This summer has proven to be a challenging one for Colorado residents; with multiple fires and mudslides displacing families and destroying thousands of acres of property, our residents have stepped up to help those neighbors affected by wild ol' Mother Nature.

If there was ever any doubt about the kindness and generosity of the folks of Colorado, I think the sheer number of helpful volunteers we've seen has extinguished any last ember of doubt.

A HUGE thank you to the thousands of volunteers who put their life in harm's way, or offered up their homes and kitchens to assist the displaced families. From the bottom of my heart - thank you all so very, very much.

Here are a few images taken during the first big fire, which ignited about 13 miles from our home, in the High Park area. The smoke made for sorrowful yet beautiful sunrises and sunsets.