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July 2010

  • Colorado

    Wildflower Sunset, Porphyry Basin, San Juan National Forest, Colorado, USA

    07.25.10 | Permalink | 9 Comments

    Hey everybody,

    The auto problems are all taken care of for now! Unfortunately, my friend Chris had to go home and go back to work. I’m back in the San Juan mountains, shooting for a bit longer before I return home. I hiked up above Boullion King Lake to Porphyry Basin on Friday evening for a sunset shoot. There were a few patches of profuse flowers, and the light was quite nice. Stay tuned– I’ll be doing quite a bit over the next few days and will have quite a bit to share with you all. For now, I’m headed up to the Uncompahgre National Forest for some solo backpacking and photography. Below is one the images from Friday night that I’ve quickly processed on my laptop to share.

  • Utah

    The Hidden Passage, Spooky Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

    So, my vehicle is repaired, and we’re on the road again! Chris and I are headed back into the Colorado Rockies for some wildflower action. For now, we’re trying to make the most out of the high pressure weather and clear skies, but the monsoon should start kickin’ again soon.

    Anyway, we had an absolutely great time exploring the washes, slickrock, and slot canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument! It was a whopping 104 degrees fahrenheit out in the open, but it felt quite pleasant in the shaded slots and under canyon walls. Our day included a nice sunrise shoot, hiking three beautiful slots, an hour-long nap in the shade, a delicious “Subway Fresh” meal, an attempted visit to Calf Creek Falls (The area was “closed…” Go figure!) and finally, I entered a sleepy, Wolves in the Throne Room-induced trance, and commenced a late night, high speed drive back to Moab! It was an insanely tiring day, but it was one of our best days of the trip so far.

    Here’s a photograph I like from Spooky Gulch. The reflected light down there, both blue from the sky, and orange from the sun/sandstone, is just unbelievable. You can’t really see it too well with the naked eye, but in a minute-long exposure at ISO 100, the colors really sing.

  • Utah

    Devil’s Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah, USA

    07.13.10 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    We’ve run into some vehicular difficulties on our trip. My trusty Toyota is stranded in Moab, Utah until Wednesday night, unfortunately. Chris and I decided to get a rental car so we didn’t end up stuck in Moab for five days, and have somehow ended up in Escalante, Utah, where we’re planning to make the most out of the clear skies by photographing slot canyons. We arrived a bit late tonight, and decided to take a quick late evening/sunset stop in the “Devil’s Garden” area of the monument. Here’s my favorite from tonight. I hope to write again soon of our slot canyon adventures!

  • Colorado, United States

    Backlit afternoon view of Black Canyon, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado, USA

    Yesterday afternoon, we visited the south rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The views of the canyon are absolutely incredible; easily among the finest I’ve seen. It’s quite the experience to peer down over 2,300 vertigo-inducing feet over the rim down to the Gunnison River. The backlit rocks and greenery in contrast with the beautiful reflected light on the canyon walls made for excellent photography in the early afternoon, a time there would typically not be too much to shoot. Here’s a favorite from yesterday.

    Right now we’re around Crested Butte, photographing beautiful aspen stands, scouting out wildflowers, and hoping for the monsoon light to start kickin’ again!

  • Colorado

    Mountain Goat during snow flurries, Mt. Evans, Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, USA

    Hey everybody,

    I scheduled this post the same time I made the last one, since I figured I’ll be away from computers for a few days. Here’s another from Mt. Evans. Chris and I spent a few hours photographing dozens of adult and baby Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus,) and had a great time doing so. At times, it was pretty nerve-racking trying to keep up with them on the windy, steep, rocky, and muddy slopes of Mt. Evans, but the rewards were well worth the risk and it was such a great time. Here’s one of many that I’m happy with. Take note of the snow flurries in the background! It was freezing up there, proof that anything can happen with the weather at 14,200 feet.

    We just took a quick overnight visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park, and are now off in search of wildflowers around Crested Butte!

  • Colorado

    Stormy Monsoon Sunset, Mt. Evans, Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, USA

    07.04.10 | Permalink | 2 Comments

    I’m four days into my summer-long journey through the mountains and desert of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, and I couldn’t really ask for things to go any better than they have so far. I’m currently with my friend, Chris Kayler, for the next three weeks or so. So far, we’ve photographed in and around Rocky Mountain National Park, Mt. Evans, and pursued some wildlife opportunities in North-central Colorado. Yesterday and this morning, we had an excellent time up on Mt. Evans, with some absolutely fantastic light, and extremely cooperative Mountain Goats. Here’s an image of the sunset last night up on Mt. Evans.

    In another day or two, we’ll be on our way to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and then off into the mountains of Central Colorado in search of wildflowers.