Every photographer needs places close to home to visit often, in all seasons, when the light changes, and to keep rust from building up from too many hours in front of a computer display. Plainview Road, on Jefferson County Open Space is one of those places for me. A unique view of the Flatirons near Boulder, looking across vast open grassland. In autumn, the native mixed grasses, particularly big bluestem, turn shades of red and gold that compliment blue skies nicely. This landscape is also connected to Boulder Open Space, contiguous wild lands next to a major urban area. A resident elk herd is among the diverse range of wildlife frequently seen here.