Mountain weather can be difficult to predict, and at no time is that more apparent than in spring, when winter and summer seem to fight for ground. As April drew to a close (and after several weeks of warm, calm days), several inches of snow fell over Lake City, Colorado. As a professional should, I suited up and grabbed my camera as most people enjoyed their warm homes and offices.
The local grocery store (subject of a number of From The High Country photographs over the years), a familiar sight to generations of visitors.
The main highway accommodates sporadic traffic flow. Each vehicle leaves a track as identifiable as those found in the forest.
This building lies empty, but holds memories for many. I can also see the lights and hear the voices of nights long passed.
A meeting point for many in winter, the post office is a vital service to small towns.
Many businesses close, especially those catering mainly to tourists, as if hibernating like our bears.
Stark contrasts can be found along waterways when snow-laden trees clash with shadowy, fast-flowing rivers.
Alleyways lie deserted. Only photographers avoiding the public eye use them to get around.
Mountain towns require practicality over aesthetics, although it's hard to deny that a lived-in Jeep has character.
Spring run-off has begun, and the Lake Fork flows with power and grace through a changeable landscape.
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