Hello & Welcome to
The Colorado Abandoned Newsletter!
This is a loaded issue - packed with lots of goodies! We have info on our New Colorado Abandoned Group page on Facebook, a link to our interview with Priscilla Waggoner of Kiowa County Independent fame, where our booth was, a couple of places where our photos are on display and more! Also, as you will see, we went a little link crazy (but that's were the fun is).
Pour yourself some coffee (or whatever beverage you like to drink while you read). sit down, relax and enjoy!
"Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art."
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
~Robert Louis Stevenson
"Our deep respect for the land and its harvest is the legacy of generations of farmers who put food on our tables, preserved our landscape, and inspired us with a powerful work ethic."
~James H. Douglas, Jr.
"The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured."
~Marcus Tullius Cicero
Here's another one from Baca County, CO. that we had posted to our facebook page a while back and was looking for a caption for it, and we think Jim Piftzer of Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change fame, came up with the perfect one - Outrigger.
Colorado Abandoned Group on Facebook
We recently added a Colorado Abandoned Group to our Facebook page. We are already in the neighborhood of 500 plus members and it seems to be growing quickly.
How fun it is to see all the new and exciting rural and urban exploration photos being posted by old and new members. The best part is that all of these new images are from all over the state. We don't get much out of southeast Colorado to shoot, so these new ones are a real Treat!
The Image above really caught our eye and was contributed by group member Ergasia PT. He is an active member of the group and has been loading up the feed with a bunch of quality abandoned photos. Look through his images in the feed when you can. Thanks for letting us post this one Sir!
If you are not following us on Facebook, now is the time
Kiowa County Independent Interview
We recently had the distinct pleasure of doing an interview with the amazing and talented Priscilla Waggoner which is now in their newest publication titled “High Plains Guide to Festivals, Fairs and Rodeos 2018” which is published by the Kiowa County Independent out of Eads, CO.
Check it out here - http://kiowacountyindependent.com/images/PDFS/High-Plains-Guide-2018.pdf (the interview is down around page 13 or so).
The printed edition is out in the wild. In addition to being an excellent guide to all the fun fairs, rodeos and festivals in the area, there are a lot of great articles, stories, and photography in this issue as well. Be sure to grab a copy if you can still find one!
The cover image used with this article was featured back in Colorado Abandoned Newsletter V8
Our hats are off to Priscilla Waggoner, writer extraordinaire for the Kiowa County Independent.
Back at 5 Arrows Farm Market
Right there among the honeydews and cantaloupe
Curtis and Jennifer Lubbers at 5 Arrows Farm Market at Maple and Main Street in Lamar, have once again agreed to have a few of our images on display throughout the produce season.
Seems like they are getting new and different produce in daily. Sweet corn, okra, peppers, onions, melons (many different kinds) and all that good fresh farm produce that a good country farm market is supposed to have. I know I mentioned peppers - well they are in full roasting mode (oh, that smell) as this newsletter goes out. Stop in and load up before it's too late!
Colorado Abandoned is pleased to also have some of our photography on display at the new Galaxy Gallery in Lamar. This is a new business and is located at 108 North Main Street. Robert Townsend of RCM Consulting & Consignment LLC opened this new galley in order to help showcase some of the fine artistic talent here in southeast Colorado.
In addition to Colorado Abandoned, the gallery has several other artists on display, including some excellent nature photography work from Jill Smith, and Travis Walker, some amazing landscapes by Lex Nichols, and some interesting Ag and Nature photography by Jennifer Goodland.
As there is room for expansion in the gallery, there is still space available for more new artists. The Gallery is looking for more artists and will accept most any kind of art, including oil, acrylic, and water color paintings, sculptures, handcrafted items and other creative works of art. Be sure to call 719-695-0785 or email email@example.com for more info.
Taking it on the Road!
We recently attended the Downtown Custom and Classic Expo in downtown Lamar, CO. We had a good time and got to meet some new people. The event was big, with a lot going on. Next year should prove to be even bigger and better. Here is their website - bigasscarshow.com.
Nomination for Lex
Lex was just recently nominated for an Indian Summer Music Award from a song on his album, Songs of the Plains. The song he submitted was Nightfall on the Comanche Grasslands. The pairing of the rich ambient background with the hypnotic punctuation of the Native American flute in this song provides a gentle, peaceful respite for the soul. Check it out!
This year for the 2018 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA), the competitive categories include Blues, Central and South American Indigenous Music, Contemporary/Modern Instrumental, Country, Folk, Hip Hop, Native American Flute, Pop, Rock, Spiritual, Spoken Word, Traditional Instrumental, Traditional Native American Drum, Traditional Native American Vocal and lastly, the Native Spirit category for non-Indian entrants.
The Search Is On
We are always looking for new places and things to explore and document for Colorado Abandoned. We are pretty sure that we have just barely scratched the surface on abandoned locations, buildings, vehicles, farm machinery and places that at this time, we had no idea they even existed in Colorado.
If you know of any of these places or things, please drop us a line and let us know. If it works out, we will do our best to reward you in return with possibly some pictures and maybe more. Just visit our Contact Page and fill out the form and we will get back to you.
We would very much enjoy your feedback, ideas and suggestions! Please visit our contact page and leave us a note.
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