Notions of darkness and shadows, violence and love, hardboiled.

Photography of Colorado and the American Southwest displaying nature and history.

All material on this blog is original creation by James Blatter unless otherwise noted

 

Caught my reflection in another bubble universe today
Photo by James Blatter

Caught my reflection in another bubble universe today

Photo by James Blatter

My Valley 8pm tonight, we have a flash flood warning and watch over the Lower Colorado River Valley right now

Photo by James Blatter

My Valley 8pm tonight, we have a flash flood warning and watch over the Lower Colorado River Valley right now

Photo by James Blatter

Scarlet Malachite Beetle: This brilliantly colored beetle is found all over North America and Central Asia but is rare in Northern Europe, especially the UK where efforts are underway to protect it and it’s habitat. This one was also hanging out at the Rifle Falls Riparian area.
Photo by James Blatter

Scarlet Malachite Beetle: This brilliantly colored beetle is found all over North America and Central Asia but is rare in Northern Europe, especially the UK where efforts are underway to protect it and it’s habitat. This one was also hanging out at the Rifle Falls Riparian area.

Photo by James Blatter

Fiery Skipper on Shasta Daisy: This is a small but bright butterfly with big eyes and a flight posture that looks more like soaring than fluttering. They are found throughout the United States, Northern Mexico and Southern Canada.
Photo by James Blatter

Fiery Skipper on Shasta Daisy: This is a small but bright butterfly with big eyes and a flight posture that looks more like soaring than fluttering. They are found throughout the United States, Northern Mexico and Southern Canada.

Photo by James Blatter

Blue-Eyed Darner - (Rhionaeschna multicolor)

This Damsel Fly occurs near lakes, ponds, and marshes at lower elevations in the western states, this one was found at the Rifle Falls Riparian area.
Photo by James Blatter

Blue-Eyed Darner - (Rhionaeschna multicolor)

This Damsel Fly occurs near lakes, ponds, and marshes at lower elevations in the western states, this one was found at the Rifle Falls Riparian area.

Photo by James Blatter

Wild Turkey’s Flight. You’ll have to look because he took off fast so I couldn’t get a clean shot.
Photo by James Blatter

Wild Turkey’s Flight. You’ll have to look because he took off fast so I couldn’t get a clean shot.

Photo by James Blatter

Juvenile  Collared Lizard
This native of the western canyon are found across the high desert slopes, and gullies; and areas with scattered large rocks and sparse vegetation. Often found basking on boulders. This is a juvenile because of the wide dark bands or rows of large dark spots separated by narrow light lines, sometimes with red/orange spots on neck and sides of chest.  
Photo by James Blatter

Juvenile  Collared Lizard

This native of the western canyon are found across the high desert slopes, and gullies; and areas with scattered large rocks and sparse vegetation. Often found basking on boulders. This is a juvenile because of the wide dark bands or rows of large dark spots separated by narrow light lines, sometimes with red/orange spots on neck and sides of chest.  

Photo by James Blatter

This Land, Is Your Land

Driving to town,
To visit life among,
Homogeneous familiarity,
That contemptible entity,
Breeding torment,
Nothing unique
Nothing vibrant,
Nothing unusual,
Nothing, just nothing,
But consumer’s tonic,
Where we’re deceived into believing,
Olive Garden and P.F. Chang’s
Pier 1 and Trader Joe’s
Bring richness to life.

Words and collage by James Blatter

The Cradle

You are magnificent,
You are ancient,
Behold
The first mother,
The first father
The tether,
Stringing all creation together.

Words by James Blatter

Image found on Pintrest

Local Cluster Communique

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You hide your beauty behind,
Lies of exceptionalism,
Tradition, patriotism, tribalism,
You forget true facts,
That this shining sphere,
Is the only home
Your species has,
Yet you spoil it
Believing these lies
To support your quarrels,
So pardon if the universe,
Continues to ignore you.

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Words by James Blatter

Images via European Space Agency