Alien Squid Lady?

A huge, strange metal sculpture that is part mermaid, creature from the black lagoon, alien xenomorph and squid or octopus that sits on the top of a an old brick warehouse building on the border of downtown Colorado Springs, CO and Old Colorado City. It’s in a location that makes it hard to see and appreciate, being up on a building surrounded by railroad tracks, a major interstate highway and a major road overpass, underpass intersection. Have driven by many times I decided to walk by and see if I could capture some images, but most of the angles except for one side are blocked when you’re on foot.

The sculpture’s placement makes it seem a strange part of the billboard in front and below it.
Squid Lady 2
Looking out from the top of the building like a strange aquatic version of a gargoyle.
Squid Lady 3
The Creature from the Colorado Springs Lagoon?

Photo: Stone House & tree near sunset

Stone House and tree near sunset
12/24/14 – Stone House and tree near sunset

Sitting on a bench near the end of the day the other day, took this HDR photo of the Stone House at the Bear Creek Green Belt. We had been under a “wave effect” cloud pretty much all day, which you can see at the top of the photo. The sun was just setting, lighting the scene from the horizon under the stationary cloud front.

014:365:2014 Snowstorm over frozen lake panorama

014:365:2014 Snowstorm over frozen lake panorama

014:365:2014 Snowstorm over frozen lake panorama

Tried processing this several ways and while I’m not super happy with the end result I think its not too bad. Initially I really wanted to see the misty foggy look of the far side of the lake, but all my attempts did not come out well. In future I guess I’ll have to try using a tripod and try to shield the lens from falling snow better as the speckling caused by the falling snow and melting snow on the lens really played havoc with this digitally stitched panorama. Ended up going the other way; with this high contrast, dark, sharp & desaturated version which I think came out pretty cool and managed to capture the downright chilly landscape.