What's This, Mamma?
By Joyce Wolff

Ranch resident, Pam Russell has won a state-wide photo competition sponsored by Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance.  This spring Pam took the photo she titled, "What's This, Mamma?" at her home on, appropriately, Little Bear Drive.  She submitted it to the Santa Fe Trail Website Photo Gallery where Don Ruward saw it, recognized a winner, and suggested that she watch for photo competitions.  The opportunity quickly arose.

The contest ran May 1 through September 30 of this year, seeking photographs that best depicted Colorado Life Style.  Over 1,200 entries have come from all parts of the state.so far.  Pam's photo was chosen as one of six semi-finalists from about 300 entries for August and earned her a prize of $40 while Baby Bear and Mamma investigating the bird bath appeared in the local newspapers.  Then she was notified that her photo had won for the month, an added $500, and would be used in the 2005 Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance calendar, titled Country Way of Life.  If she wins the last step in the competition she will earn the Grand Prize of $1000 and her picture will be used on the cover of the Calendar.  We wish her GOOD LUCK!!!

You can view her photo in the Photo Gallery on this Website and on the Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance Website, www.cfbinsurance.com, along with her competition to date.  At the end of October all the photographs will be available for viewing.  Calendars can be ordered on line as well.  The Website states that profits from the calendar will benefit charities around Colorado.

A year and a half ago she and her family: identical twin sister, Patti Kinder, Patti's husband, Rick and the girl's mother, Docia Neighbors moved into the beautiful log home that Rick and crew built two winters ago.  Since moving to the Santa Fe Trail Ranch we have enjoyed Pam's varied photos on the Website.  The snow this winter and spring provided her abundant subject matter resulting in some excellent wildlife photos.  She recently submitted an article with her photos on the Las Animas County Fair.  Pam credits her father, who always had his camera in hand, as her inspiration, becoming interested even before she was a teenager.  She praises the advantages and opportunities that have come along with the digital era.  That technical advance along with the wealth of beautiful material in southern Colorado have provided her and us great pleasure.  We wish her continued success.