May 30, 2011

The Dead Wood Carvings

Hello from Craig, Colorado. I've been here since Wednesday afternoon and since then I haven't done a whole lot. The weather has been cold, rainy and windy, but I have found some time in between storms to grab some outfit photos.

Hat: Forever 21; Jean jacket: Levi's; Pull-over cardigan: Banana Republic; Shirt: Levi's; Bracelets: Kate Spade & J Crew; Jeans: Levi's; Boots: Steve Madden

This was my first attempt at outfit shots on my own while in Colorado for the summer. I'll admit, it wasn't easy. At home I have the world's best photographer (my wonderful boyfriend Scott), so taking my own photos (that I felt good about) was a bit of a task. I know over time though I should get the hang of it.

Throughout the town of Craig they have a ton of these wood carvings (I would say close to 100). A few years ago almost all the trees in the town were infected with a bug/virus of some sort that killed most of them.

Not wanting to get rid of all the beautiful trees in town (although they looked pretty awful) the town decided to have a party, a wood carving party where they had professional wood carvers come in and make beautiful, elaborate designs out of the dead wood. The one pictured in the background of these photos is one of my favorites. It reminds me of a spooky house during Halloween (my favorite time of year).

Most of the other wood carvings have a nature theme and included bears, and what I can only assume to be spirits of the forrest. Many of them actually remind me of totem poles.

Funny story- So while I was out taking these photos (in a public park nonetheless) I man in a forklift came driving behind me, right behind wood carving I was standing in front of. He stopped on the other side of the park for awhile, and then proceeded to pick up a nearby picnic table with his forklift and put it in the road that separates one side of the park from the other. I continued with taking my photos while he did this, as he had moved to the other side picking up a table there. I didn't feel too awkward taking photos in front of him, not until he stopped his forklift in the road, near the tables he had just sat down, turned off his ride and sat back in his bucket seat and folded his arms and stared at me. Oh man! This continued for almost five minutes while I finished, packed up, and got in my car. I could have possibly been in his way, but he could have certainly gone around me. I didn't mind having him there, but the staring was too much. Creepy man!

Hope everyone has a happy Memorial Day. It is windy and cold here again today, but I'm hoping the weather turns around soon. I want to go downtown and check out their mini celebration later!

What are you up to today? Have you been to Craig, or seen similar pretty wood carvings?


  1. you look so pretty, love the hat! self timing is such a pain, isnt it?

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  2. I luv your hat and the carvings looks awesome <3 its been rainy here for 3 week seriously I have no idea when its going to stop...

  3. I love love love the bright yellow hat :)

    <3 Belly B

  4. First: I LOVE your outfit and that hat is AWESOME!!!

    Second: I am in love with those trees!!! I've never seen them before! I wish I could see them in person!!!

    Third: Halloween is my FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVER!!!

    Fourth: Creepy man. >:(

    Fifth: I left you an award on my blog!!!

  5. I'm a new follower! :) Can't wait to get to know you better!

  6. Those carvings are beautiful!! and slightly creepy lol

    Too bad about the forklift guy givin' you the evil eye.

    Oh and I haven't been out to Craig though it seems pretty!!

  7. You are so so pretty! Your hair <3.<3
    I hope despite the weather you're having a lovely time in CO!<3

  8. i LOVE those carvings! they are so amazing.
    and you look adorable!

    ~Andrea @