日本

Japan - storefront

I recently had the opportunity to visit Japan. An amazing country populated with some of the most kind and generous people I’ve ever met.

Japan - temple 1

And the Nigiri! I’ll forever be spoiled, as I don’t think I’ll ever taste Nigiri as good as it was in Tokyo.

Japan - woman

I plan on adding more photographs soon (still fighting jet lag), and I look forward to sharing my travel experiences, illuminating the diverse and eclectic global community we happen to be a part of.

We are more connected than we know!

Photograph copyright Mike Yost 2015

Red Death

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“And now was acknowledged the presence of the Red Death. He had come like a thief in the night. And one by one dropped the revellers in the blood-bedewed halls of their revel, and died each in the despairing posture of his fall. And the life of the ebony clock went out with that of the last of the gay. And the flames of the tripods expired. And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all.”
—Edgar Allen Poe, “The Masque of the Red Death”

Photograph copyright Mike Yost 2015

Littleton Cemetery

Littleton Cemetery sign V2

Halloween is almost upon us!

I shot some photos in historic Littleton Cemetery for a local nonprofit. The cemetery’s records date clear back to 1869, with bodies buried on the same grounds long before there was any official cemetery.

Perhaps the cemetery’s most famous (or infamous) resident is that of Alfred Packer, better known as the Colorado Cannibal.  He consumed the flesh of his travel companions to survive a harsh winter in the Colorado Mountains.

Packer

You can learn more about Packer and his ghoulish dining habits in an article I wrote up for a local Colorado LGBT publication:  outfrontonline.com/news/the-gruseome-taste-of-colorado-alfred-packer-the-colorado-cannibal

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Statue

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I’ve always felt a sense of peace in cemeteries, a quietude that I rarely experience in any other environment.

Photographs copyright Mike Yost 2015

Silent Spaces

Tolland Abandoned Home - living room

 

Tolland Back of Abandoned Home

I took these at some abandoned houses in the Colorado Mountains.  There’s something fascinating to me about derelict buildings, these silent spaces where maybe children once giggled at the dinner table over a plate of uneaten carrots,  where perhaps a father or a mother wept alone in the shower over the loss of their own parents, where entire families once slept soundly beneath a vast canopy of timeless stars.

These silent spaces now an echo of lives lived, their home slowly retreating into the Earth.

Photographs copyright Mike Yost 2015

Right-of-Way

Tolland Double Rail

I took this near Tolland, Colorado.  The rail eventually runs under the Continental Divide through the Moffat Tunnel, linking Denver with Salt Lake City.  It’s intriguing to imagine the first train passing through the tunnel in 1928 on railroad lines still used today by Union Pacific.

Photograph copyright Mike Yost 2015

Cementerio de la Recoleta

ARG Cemetery

I have a group of awesome friends in Buenos Aires who took me to the historic Cementerio de la Recoleta.  The cemetery dates back to the 1700s and is home to many exceptional Argentinians such as Eva Perón.  Beautiful and haunting, I could have spent an entire week there taking pictures.

Photograph copyright Mike Yost 2015