Now that I am retired I can spend as much time as I want pursuing the best pictures. I am an amateur photographer, and have been for decades. Working a full time job and raising and family does not leave a lot of extra time for hobbies. I waited a long time to be able to immerse myself in the world of photography, and for the last 2 years that is exactly what I have been doing. I spend 30 to 40 hours a week in the woods looking for the perfect shots, and twice that much time editing! Because I live in the forest outside of Denver, Colorado, I never have to worry about subject matter, because this is the most beautiful place in the world. I rarely ever go to Denver, and I have never taken any photos there, because I prefer nature photography. But while I don’t want to live in the city, there is a reason that I chose to live so close to Denver. Although I have the solitude and tranquility of nature all around me, I am just a 15 minute drive from the outskirts of Denver, which gives me access to a lot of resources. If I lived farther away from Denver I might have to grow my own weed, but thanks to local cannabis dispensaries I don’t need to do that. Denver is so close I can go there whenever I need, but it is far enough away that I can forget about it altogether… until the next time I want to get cannabis.