Saturday, March 7, 2015

White Columbine posted on Best Colorado Photography

Just got this photo chosen to be posted on the Best Colorado Photography facebook group. Not sure who does the choosing but I was delighted that it will be shared with more people that way. They have a lot of other beautiful photography on that sight. I am sharing it here with those of you who took the time to look at my blog in a form that should be printable. I hope that you will give me a little credit wherever that photo is used but of course to God goes the glory since He created a white columbine and allowed me to see it in the high mountains of Colorado. copyright 2015-3-4

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flowers and a little calf that I want to share with the world.

Amaryllis flower that bloomed so beautifully at my mother's house. It bloomed again once at our new house and I am trying to get it to bloom again. Corawithcamera copyright 2014-8-20

Below is a Giant Blue morning glory that I that I took a photo of a long time ago.  I have used it on my face book page for years now and just found it available to post here today. I just saw the cute little bug on the right hand side of the flower. Corawithcamer copyright 2014-8-20

Holly hocks blooming at work. I am wondering today if the Holly hocks at the Lazy Tree ranch are surviving. They were double holly hock blossoms in red.

This has also been on my Facebook page since last year. I am reminded of God's love as it seems to shine right out of the glory of this morning glory that bloomed in my yard. Corawithcamera copyright 2013-7

This is Flopsy the calf that I had the privilege of being with in the first hours of life. I want to share the story of this calf in a video and photo format. I  am searching for a good way to do that. Suggestions welcomed. I raised cattle for about 10 years and this was the first time that I got to really be around a calf for such and extended time in its first day so I have lots of fun video and photos. I would love for the world to have a glimpse of this special beauty.

Julie Bergeron character sculpture of her daughter in Glenn Eyrie Madrigal clothing.

Above is a photo that I copied from  the site for some beautiful art work of Julie Bergeron and photos of her daughter since I could not get it to come up directly for the blog. Below is her website. She has such incredible artwork that I just wanted more of you to be able to see it.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sara and Jim Wilson Homestead Cottage

I just saw this wildflower blooming outside the cottage. Look close to see the little stars in the center of the flower. 
This old stove heated the cottage for its first overnight quest in over one half a century.

One night when I was accidently locked out of my house I used the Christmas lights I had in the car to light up the cottage so I could see. It gave it a very romantic glow so I am looking to use them more in the future. Right now there is good electric to the outside of the cottage but none actually inside the cottage. Leaving it without electricity would be more authentic but electricity could be fun in the cottage. I think future guest might like it better that way. My husband, Ragan, fixed the double window in the picture. it was a hole in the wall with an old door over it when he started. It is helping to let in enough sunshine that a few plants can live inside with a grow light. Ragan was asked the other day if someone was living in the cottage. He said, "Yes, my wife's plants are living there."
The lights in the window did make the cottage seem to come alive. I am surprised how many people drive by and tell me about what they see.
The window was made from windows found in the attic and given by friends.
These are some of the plants that I am trying to keep alive. When it got to 10 below outside many of the plants froze but some are still trying to hang on for next summer. A grow light loaned by a friend added just enough heat that the ones closest to it survived the temperatures near 20 degrees inside.

I am thankful to have this photo as this is one of the plants I tried to keep. They were two for $10 at Kings Soopers. They may only be an annual but I am not sure so I tried to keep them.

Near the cottage is an old stump that I am using to feed birds. I was trying to figure out how to get bird feed in the budget when a friend unknowingly answered my unspoken prayers and dropped by several bags of bird feed.

I really like sweet potatoe and clolieus as colorful greenery for hanging baskets.

The photo below is a living Christmas tree that I splurged on when we were thinking about moving from the ranch. I had so much fun lighting it up with solar lights where I had no electricity at the ranch. They lasted until after I moved them in July.  I was not sure where to plant it so I put it in an old galvanized tub with a hole in the bottom of it. I was planting some seeds one day and thought maybe a few would grow underneath the pine tree shaded from the hot dessert sun at the Lazy Tree ranch. Sure enough they grew so much better than expected. I put them near the cottage in front of the main house of the Sara and Jim Wilson Homestead. They became a center piece of the yard. The moss roses cascaded over the edge with blooms along with the snap dragons and pansies grew well in the shade of the Canadian Blue Spruce pine tree.
 Jeep lovers will notice some of my husband's jeeps in the background. More about them on other blogs.

Above is the view from the back door of the cottage.

This would chop up fire wood great for the cottage if the tractor would start that makes it run. We used it often at the Lazy Tree cabin. It would be fun if I could share the videos of it running.

The roof in the cottage was falling down so I have taken it down so that I could put up drywall unless I find some grant money to actually replaster it.

This is the temporary back wall after 90,000 honey bees were removed to a safer location by our bee keeping friends.  

Tumble weeds grew well after the flooding of the Fountain Creek area in 2013. The water did not even come up to level of the trees in the distance. July 25 th week of 2014 brought another high water mark  that brought the water up to water the roots of the Cottonwoods and elms in the background of the photo.

Cactus Rose takes a jeep trip Tin Cup pass in the Colorado Mountains World War II Battle of the Bulge Vet that lost his eye rebuilding the other jeep on this trip.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.
Cactus Rose with Craig Engelage. Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo of my husband with Cactus Rose. He has had a long affair with this jeep! copyright July 2014.

Photo of Mr. Grey's (sp? Gray's) jeep by my husband Ragan who is wishing he would have taken more action shots while on the Mountain passes near Buena Vista Colorado. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Chris Reed, Craig Engelage, Baron  and others enjoyed Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Top of Tin Cup Pass Colorado

Our dog, Coal (who is black as coal and also has his name spelled Cole sometimes), looks like he thinks the WWII seats were redone with perfect padding for him. The human riders grew in their appreciation of the rough ride soldiers must have had in these minimally padded seats. Coal is part Mastiff, St. Bernard, Australian Shepherd, Collie  and totally lovable mix of a few other breeds of dog from Hanover Colorado. This is Cactus Rose the Jeep rescued from the crusher now making to the timberline passes of Colorado. Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Baron made the trip and the restoration possible for Mr. Grey, the owner and his Grandfather. He worked hand in hand for hours, days, months and years now with Ragan Simpich, jeep rescuer, and Mr. Grey. Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Photo by my husband Ragan. copyright July 2014.

Mr. Grey's jeep and Cactus Rose meet for photo opp at the top of  Hancock Pass.  Photo by my husband Ragan who has helped rescue over 100 jeeps not including Mr. Greys as he and his family did most of the work on the one on the left. Ragan did give advice, many hours and parts to the project. copyright July 2014.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cactus Rose WWII Jeep Rescue


This is a true story about Cactus Rose the jeep pictured below that I helped my husband, also known as "Jeep Rescuer", to get on the internet tonight. Ragan Simpich dictated the story to me:
"Cactus Rose" is the name of this 1942 slat grill Willys MB Jeep. I got a call one day from a friend, Tom, who said, "There is a really old jeep at the crusher that you might want to check on." I went over to P and L Scrap Iron in Colorado Springs to see it.
(if you happen to be wondering about the gold line at the bottom that is a the cloth behind the photo when I took the cell phone copies of these photos to get them quickly on the internet in response to posting on Facebook wanting this story on her Blog. I do have better photographs available. Maybe someday I will get them here.)
It was next in line to be crushed, a pitiful yellow hulk sitting next to the crusher. It had 4 tires holding air and an engine compartment reasonably complete even including a radiator.
The grill, windshield, seats and many small items were missing. It said, "Willys" on the back panel. When I saw that writing along with the age of the body, I new it was a slat grill. I ask how much he wanted for it. Three hundred dollars was the price. I had just sold some jeep parts so I went to the ranch and got the trailer and the money and came back to get the jeep.
My son and I went to lunch to celebrate the rescue!
We took it home and began the long process of restoring it. Three years later and much hard work it was finally ready for the Veterans Day Parade in November 2013. I had spent months tearing things apart welding, pounding, and fixing, all the while looking for missing original WWII parts. I purchased three other WWII jeeps plus traded for a WWII original canvas top. Parts were also used off of jeeps I already owned to get the jeep restored.
At the 2013 Veterans Day Parade, Colorado Springs Colorado. I am sure someone has a better photo of it in parade.
Two months of spare time were used welding on the frame alone. Three more months were spent welding on the body before the body work could begin. After much intensive labor it started coming together. Each piece seemed to take several hours to prepare before it became functional.
Cholla Cactus copyright with all rights reserved by Corawithacamera July 2011
She was named "Cactus Rose" for the cholla cactus that bloomed rosie red around the jeep during restoration. Most of the restoration was done during three of the years my wife and I lived on our cattle ranch.   
It was a big day when it was finally driven down to the creek behind our new house, two weeks before the parade.
In the new to us garage two transmissions were fixed and moved back and forth into the jeep three days before the parade to make sure it would not get stuck between gears!

Cactus Rose in the distant upper right corner in its new to us jeep rescue shop.
She was good girl and functioned flawlessly for the Parade with Veterans of the First Cavalry group marching beside and behind it. They had all worked hard to march all the way so no one needed a ride in the parade after all!
Cactus Rose is not quite finished yet.

Ragan Simpich, " Jeep Rescuer" in Cactus Rose after the parade. Photo by Corawithacamera Jan 2014

Cactus Rose now has its name painted on her.

Looking for the meaning of the 2 on orange paint that was original on the first layer of paint on this jeep.

Just received word from Amy of Kaiser Willys that the Cactus Rose story is posted there at the following sites as of Mar 25, 2014:
Hi Cora,
Thanks for sending in the photos and story of your Willys MB! Would you mind if I use this as our Willys Jeep Life Blog and link to your own Blog? I set up an album for you on the Kaiser Willys Blog - (links are below). Feel free to send more photos, special stories and / or information updates at any time to this email address and I will post them for you - Have a great week!
- Amy

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