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Photo by Boulder architect Mark Gerwing

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I have written a number of times about bridges, their simple beauty and the increasingly rare appearance of steel arched types. This bridge, in central Kansas, crosses a small river not far from the original path of the Oregon Trail.  On this day it was dripping from a recent rain and the sky was an […]

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Before interstate engineers replaced our river crossings with solid, straight, under-supported super-slabs of concrete highways, spidery steel bridges carried us across the impediments to the relentless to- and fro- of an increasingly mobile society. When you pass through the steel rib cages of these older bridges, especially the narrow, long spans, crossing a river feels […]

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Currently at the Denver Art Museum is an exhibit of the photographic work of Robert Adams.  Robert Adams grew up in Colorado and is best known for his photographs of the New West – the human impacts on the landscape.  Unlike Ansel Adam’s stunningly beautiful images of western landscapes, Robert Adam’s images are a combination […]

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San Isadore is a church in Mesitas, Colorado, on the west side of the San Luis Valley. It lost its roof and much of everything else that would burn in a fire in the 1970′s. It is still used for services, under the bright, aluminum sky of southern Colorado. The fire reduced the building to […]

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On a recent trip to the San Luis Valley, I took along a map, my phone’s GPS, and a couple of satellite images.  From that elevated perspective, the Valley is a playground of geometry.  The large circles of center pivot irrigation fields overlays with the strict orthagonal grid of roads creating an ordered and rational […]

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I recently returned from a windy and dust-caked trip to the San Luis Valley.  Inspired by a book by writer and photographer Robert Adams, The Architecture and Art of Early Hispanic Colorado, written in 1974, I drove through the small towns and even smaller hamlets in the southern San Luis Valley taking pictures, quaking in […]

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Last weekend my family and I went to the Stock Show in Denver.  Amid all the cows and horses were an amazing collection of antique tractors. Hard to get much more beautiful than these. for Jim

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