Sometimes I get to see cool stuff

Red Lego Volvo XC90
I am lucky in that my travels sometimes take me to some very cool places and I get to see or do things I have never done before. Such was the case at the recent Governor’s 2008 Colorado Tourism Conference in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Besides being in the mountains for all of the great fall colors, I came across this car near the ice rink in the main plaza at Bachelor Gulch.

It is a Volvo XC90 that has been completely covered in Lego. I tried searching for it on Google to learn more (there were no placards or anything else to explain why it was there), but all I came up with were references to a blue one. As you can quite clearly see, this is not the blue one that kept coming up in my Google searches.

Here are more photos of the red Lego Volvo. And in case you were wondering, yes, it is a real car underneath – I got down on the ground to take a look.

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Colorado Fall Colors

View from the Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek
Last week I had the privilege of staying at the Park Hyatt Resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado for the 2008 Governor’s Colorado Tourism Conference. The event was a huge success, and the keynote’s and breakout’s alike were immensely valuable.

One thing that kept getting mentioned was how intense the fall colors were. A co-worker and I drove up Wednesday morning. Along the way we stopped near Gray’s and Torrey’s Peaks to take in the color and snap some photos. I hate doing my PP work on my laptop (the photo above was done on the laptop and I think it is time to recalibrate the color on it), so I saved most of them until this week. I’ll work on the post processing and get the photos online in the next few days. I think I got some good shots, including some beetle kill ones that might make for good stock imagery, since that is such a hot topic these days.

Sadly, the beautiful color may not have lasted through the weekend. As we were leaving Beaver Creek on Friday afternoon, storms were blowing in with a fury. And I saw on the news last night that it was snowing pretty good in the mountains. That usually equates to the leaves being knocked off the trees. Hopefully you were able to experience it while it was there, I can’t remember the last time the colors were so vivid. By the way, the photo above is the view from my room at the conference.

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Off to the desert

Arizona Sunset
Sunday I am flying to Phoenix for 4 days to attend an IT Conference for work (conference is in Scottsdale). I get in to PHX around 9:30am local time, at which time I will head to Tucson. I lived in Prescott, AZ for 5 years in college (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) and never went to Tucson. So this time I am going to. Not sure what exactly I am going to do down there yet, but I am hoping to be at Kitt Peak at dusk and into the evening to get some pics of the observatories. I’ll try to get out to shoot every day, and hope to get my images posted here every evening. Keep an eye out, should be some good stuff. Anyone got recommendations on what to see in Tucson?

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