I'm Tamera Goldsmith, a portrait and wedding photographer based in Colorado Springs and serving the Front Range: the Springs, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Pueblo and the world. I specialize in wedding photojournalism and creative lifestyle portraiture, including maternity, babies, children, families and high school senior portraits. Thanks for visiting!



Saturday, May 05, 2007

Europe Day 5


I'm finally getting back on track with posting my Europe trip. Day 5 was really exciting for me because we got to see the Tower of London. Gene was still feeling poorly so it was just me, Pat and Chuck. We started off the day by hooking up with an old friend of mine, Marit. I haven't seen her since the 80's! Marit's originally from Holland but now lives in Kent with her husband and kids. We met at Victoria Station and went to lunch at a noodle place that she likes, then we strolled over to Buckingham Palace just in time to watch the changing of the guard. What a sight to see! The flag was flying over the palace, which means that the queen was in residence that day. I'm not sure what all the pomp and circumstance was about but it was pretty cool. There was a parade with some gorgeous horses, a couple of antique carriages and a lot of uniformed guards. I think it was more than just "changing the guards," but what do I know? I'm glad we were there in November, because there were relatively few tourists. We got to see things pretty well. Marit told me that she brought her family there in July and the closest they could get was about 100 yards away. Anyway, it was all pretty amazing.

After saying goodbye to Marit we found our way to the Tower of London. I didn't know much about it other than that the crown jewels are kept there, so I had no idea what to expect. It was SO COOL. The Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, which makes it almost 1,000 years old. Wow. Subsequent rulers added on to it, and the tower's official use actually lasted until about the 1950's. Of course now it's a historic monument and world heritage site. (You can read more about the Tower of London here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_london) What got me was that it was real, not fake. I don't know how else to explain it. I kept having to remind myself that I wasn't at Disneyland or something. It's the real deal and it's mind-boggling!

The crown jewels were spectacular but pictures aren't allowed. Too bad, because they were breathtaking! I did take lots of pictures of everything else though. What really creeps me out about the Tower is that the Yeomen Warders ("beefeaters") are actually quartered there. You couldn't get me to live there under any circumstances! Think of all the torture and beheadings that took place there over the centuries. The place is surely haunted from dungeon to rafters.

After the Tower we went for a curry. That was a big one on my list of things to do in London. I wanted the total London experience! The food was great and we barely made it back to London Bridge Station in time to grab the last train of the night to Edenbridge. We sort of dozed off on the train and almost missed our stop! It was hilarious -- suddenly I sat bolt upright and said, "Is this our stop?!?" We all panicked and scrambled to jump off the train as the doors were closing. Sadly, in our hurry to get off the train Chuck left behind a bag of souvenirs that he had bought at Buckingham Palace and the Tower. Too bad! Oh well, it was a great day anyway.

I know I've gotten away from posting these Europe pics in order, so if you want to see the previous posts here they are:

Day 1:
http://click-photography.blogspot.com/2007/01/europe-day-1.html
Day 2:
http://click-photography.blogspot.com/2007/01/europe-day-2.html
Day 3:
http://click-photography.blogspot.com/2007/01/europe-day-3.html
Day 4:
http://click-photography.blogspot.com/2007/02/europe-day-4.html


And here are some pictures from Day 5...

The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. I guess these are their winter uniforms.

This isn't a great picture but I wanted to show how beautiful the royal horses are.


Chuck took this picture. He's tall enough to see over people's heads. Lucky him.

Chuck took this one too.

I couldn't see through them so I took a picture of them instead.

The ornate gates at Buckingham Palace. It's hard to believe that basically this is someone's house.



My friend Marit. I hadn't seen her in about 20 years!

The Tower of London. The grassy area surrounding it was once the moat. How cool is that?!?

A cross-shaped slit in the castle wall for shooting arrows out of

"God save the Queen! She ain't no human being!"



Chuck standing in front of Henry VIII's armor. The codpiece cracked me up! Gotta protect the family jewels I guess. (Click on the picture for a closer look.)


The Lion of Saint Mark


These guys are called Yeomen Warders or beefeaters, and they are the traditional guards of the castle. There are 35 of them plus a Chief Warder. They actually live in the Tower -- yikes! Think of the ghosts there!

The "ER II" on their uniforms stands for Elizabeth Regina II


This is the spot where many beheadings took place, including Anne Boleyn.


I guess 1,000 year-old castles don't have dryers.


This is one of my favorite images from the entire trip.


The original structure built by William the Conqueror. It's called the White Tower.

The Tower of London by night


To read about Day 4 click here
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Car gazing

My boyfriend Pat, my brother Chuck and I had some free time on Saturday, April 28th, so we decided to go and check out the informal car show in the Grocery Warehouse parking lot on Powers and Constitution. If you've never been, you should! Basically it's a just a bunch of car nuts showing off their babies on any given Saturday afternoon (weather permitting). It's completely informal, meaning anyone can come and show their car. There's no fee and no organization so to speak -- just drive up and park. There are some amazing automobiles to be seen! This was my first time checking it out, and I drove my vintage BMW to show off too. For you BMW nerds out there, it's a 1972 2002 tii, and it's completely stock (original injectors and all the numbers match -- it's grey market). I bought it in 1993 and as far as I know I'm the third owner. I have every receipt on this car, including the original dealer's window sticker. Mechanically it's great but now it's time to spend some money on the body (sigh). Owning a vintage car is expensive, but it's a joy! Check some of these cars out. Such love went into them!


I'm a sucker for a VW. I had three Karmann Ghias (one was for parts) but I got rid of them when I bought the Bimmer. One of these days I'll find another little Ghia to love...



A '69 (I think) Shelby Cobra GT 350. That little smear you see on the hood is my drool. I am totally in love with this car.

Another view of it. It's sweet!

Here's my Bimmer. It needs a wash. I love my car!

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Coffee anyone?

Sunday, March 18th was a patented gorgeous spring day in Colorado. Sometime around sunset I asked Pat if he wanted to go for a cup of coffee. "Sure," he said, "where do you want to go?" We looked at each other and simultaneously shouted, "Pueblo!" It's not that we think Pueblo has the world's greatest coffee, it's that we love to take a spontaneous drive anywhere, anytime...

On the way down the interstate we decided to take a little detour. There's a country road that runs parallel to I-25, about a mile east of the interstate. We love this road! We drive on it all the time but I never seem to have a camera with me when we do. At the golden hour especially, this is a nice way to get to Pueblo. It's a mostly unpaved road with a few ranches and farms on it. I just like it a lot. I had a camera with me this time around, so I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

My awesome boyfriend Pat!








We never did get coffee. We ended up at Pizza Hut instead. Great coffee run!

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