DeBoer Park

I decided to choose DeBoer Park as my nature site for this blog. Two years ago, I helped restore this park through the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program when we stayed at the University of Denver. Since I am already familiar with the park and I have been involved in its development, I decided to…

Inner Connection

As I sit here observing the last blossomed flowers of the season, I ponder the sustainability and future of this park. Over the past few months of blogging, this park has brought me solace and peace throughout my crazy college experience. Whenever I find myself biking and taking pictures in the park for my blog, I…

Her Stance on Fracking

Hillary Clinton does not support fracking when, number one, “any locality or any state is against it,” number two,  “when the release of methane or contamination of water is present,” or number three, when we don’t know exactly what chemicals are being used during the fracking process. Although Hillary Clinton supported fracking when she was…

Frack No

“So nature does indeed need protection from man; but man, too, needs protection from his own acts, for he is part of the living world. His war against nature is inevitably a war against himself. His heedless and destructive acts enter into the cast cycles of the earth, and in time return to him.” –…

Complexities of Fracking

Fracking is a complicated human contrivance resulting from using millions of gallons of water, driving hundreds of truckloads back and forth, drilling seven thousand feet into the ground, piercing through clean aquifers, pressurizing a toxic mix of water, sand, and chemicals, using the pressurized  mix to fracture and crack the layer of shale, and collecting the…

Eco-Feminism

Valuing the mind and devaluing the body. I have experienced this notion when women are shamed for their body and their sexuality, while men are praised for their knowledge. The female body is inherently sexual, while the mind allows for opportunities to gain power. This rationale has manifested itself through the oppression and control of…

White Truths

Whiteness in the Factory Smoke I have had moments of clarity in my life where I see nothing but the truth exposed in front of me. That truth is usually what I find out about myself, when there is such a lack of color that I find nothing by my own reflection staring back at…

Golden Hues

After I rode my bike for an hour around Denver and the DU campus, I spontaneously decided to visit my journaling site. As I rode down the path, my heart and soul filled with joy after every breath of the crisp, fall air. I looked around in awe of the drastic changes that occurred since my…

Cold Reflection

One of my favorite parts about this park is the stream that run right down the middle. The clear water is encompassed by lush greens, overgrown shrubs, and textured boulders. The small stream brings so much life to the park, including the people that come to walk along its edge to reflect and find tranquillity….

Weathered Beauty

On the same cottonwood tree, I saw two very different leaves. The leaf shown on the left is undamaged, completely intact, and vibrant. In contrast, the leaf displayed on the right has been subject to possible insects and weather. Despite the damages, like the torn, burnt edges and ripped middle, it is still equally beautiful…

Everlasting Evergreens

In contrast to the vibrant fall leaves, I decided to capture an evergreen that will last throughout the winter. Unlike the aspen tree leaves, the needles will not transform through the seasons as drastically. It’s a very subtle change that reminds me that attention shouldn’t have to be demanded. Sometimes it’s okay to not be…

Pull Focus

Today, I grabbed my hat, my backpack, and my phone and biked to the local park in Denver. It was a beautiful day, and there were so many families and couples enjoying the sun. Since I went by myself, I had the ability to explore with the sound of laughing children in the background (which is never…