Photo: "Goodbye... For Now"

I realize this photo is nothing spectacular, but the feeling I get while staring into this image evokes amazing memories from an unforgettable journey.

This was taken on my last hour in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado last month. Casey, Tony and I had spent many days exploring 4x4 trails, the backroads of the San Juan mountains, waking up surrounded by only nature and solitude each morning. It was hard to say goodbye and as I drove down this highway one last time, the clouds opened up and put on a lovely light show for me as if to say, "Goodbye for now. I know you will be back soon."

Photo: "Snow-Capped"

 
 

Last week I returned from an incredible week in Colorado, exploring 4x4 trails and the lesser seen parts of the San Juans. 

The higher elevations saw a light dusting of snow a few days before we arrived, which gave the landscape a beautiful glow.

This 4x4 trail led us past a ghost town and mine before winding up to this mountain top. 

Photo: "Patient Wing at Sunrise"

 
 

Inside one of the patient wings of a former Alabama State Hospital, at sunrise. 

This asylum opened in 1861 and remained in operation for over 100 years. In 2010, the University of Alabama purchased the property and demolished most of the hospital's wings, keeping only the administration section of this historic relic.