

Lucky Strikes, anyone?

 

As we got further into town we came across the work shops and garages for the mine equipment. The two gas pumps have had the fronts and sides pulled off and one was tipped over (very sad that people feel the need to do things like that). There are still dump trucks sitting in a couple of the garages.

Garages

These are only a portion of the garages we were able to explore

 

As with any good town they needed a place to dump old, non-running vehicles. We ventured down to the junk yard. Anything that might have been salvagable has been removed from the vehicles.Junk Yard

Just a few of the cars in the junk yard

 

This abandoned town, as I said before, sits in one of the most beautiful spots in the Rocky Mountains! The views from everywhere in town are just amazing!  I could stand and stare at the gorgeous mountains around me for hours! But.....it was starting to warm up and we needed to be on our way to the next part of town. This was the second time I had been able to explore Gilman. The first time I didn't even get as far as the garages, this time we were going well beyond them! I was really excited to get to the school to check it out. I can honestly say I was disappointed. I knew it would be small, but there was nothing interesting left inside the school, no desks, no chalkboards, nothing. It was just a building with empty rooms. Oh, well, that was the only disappointing part of the whole adventure.

 

We then ventured down into some of the newer homes. They all sit in a thickly wooded area. Lots and lots of aspen trees and pine trees. They're built on hills that are not always easy to navigate. The steps down the inclines are less than safe in most cases. But, what a great place to explore! I'm always extremely careful when exploring any abandoned buildings. If anything looks sketchy, I don't go in! I am always excited when I can go inside a building to look around.

Living room in one of the houses.

Living room in one of the houses. I love the old radiators!

The stone walls that were built around a lot of the houses are wonderful!
All these years later they're still intact.

 

Many of the newer structures were like townhomes. Some were end to end that housed up to 10 or more families. I was pleasently surprised to see that a lot of the old wavy windows were still intact! With 30 years of abandonment I didn't expect that.  We explored more of the homes then headed back to the trail that brought us into town. There's still so much more to see that another trip just may be in order! We have not yet been down to the mine. It's down a very steep slope so we'll need to find a way to get down there that doesn't require climbing.

 

As we leave town we stopped often to take a look back. It sure is an interesting old historic town! I try to imagine what it was like to live, work and play there when it was a booming town. I have read a lot of the history and accounts of people that grew up or lived there. History has always fascinated me and this historic town is in my backyard!

Looking back at the town on our way back to the car.

Looking back at the town and mine on our way back to the car

 

The walk into and out of town takes about 20 minutes. The buildings you see in this picture at the top are some of the boarding houses, garages, workshops, mine offices and houses that we explored. At the bottom of the shot you can see the mine.

More homes and mine buildings

Row houses and more of the mine

 

Driving past the town this is one of the views you have of the town. All these buildings are abandoned, the houses, the mine, everything. It's sad to see. This is an area that we have not yet explored. To the right of this shot (out of the picture), up in the trees are the bulk of the houses in town. Further to the right, and up the mountain, you find the mine offices, shops, garages, and a bulk of the boarding houses.

 

I hope you enjoyed the tour through a part of Gilman
Vicki

To see more pictures from the trip

http://www.starkimpressionsphotography.com/eagle#h18d50230

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Denver at Night

April 10, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I've always loved Denver. This city has so much to offer. A combination of historical and modern buildings, museums, shopping, restaurants, cafes, art, and it's always a great place to people watch. It's not exactly a city that doesn't sleep, but there always seems to be a lot going on.

 

That said, I will never pass up a chance to go downtown for a photoshoot. Saturday night was no exception. After cooking a wonderful dinner, Chicken and Mushrooms in wine, served over rice, with steamed cauliflower and a salad, we headed downtown for some night shooting.

 

The adventure started on 15th and Platte. A quick walk down Platte brings you to the Highland Bridge. This is the first of three bridges that link the Highland Neighborhood to the Central Platte River Valley and to Downtown Denver.

 

 

Looking towards Denver, across the Highland Bridge, you can see the Millennium Bridge behind the Highland Bridge. This pedestrian bridge crosses I-25 and has so much character. The angles are amazing!

 

Looking towards the Highland Neighborhood

 

After taking some time to discover the wonders of the Highland Bridge the night took me towards Denver and the second bridge of the night.

 

The Platte River Bridge

 

As the name suggests, this bridge carries pedestrian traffic over the Platte River. Behind the Platte River Bridge you can, again, see the Millenium Bridge.

 

Standing on the Platte River Bridge looking across the Platte River towards Elitch's Amusement Park

 

Two and a half hours into my adventure I didn't get too far. But that's ok! Since I'm only 20 minutes from this wonderful city I can get down there anytime I want. And Guaranteed, I'll be back down there soon!

 

One last shot of the Millenium Bridge, the Platte River Bridge and the wonderful city of Denver.

 


Welcome to the World

April 04, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful little girl last weekend. She was welcomed into the world by her mom, dad, 2 brothers and  her sister. This was definitely not a normal newborn shoot! The 3 older children (5, 4 & 3) were rambunctios! They never let their little sister go to sleep so we could get any shots of her sleeping.

I have to say, even though it wasn't a typical newborn photoshoot it was a LOT of fun! The 3 older children sure do love their little sister!

Donning a beautiful flower hat, she was very content to have her photo taken.

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Mom and Dad say "Don't sit on the back of the couch!" The photographer says....."Go for it! But only this time!"
Getting out a little bit of energy is a good thing!

"Mommy, I love you! I'm going to eat your nose!"
Baby was very happy to be in mom's arms.

I love my brothers
The whole time I was getting them ready for this shot they did nothing but giggle!! They had me laughing, too! They were such a joy to work with!

Little Angel
This quilt was made by a friend. The first newborn photographed on it was her grandson. After his photoshoot she gave me the quilt. I was SO thrilled!! Every little one is an angel!!

So serious!
Such beautiful big brown eyes! Wearing butterfly wings she turned to look at me and I captured her serious side.

What a fun time I have doing photoshoots like this! They're a challenge at times but the results are wonderful. Mom loves the shots that were taken and, ultimately, that's what's important!

Thank you for stopping by
Vicki

 

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