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2018 Lake City and Hinsdale County Colorado Calendar.

This twelve month 9x12 scenic wall calendar features 12 photos of the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of this pristine and remote area of Colorado. There is a quantity discount if you order more than 2.

Also I am including a free Lake City Greeting card on the first 30 orders of 3 or more.

Shipping is a flat rate of $4.00. 

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Two Days in Hinsdale County, Colorado

August 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

What can you see around Lake City, Colorado if you've only got 48 hours?  Answers below with a photo journey through one of America's most remote counties, Hinsdale County, Colorado!

All photos taken over two days in early September, 2016.

North Clear Creek FallsNorth Clear Creek Falls North Clear Creek FallsNorth Clear Creek FallsSummer

North Clear Creek Falls, and some probable storm clouds coming in. Autumnal UncompahgreAutumnal Uncompahgre

The aforementioned storm clouds and a very Autumnal Uncompahgre Peak.  Summer in the San JuansSummer in the San JuansTypical day summer day in the San Juan Mountains.
Right to left, Crystal, Uncompahgre, Matterhorn, Wetterhorn, Broken Hill, Red Mountain, Grassy Mountain, and Sunshine

Typical day summer day in the San Juan Mountains.

Right to left, Crystal, Uncompahgre, Matterhorn, Wetterhorn, Broken Hill, Red Mountain, Grassy Mountain, and Sunshine

  Lake San Cristobal SunsetLake San Cristobal Sunset

Summer Sunset above Lake San Cristobal.  Lake City SwitchbacksLake City Switchbackshttp://www.lakecityswitchbacks.com/

Colorado 149 and the way to our next shot a few minutes away.  Summer Windy PointSummer Windy Point

Look at me, back at Windy Point, with good reason though of course.

Passing Summer DaysPassing Summer DaysLake San Cristobal, Lake City, Colorado

Passing the day by the lake named after the patron saint of travelers. 

 

Day Two- Postage StampPostage Stamp The signs that summer's remaining time is coming to a close. The Postage stamp above town on Round Top.

Peaking UncompahgrePeaking Uncompahgre

Uncompahgre peaking (see that pun) from behind Round Top Lake City's LakeLake City's LakeThat's named after Saint Christopher, patron saint of travelers.

Spot in the shadeSpot in the shadeLake San Cristobal, Lake City, Colorado I sat here and read. Then I couldn't decide which I prefered so I'm posting both.

Moose annoying the locals. 

Moose! I saw 5 in one night, at Deer Lakes, though only three consented to be photographed.

Twilight Sets InTwilight Sets InDeer Lakes, Hinsdale County

Usually a moose is in that, not then though, so I watched the sunset there.  Slumgullion MoonsetSlumgullion Moonset

The Moonsets on Slumgullion. San Juan MoonsetSan Juan Moonset

Another Windy Point photo you're thinking, and yes here is the moonset over the San Juans. 

This guy said bye and come back soon on the way out. Very hospitable.

The Road to Lake CityThe Road to Lake City

But wait there's more! This is Colorado 149 and the road to Lake City.

(though our journey has crossed out of Hinsdale in into Gunnison)

Colorado 149Colorado 149

This is the same but going to Gunnison. The Milky WayThe Milky Way

The core of the Milky Way shining bright in the Gunnison night.

San Juan SkySan Juan SkyThe Milky Way and a desolate road on the border between Hinsdale and Gunnison Counties.

Probably my favorite photo I've taken. Taken in Powderhorn.

San Juan Sky 2San Juan Sky 2 In case you prefer the horizontal versions.

 

That's what you can see! And I didn't even have a 4wd to get to the more beautiful places!

All these prints are available as prints, click on the photo to go to the photo page and see options and help fund further trips!

 

 

 

Here's some bonus photos from the neighbors to the north, taken on the same trip.

Mars Sets over Blue MesaMars Sets over Blue Mesa

The planet Mars sets over Blue Mesa Reservoir in Curecanti National Recreation Area.

IVX Gunnison BarnIVX Gunnison Barn US 50US 50 Morning Rainbow in Gunnison.Morning Rainbow in Gunnison. Gunnison Valley SunriseGunnison Valley Sunrise


Baby Bighorns Learning

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


While in Colorado National Monument last month, I spotted a herd of Desert Bighorns in Fruita Canyon. They were pretty high up and not the best for photos, but among them were about 10 babies so I sat there watching them frolic in their natural habitat.  I was well below them and they never showed any sign of having noticed me. As night started to take hold they retreated higher up into the canyons. Before they could get there though, they had to cross this bit, an obviously well traveled rock. Can you see the well worn path? The adults crossed with ease, the babies, however? They had lots of trouble. As you can see they were scared even to attempt it, and when they did, they would slide down the rock barely in control just able to stop themselves from a disastrous fall.

They tried and failed several times, narrowly avoiding a fall each time. They ran away back towards the comfort of the stragglers in the herd, stared at the crossing filled with trepidation looking for a route over and  would watch the older sheep cross while simultaneously getting in their way.  They would follow the same route as the others, but couldn't even get halfway across. I was worried wondering what was going to happen? Fall? Abandonment?

Maybe 10 minutes of this and then a brave little one attempted it and went almost vertically up the rock then across instead of just across like the older ones did. This allowed it to be in a more manageable position when it started to slide back down, which it did, but through this it had enough momentum/traction to make it across! It then took off at a lightning pace up the canyon running full speed to catch up to presumably Mom. I wish I could have got that photo.  It really was a last day of school run. The others spurred on by the success followed using the same tactic, failing quite a few times but all managing it in the end.

 Basically the lambs got out of a slippery spot by climbing a harder route. Not often you get to see newborn animals learning in front of your eyes. I'm sure they can handle that spot with ease now.

TrepidationTrepidationSee blog for more photos

While in Colorado National Monument, I spotted a herd of Desert Bighorns in Fruita Canyon. They were pretty high up and not the best for photos, but among them were about 10 babies so I sat there watching them frolic in their natural habitat. I was well below them and they never showed any sign of having noticed me. As night started to take hold they retreated higher up into the canyons. Before they could get there though, they had to cross this bit, an obviously well traveled rock. Can you see the well worn path? The adults crossed with ease, the babies, however? They had lots of trouble. As you can see they were scared even to attempt it, and when they did, they would slide down the rock barely in control just able to stop themselves from a disastrous fall.
They tried and failed several times, narrowly avoiding a fall each time. They ran away back towards the comfort of the stragglers in the herd, stared at the crossing filled with trepidation looking for a route over and would watch the older sheep cross while simultaneously getting in their way. They would follow the same route as the others, but couldn't even get halfway across. I was worried wondering what was going to happen? Fall? Abandonment?
Maybe 10 minutes of this and then a brave little one attempted it and went almost vertically up the rock then across instead of just across like the older ones did. This allowed it to be in a more manageable position when it started to slide back down, which it did, but through this it had enough momentum/traction to make it across! It then took off at a lightning pace up the canyon running full speed to catch up to presumably Mom. I wish I could have got that photo. It really was a last day of school run. The others spurred on by the success followed using the same tactic, failing quite a few times but all managing it in the end.
Basically the lambs got out of a slippery spot by climbing a harder route. Not often you get to see newborn animals learning in front of your eyes. I'm sure they can handle that spot with ease now.

Trepidation StandoffStandoffSee blog for more photos
While in Colorado National Monument, I spotted a herd of Desert Bighorns in Fruita Canyon. They were pretty high up and not the best for photos, but among them were about 10 babies so I sat there watching them frolic in their natural habitat. I was well below them and they never showed any sign of having noticed me. As night started to take hold they retreated higher up into the canyons. Before they could get there though, they had to cross this bit, an obviously well traveled rock. Can you see the well worn path? The adults crossed with ease, the babies, however? They had lots of trouble. As you can see they were scared even to attempt it, and when they did, they would slide down the rock barely in control just able to stop themselves from a disastrous fall.
They tried and failed several times, narrowly avoiding a fall each time. They ran away back towards the comfort of the stragglers in the herd, stared at the crossing filled with trepidation looking for a route over and would watch the older sheep cross while simultaneously getting in their way. They would follow the same route as the others, but couldn't even get halfway across. I was worried wondering what was going to happen? Fall? Abandonment?
Maybe 10 minutes of this and then a brave little one attempted it and went almost vertically up the rock then across instead of just across like the older ones did. This allowed it to be in a more manageable position when it started to slide back down, which it did, but through this it had enough momentum/traction to make it across! It then took off at a lightning pace up the canyon running full speed to catch up to presumably Mom. I wish I could have got that photo. It really was a last day of school run. The others spurred on by the success followed using the same tactic, failing quite a few times but all managing it in the end.
Basically the lambs got out of a slippery spot by climbing a harder route. Not often you get to see newborn animals learning in front of your eyes. I'm sure they can handle that spot with ease now.

"But Mom I don't wanna"

(The other two had ran away back down the path)

Scary moments

A traffic jam.

The way across is found!


One achieves, one attempts, one runs away.

No lamb left behind!

And all was well in the Monument that night.


Trump Inauguration and Women's March

January 24, 2017  •  1 Comment

My experiences on Donald Trump's Inauguration and the Women's March the day after. This isn't meant to be political. I went for neither side. I tried to be unbiased as possible in the captions but one thing I'll say is that there are more Anti-Trump signs and people below. This is because they had signs and I'm just not going to take photos of random people who just came out for the event. I tended to focus on the entire scene losing sight of the individuals that made them up. A detriment to my attempts, but first try at any sort of photography like this.

 

Judiciary Station lined with Trump supporters, 8ish am.

I came out of Judiciary Station and saw this group waving an Anti-fa flag around. Of course I followed. They got in several verbal skirmishes, to be fair not instigated by them. The woman standing next to the guy with the flag was allegedly punched in the mouth by a Trump supporter. I didn't see it but she did have a split lip. Things got pretty tense with the police there for a bit but they took statements and everyone moved on, peacefully and free.

Opposite Numbers.

This man was desperate to convince a woman she was a coward for wearing a bandanna, as police don't need to hide their identities. I don't think his point was made to her.

Anti-Fa.

Mostly Trump supporters line up for an unticketed gate. A police said this was one of the least congested.

A woman looks down on the security checkpoint to get into the mall.

Bring back real journalism.......and weed scribbled on the back.

Hello there Mr. Secret Service man. You had a nice view of me in my checkpoint.

Young girl waits in line for a checkpoint to get into the National Mall.

Not bothered at all. Anti Trump demonstrators march past mostly Trump supporters in a checkpoint. Chants of "USA", "Build the wall", "Trump" and many more individual efforts at crude wit and response baiting bravado made the atmosphere turn contentious quickly. Police kept the groups apart well.

This guy chose a "to the point" protest sign.

Pennsylvania Ave. with an army of cops lining the route to the White House. I got yelled at for taking this, that reminded me why I enjoy landscape photography. 

The crowd during Donald Trump's oath of office. Very few anti-Trump here. Enthusiastic crowd.  Barack Obama passing the Washington Monument on the way out of Washington DC on Marine One, but i guess it was no longer Marine One since he was a former President? 

After the Inauguration had concluded I caught this guy starring down the Mall towards the Capitol building with his scribbled prayer of "God help us" on his vest.

An empty National Mall, as twilight starts to arrive.

Washington DC mounted police patrol the National Mall.

Dusk descends on Inauguration Day, and your weary photographer starts to fear falling asleep on the Metro missing his stop like a common tourist.

The Women's March, the day after.

 I had planned to skip the Women's March rally and do tourist stuff, and then maybe catch some of the March, I was a bit ambivalent towards another day walking around a city. I had heard on the radio that the March was canceled because of high turnout so I decided to make my way over. As I arrived the streets were packed with people walking away towards the Capitol. I thought I had missed it! I walked down toward 3rd street and was stunned when I could see out over it all, unbeknownst to me they decided to march down Pennsylvania Avenue. I've never been around or seen that many people. 

 

All photos below are from the march down Pennsylvania Avenue,

Casper, a biker for Trump. Really nice guy, said "hi" and thanked me for a peaceful protest and agreed that's what we both wanted. Then I sang along to "Free Bird" playing over the speakers. I felt bad for these guys because they had a permit for this spot well away from the other end of the political spectrum, but the route change put them a mere hundred feet from the March.  An offshoot March from the main March. The entire city was filled with an electric energy. People filled the streets, signs, chants everywhere it was inescapable.  

An Offshoot of the main March. The entire city was electric. People filled streets, chanting, so many homemade signs, horn sections, anarchists showing solidarity at the courthouse, traffic, opportunistic vendors. Just an atmosphere I've never experienced before,

 Pulitzer please. :)


12 Favorite Photos of 2017

December 31, 2016  •  1 Comment

My favorite 9 photos of 2016.

It was a bit of an interesting year for me. I was pretty much done with all this photography coming into the year. I hadn't even taken a photo in about 8 months or so. Just completely burnt out with it all. Some things changed and for some reasons I don't even really know, I started taking photos again and these are my favorites. Thank you all for following along! Here's to a great New Year and all those other positive and hopeful words or resolutions that are said over the next few days.

 

Autumn's Last Stand. McClure Pass.

The Solitary One. Rocky Mountain National Park.

A few minutes of a Grand Valley sunset.

Fort Pickering Light in Salem Massachusetts.

Underneath those Colorado stars.

Lookout Rock. Blackstone Valley, Massachusetts.

Sunset over Lake San Cristobal. Lake City, Colorado

A young moose calf enjoying the last days of summer.

A fox in Crested Butte.

Splendid Isolation in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Processed with Snapseed.

Light through the snow covered forest. Blackstone Valley.

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