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Spring leaves and lupines

June 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

This year I wanted to get out and really concentrate on the spring aspen leaves.  While out shooting, I noticed the lupines were coming out a few weeks early.  So, I had plenty of subject matter to shoot recently.  Here is a small sampling of some of my favorites.

Abrams Mountain 1, COAbrams Mountain This is Abrams Mountain south of Ouray.  I waited at this location 2 hours for the first light to hit fresh aspen leaves.  I literally had seconds to get this image before the light lit up all of the trees.

San Juans and spring leaves 4, COSan Juans and spring leaves I was actually at another location for sunrise but figured if I hurried, I could get to this location when the first light hit trees.  This is literally right next to the highway west of Ridgway.

San Juans and spring leaves 7, COSan Juans and spring leaves 7 Everyone once in a while, we get a sunrise where it lights up the peaks like they're on fire.  This was one of those rare mornings.  The dramatic dark clouds added some nice contrast.

Dallas Divide in spring 7, CODallas Divide in spring 7 The Dallas Divide west of Ridgway is famous for it's fall colors.  There can literally be hundreds of photographers lined up at sunrise in the fall.  In the spring though, I had the place entirely to myself every single day of the 5 or 6 trips I made up there.

Mount Sneffels reflection in spring, COMount Sneffels reflection in spring Mount Sneffels is definitely the most famous peak in the San Juan Mountains.  On this particular evening, I had nice clouds mixing in with the blue sky and fresh aspen leaves.

Mount Sneffels and lupine in spring 1, COMount Sneffels and lupine in spring 1

Here's another one of Mount Sneffels.  It's fairly unusual to get the fresh green aspen leaves and peak lupine at the same time.

San Juans and spring leaves 9, COSan Juans and spring leaves 9 This is a shot that you probably won't ever see from anyone else.  I had special permission to go on this private property to get this image.  A minute after I took this shot, a large black bear wandered through the very left side of this scene.  He didn't cooperate and come down into the field for me.

Flowering Aspens 1, COFlowering Aspens 1 I found this location while looking for something totally different.  I've been told these are young flowering aspen trees.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Cimarron aspens 2, COCimarron aspens 2 We spent a day over by Silverjack Reservoir checking out the fresh aspen leaves.  Unfortunately it was Memorial Day weekend and after a few short hours, we decided to come home due to the hoards of irresponsible tourists driving in the meadows, tearing down the roads at crazy speeds, and just disrespecting the enjoyment of others.

Mount Sneffels and rainbow in spring 1, COMount Sneffels and rainbow in spring 1 Once in a while I get lucky - EXTREMELY LUCKY!  We had a clearing rainstorm just before sunset.  A friend and I were at the opposite end of this valley and raced to this location when we saw the storm starting to clear out. We were incredibly fortunate to get a few images before it dissipated. 

Mount Sneffels and lupine in spring 2, COMount Sneffels and lupine in spring 2 It took me 3 nights in a row going to this same location to get this image with the clearing storm at sunset and the peak lupine.

Mount Sneffels and lupine in spring 4, COMount Sneffels and lupine in spring 4

This image was taken as the very last light was hitting Mount Sneffels and also giving us some nice pink clouds.

Chimney Peak 2, COChimney Peak 2

This particular meadow was made famous by the John Wayne movie True Grit.  This is chimney peak at sunset on Owl Creek Pass.

San Juans and lupines 1, COSan Juans and lupines 1

I liked how the yellow flowers were mixing in with the peak lupine for this image.  The pink sky at sunrise was an added bonus.

San Juans and lupines 8, COSan Juans and lupines 8 This is one of my favorite images so far this year.  It's definitely one of my best lupine shots.  To get the peak lupine, flaming pink clouds, and peaks lit up at the same time like they're on fire is extremely rare.  

San Juans and lupines 9, COSan Juans and lupines 9 Taken the same morning as the previous image.  I had to run to this location to get it in time before the light on the peaks and clouds lost it's color.

Elk and Lupine 2, COElk and Lupine 2 Another incredibly lucky shot.  I was at this location for almost an hour hoping the elk would walk into the lupine field.  I was able to capture several different images but this is my favorite.

Mount Sneffels reflection 3, COMount Sneffels reflection 3 And finally, back to the Mount Sneffels reflection with great light on the peak at sunset.  Thanks for viewing and feel free to leave a comment!


Favorites from 2019

January 09, 2020  •  2 Comments

At the end of each year it seems like I don't get out much until I start looking through my files and realize just how much shooting I was able to get in.  Here are my favorite images from 2019.

San Juan sunset and lupines 1San Juan sunset and lupines 1 Gothic Mountain - Crested Butte 1Gothic Mountain - Crested Butte 1 Mount Crested ButteMount Crested Butte Ridgway State Park 5Ridgway State Park 5 Wildflowers 1Wildflowers 1 Dalles Mountain Ranch and Mount HoodDalles Mountain Ranch and Mount Hood San Juan sunset 3San Juan sunset 3 Cimarron Mountains sunset 4Cimarron Mountains sunset 4 Alta Lake sunset 2Alta Lake sunset 2 Waterfall 5Waterfall 5 San Juan sunrise 6San Juan sunrise 6 Cimarron Sunrise 1, COCimarron Sunrise 1, CO Cimarron Sunset 2, COCimarron Sunset 2, CO Dallas Divide fall colors 4, CODallas Divide fall colors 4, CO Waterfall 4, COWaterfall 4, CO San Juan Mountains sunset 2, COSan Juan Mountains sunset 2, CO Crystal Lake sunset 1, COCrystal Lake sunset 1, CO Cimarron sunset 7Cimarron sunset 7 San Juan reflections 8San Juan reflections 8 Fairy Falls 1Fairy Falls 1 Mount Hood reflectionMount Hood reflection Multnomah Falls 5Multnomah Falls 5 Outer Banks sunriseOuter Banks sunrise TX, Cypress trees 12TX, Cypress trees 12 TX, Cypress trees 16TX, Cypress trees 16 TX, Cypress trees 21TX, Cypress trees 21 TX, Cypress trees and fog 4TX, Cypress trees and fog 4 TX, Cypress trees and fog 7TX, Cypress trees and fog 7 TX, Cypress trees kayakerTX, Cypress trees kayaker TX, Egret 3TX, Egret 3 Waterfall 11Waterfall 11 Bobcat 4, COBobcat 4, CO Eagle 5, COEagle 5, CO TX, Great Blue Heron 2TX, Great Blue Heron 2


Nature First

April 22, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

As many of you know, I've been photographing nature for over 30 years now.  I've had the fortunate opportunity to experience some the the most incredible scenery a person could ever imagine.  Unfortunately, I've noticed extreme increases in visitation to some of these locations due to the internet, social media, and GPS technology.  This in turn has caused irreversible damage to many of these areas. 

A couple of years ago a small group of nature photographers who've noticed the same thing decide to take action.  We decided to do what we can as stewards to help protect our fragile environment.  We came up with 7 principles for nature photographers which anyone can follow.  We're hoping this starts a world-wide cultural movement in the nature photography world.

Without going into great detail here, I'll simply share the following link for you to browse our website to learn more about our movement.  We would love to have you join our movement and spread the word.  Feel free to share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and your personal website.

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My favorites from 2018

December 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I was able to do quite a bit of shooting this year.  Here are my favorites from my outings.

Clear Lake vicinity 1Clear Lake vicinity 1 Clear Lake vicinity 2Clear Lake vicinity 2 Governor Basin 14Governor Basin 14 Governor Basin 15Governor Basin 15 Governor Basin 19Governor Basin 19 Ice Lake Basin 3Ice Lake Basin 3 Ice Lake Basin 6Ice Lake Basin 6 Lake treeLake tree Chimney Peak and Courthouse Mountain 12Chimney Peak and Courthouse Mountain 12 Fall colors 1Fall colors 1 Fall colors 4Fall colors 4 Fall colors 10Fall colors 10 Fall colors 26Fall colors 26 Fall colors 35Fall colors 35 Fall colors 36, COFall colors 36, CO Fall colors 41Fall colors 41 Fall colors 44Fall colors 44 Fall colors 46Fall colors 46 Fall colors 48Fall colors 48 Fall colors 51Fall colors 51 Fall colors 52Fall colors 52 Fall colors 53Fall colors 53 Fall colors 58Fall colors 58 Fall colors 59Fall colors 59 Fall colors 65Fall colors 65 Fall colors 70Fall colors 70 Moose 2, COMoose 2, CO Wilson Peak sunrise 2Wilson Peak sunrise 2 Guston Mine 1, COGuston Mine 1, CO San Juan sunrise 1, COSan Juan sunrise 1, CO Full MoonFull Moon Lady Bird Johnson Grove 1Lady Bird Johnson Grove 1 Rhododendrons and Redwood 3Rhododendrons and Redwood 3 Trillium Falls 4Trillium Falls 4 Golden Falls 2Golden Falls 2 Harris Beach State Park 1Harris Beach State Park 1 Harris Beach State Park 3Harris Beach State Park 3 Lower South Falls 1 - Silver Falls State ParkLower South Falls 1 - Silver Falls State Park Lupine on Pacific Coast 1Lupine on Pacific Coast 1 Shrader Old Growth Trail 1Shrader Old Growth Trail 1 Shrader Old Growth Trail 2Shrader Old Growth Trail 2 South Falls 2 - Silver Falls State ParkSouth Falls 2 - Silver Falls State Park Yaquina Head Lighthouse 2Yaquina Head Lighthouse 2


Montrose Hospital Skylight

December 26, 2018  •  1 Comment

Earlier this year the Montrose hospital used 4 of my images for their enormous skylight.  The long ones are over 12 feet long!

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