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Christmas In Downtown Denver

 COVID Fatigue sucks...BIG TIME Guess what?  Mike's Camera has our Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 Wide Angle Lens on sale!  We have been waiting for the lens to come on sale.   I called Mike's Camera in Wheatridge, Colorado and our good friend, Jeff stated that he could get his hands on a couple of the lenses in a couple of hours.  Jeff (as always) didn't disappoint us.  The Mike's Camera team are awesome.  Why go anywhere else right? We picked up the lenses and headed to downtown Denver for a little street photography.   With masks on, we braved the semi crowded Larimer Square while on our way to Union Station via the 16th Street Mall. Our goal was to shoot Union Station at night was we just walked around snapping away. We found a really old courthouse building, Bryon White that must have missed many a times in our previous walks.  Wide angle photography at it's best! Off to Union Station! The temperature started to fall fast so we headed back to the car.   I don't know w

Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chaco Canyon

New Mexico here we come!  Need to leave the house for a few days.  You know, leave our house and rent an AirBnB and stay at someone else's house. A really quick search, I mean the first AirBnB posting was the one we selected.  A nice little cottage situated about a twenty minute walk from the historic district. The outside is disgusting but the inside was spectacular! I hope you know that I am kidding!  The outside was nice. Dammit! Getting ahead of myself here.   We can't go anywhere without stopping many times. First stop was Steelworks Park in Pueblo, CO Cool place, but the museum was closed due to COVID. Oh, then there was this abandoned house... We got to the AirBnB house in the later afternoon and promptly headed out for a walk downtown. We didn't feel comfortable enough to dine out in a restaurant so we headed back to the cottage to cook up some of the food we brought. Tomorrow, Chaco Canyon! I believe that this was our third trip to Chaco Canyon.  The weather was cl

Denver Botanic Gardens

 COVID, COVID, COVID!   Need to get out of the house today and do some actual meaningful photography.  Enough backyard birds and squirrels! Just renewed our Denver Botanic Garden membership for another year.   We were not expecting a lot of color at the gardens, but we need to get outside. Low and behold, we were greeted with a lot of color and not a whole lot of people.  Of course we got to the garden right at opening. We decided to bring our "Lego Mini Me's" with us to show depth and basically fuck around. The garden started to fill up at around noon so we packed up our cameras and headed from home.   It was just nice to get out of the house albeit for only a few hours.

Lego Hogwarts Castle

 We needed another project to keep us busy.  We have been dabbling with some small Lego projects (as shown by my previous posts) and we needed something bigger! After an exhaustive search, we found a Harry Potter set...Hogwarts Castle.  Lego had put out earlier versions of the castle but this is the biggest to date.  Actually, I think it is one of their biggest ever sets.  Over 6,000 pieces. The project took us three weekends (about five hours a day) to assemble.  The set included 37 bags of Lego pieces and four instruction books.  We only screwed up a couple of times.  A lot of pieces look the same but have subtle differences.  You only know you screwed up when the pieces don't fit.   We were not shorted any pieces however, we have bunch of extra pieces (all small, single block size). Here is the completed castle: