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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Armchair Photography‏

December 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

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If you have seen as many movies as I have — and I haven’t seen very many — you have often seen the American Humane Society’s disclaimer that, “No animals were harmed” in the making of this film.

Likewise, no calories were burned in the shooting of this picture. If you have read many of my articles, you will know that I rarely use the passive voice, but I had to do that here for symmetry with the quotation.

Because of my operation a couple of weeks ago and all the blood that I have lost, I am still feeling rather weak. So I am making sure to get a lot of sleep and got up late this morning.

But when I looked out of my living room window, I saw a winter scene that I just had to photograph. I thought about getting dressed quickly and dashing outside. Then, when I checked the weather report, I had second thoughts.

The temperature was then 9 degrees F below zero. It’s since warmed up, but this afternoon it’s still below zero. I do plan on going out for lunch — I am getting stir crazy by not being able to hike — but since we have absolutely no wind, it doesn’t feel that cold.

This is one of the easiest photos I’ve ever taken. This was the view this morning from my easy chair.

Steam Rising on Tantra Lake

Steam Rising on Tantra Lake


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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michelle // Dec 29, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    David. This is beautiful. We live in Colorado Springs. And its good to see so much of the beauty in the Rockies even at zero temps! We hope your recovery goes smoothly.
    My husband is on Dr. Walsers diet and 15 year post kidney transplant and just recently on insulin due to meds. We hope to avoid dialysis and lessen the need for insulin. Thanks for all your helpful info. Michelle

  • 2 David Mendosa // Dec 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Dear Michelle,

    Thank you for your good thoughts! While my doctor hasn’t told me that I can go hiking yet — I hope that he clears me for that when I see him tomorrow — I am walking more every day as I get back in shape after my operation. Today was beautiful here in Boulder and I walked along Boulder Creek for an hour and one-half.

    I do hope that your husband is able to avoid dialysis. You might be interested one of my recent articles:

    Best regards,


  • 3 exercises for shoulder blade and chest pain // Apr 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Armchair Photography‏ . LOL, awesome dude.

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