Justin Mbelechi, a 13-year-old refugee from Africa, jumps through the frigid water of Echo Lake near Idaho Springs, Colo. He is a member of Colorado Boy Scout Troop 1532, which is made up almost entirely of refugees. It’s unclear how many of the nation’s 2.3 million scouts are refugees, but “few programs are as equipped to help children learn and embrace American culture,” Effie Delimarkos, a Boy Scouts of America spokeswoman, said in an email to The Associated Press. Read my story HERE, and see my entire photo gallery HERE. For other photos, please visit my website at www.thomaspeipert.com.
Light streams into a parking garage in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. www.thomaspeipert.com
Icicles on a lodge at Colorado’s Keystone Resort. www.thomaspeipert.com
A BMXer performs at the FISE World Series at a downtown Denver sculpture park in September. www.thomaspeipert.com
A storm moves over Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in southern Colorado. www.thomaspeipert.com
A couple of panoramic photos in and near Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in southern Colorado. www.thomaspeipert.com
Samuel Anderson of the Seattle band Hey Marseilles performs at Denver’s Day of Rock on May 28, 2016. www.thomaspeipert.com