Author: Colton Babladelis

A poet errant, ever curious and always hungry, I've come to love travel, languages, food, and nature. Many times, they all come together, and my work in poetry and photography aims to capture the overlapping edges of the things that I love, and different forms of art.

Found freedom

I found freedom

In your love

And broke free

From the shackles

Of my loneliness

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Death Valley flower in poetry

Kissed by the sun

“Kissed by the sun” an excerpt from “Grains of Sand” – this photo was taken in Naxos, the largest island in the Cyclades.

Slopes of Aiguille du Midi

This shot from one of the look out decks near the peak of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix, France, makes it easy to see why the Mt. Blanc massif is such a climbing, hiking, and skiing paradise. Shot in August 2017.Aguille du Midi.jpg

August flower

I really like this juxtaposition of a delicate, dried, end of summer flower head imposed against the looming figure of Mt. Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe.

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Mt. Blanc Mountain Sheep

Came across a flock of sheep on the first day of the Tour du Mont Blanc, and this one let me get close enough to take a friendly photo.

Mt. Blanc Sheep

Forgotten Limestone Quarry

This limestone quarry in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan used to be one of my favorite swimming spots as a kid, but it’s been closed down and mostly abandoned for the last few years.Calsbar Quarry.jpg