Our Favorite Photos Of The Week Will Make You Wish We Had Smell-O-Vision Technology … And Happy We Don’t

July 12, 2019
Smells Like ColoradoSmells Like ColoradoAlex Scoville/CPR News
So, what does Colorado smell like? Perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz worked that out. She uses a pipette to prepare a delicate mix of scents in a new perfume she is developing at her Boulder work space on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

What does Colorado smell like? Perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is figuring that out. “I was really trying to evoke the entirety of walking through a Colorado meadow into the forest. Because there are grasses and fresh air and other deciduous trees,” Hurwitz said. “I really focused on the contrast and complement of those elements next to the Colorado blue spruce that I used and other pine kind of notes.” There’s Ponderosa pine bark, lemon essential oil and leaf alcohol, the smell you pick up when your lawn is freshly mown.


Deer Trail Rodeo 150 AnniversaryHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Steer wrestling, also known as bulldogging, at the Deer Trail Rodeo.
Deer Trail Rodeo 150 AnniversaryHart Van Denburg/CPR News
A cowboy takes a dive after being thrown off a saddle bronc at the Deer Trail Rodeo.

The annual Deer Trail Rodeo marked 150 years when it got underway Friday evening July 5, 2019. The town, about an hour east of Denver on the Plains, claims to be the first site of a rodeo anywhere in the United States.


Kalindi DeFrancis works on her installation at The Storeroom in City Park West.

Kalindi DeFrancis is hanging what look like large slabs of meat in a  large storefront window on 17th Avenue. With the door propped open to let a breeze into the tiny space — as much for her snoozing, wolf-life dog Malachi as it is for her — she’s preparing for an opening two days away. “I have a lot of sausages I’ll be bringing later,” DeFrancis says. The sausages and the slabs hanging in the window aren’t meat. It’s a little more plain to see when you get closer that they’re driftwood, painted red for her installation, “Meat Amigo (a butcher shop),” at The Storeroom.


Prison PodcastHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Prisoner Sarah Berry interviews Dept. of Corrections executive director Dean Williams,
Prison PodcastHart Van Denburg/CPR News
Prisoner Andrew Draper listens as he and the With(In) crew discuss podcast planning.

A select group of state prison system inmates are producing a podcast called With(In) through a program with the University of Denver. They interviewed Dean Williams, executive director of the Department of Corrections, on Tuesday July 9 2019. We'll have a story soon from arts reporter Stephanie Wolf.


Western Slope I See You 190710Stina Sieg/CPR News
What the story behind this weather-beaten chapel off I-70, just outside Palisade?
Western Slope I See You 190710Stina Sieg/CPR News
This is what you find inside that church: a nightmare.

CPR Western Slope reporter Stina Sieg writes, "I finally found the rough dirt road that leads to this skeleton of a weather-beaten chapel off I-70, just outside Palisade. After months of wondering, I've now heard it's a paintball range. So yes, sometimes the mystery is tastier than the truth." You can see more of Stina's photos here.


Curious raccoons at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Urban Wildlife RehabKevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Birds and a rodent pinned to a board inside a Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Despite its big-city trappings, Denver is, without a doubt, a wild ecosystem. And there’s an entire infrastructure of human activity to manage it all. Most of the time, animals enter these human networks when they’re injured. While some species have thrived in the urban environment, many cannot avoid contact with cars, windows or pets. Those who do end up in one or all three stages of Denver’s wildlife management: rescue, rehabilitation and afterlife in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Kevin's here to report on how it all goes down.


Librarian Brian Trembath poses for a portrait inside the Western History Collection on the 5th floor of the central branch on Broadway, July 5, 2019.

The city of Denver was a lot smaller when Rufus E. Cable photographed it around 1860. His image of Larimer Street, likely taken at what is now Larimer Square, depicts a classic vision of an old west town: squat buildings with square facades and covered wagons surrounded by flat dirt. The shot is complete with edges blurred by his imprecise lens that likely transcribed the scene onto a metal plate negative. Brian Trembath, a librarian at the central library’s Western History Collection, did some archival gumshoeing to confirm that it is, probably, the earliest known photo of the city.


Rail Road Crossing Near Deer TrailHart Van Denburg/CPR News
The sun sets behind a gathering storm as seen from a rail road crossing east of Deer Trail.

Our websiteFacebookTwitter and Instagram feeds go beyond the radio to show you what Colorado looks like, as well as what it sounds like. This weekly feature is curated by CPR visuals editor Hart Van Denburg and Denverite photojournalist Kevin J. Beaty.