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My Three Favorite Places to Visit in Colorado

May 08, 2020 - At the time of writing we are in the middle of a pandemic, so I'd like to think that people are staying at home for now.
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The Lake City Brewing Company

February 11, 2020 - I first became aware of the Lake City Brewing Company when I was asked to supply prints for their new building a couple...
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Mountain Town Diaries

December 10, 2019 - I'll be the first to admit that I've had a challenging time recently. The accident (see last blog update) came on top of...
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Sticks and Stones - Rapid Healing From a Distal Radius Fracture

September 10, 2019 - Over the last few years, I've done hundreds of hikes - most of them solo and off-trail. They've taken me into hazardous...
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Finding a 350" Elk in the San Juans of Colorado

October 15, 2018 - At the end of January, during a relatively dry winter, I went wandering into a particularly dense patch of mixed forest...
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The Abandoned Cabin

July 26, 2018 - Over the years, I've found several old cabins away from the roads and ghost towns around Lake City. Most had some connec...
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New in Lake City, Colorado for 2018

July 16, 2018 - As many of you know, I had an unexpectedly busy start to the summer season in Lake City. Bookings for photo shoots flood...
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Wildfire Safety

June 12, 2018 - Fire has been a part of life in the wilderness long before humans discovered how to make it. Some trees and plants actua...
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In Praise of the Buffalo Mountain Shirt

April 03, 2018 - Since my work as a wilderness photographer takes me into the unforgiving forest and mountain environments of the Rocky M...
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Death in the San Juans

February 01, 2018 - In the natural world, the circle of life is evident everywhere. The four seasons, new plants, old trees, calves and cubs...
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Wilderness Wisdom

December 20, 2017 - Being a freelance photographer in a tiny mountain without a large network of contacts, I have to make my own luck. I wor...
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Colorful Colorado - Fall Colors in a Western Slope Mountain Town

October 18, 2017 - Fall enters with a whisper. It's almost something you can sense in the breeze. The first leaves to fall do so seemingly...
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New in 2017 - Lake City Landscapes!

June 03, 2017 - Unless you're one of the lucky few, it's difficult to make a living as a professional photographer. While my current loc...
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Greetings From Lake City - A Late Spring Photo Essay

April 27, 2017 - Mountain weather can be difficult to predict, and at no time is that more apparent than in spring, when winter and summe...
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Wilderness Survival Essentials

April 23, 2017 - Late last year, I was asked by fans of my Facebook page what I typically carry in my pack. I'm going to answer that ques...
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The Homemade Survival Kit

April 18, 2017 - The Rocky Mountains of Colorado are my adopted home, but as far back as I can remember I've always enjoyed wild places....
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Bears in Colorado

April 07, 2017 - Colorado is home to Ursus americanus - the American black bear. The last verified grizzly bear was shot 40 years ago, an...
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A Lake City Winter

March 23, 2017 - As I type, the sun is shining in between snow flurries on a late March morning, and I've already tidied my yard after se...
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2016 - A Colorado Photographer's Year

December 30, 2016 - At the end of each year I get a chance to review my output for the previous 12 months. I ensure I've archived everything...
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Making Movies - A Still Photographer's View

November 20, 2016 - I've said many times that if the day comes when I feel I have nothing left to learn, I'll quit. I think that's the same...
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This One's For Darren

November 09, 2016 - It's been a while since I last shared something in this blog. I have plenty to catch up on, but I wanted to begin with a...
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New in Lake City for 2016

May 29, 2016 - Photography as a profession is a struggle between making art and making money. The two seem to have little connection at...
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The Ute Ulay Mine and Henson Ghost Town

May 15, 2016 - This story begins with the discovery of the Ute and Ulay veins containing gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc back in 18...
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Relaunching a Photography Website

May 02, 2016 - As with any other art form, a photographer must continually strive to improve. Over the last few years, I've learned a v...
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The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Colorado

April 28, 2016 - I feel fortunate to share the forests and mountains with several large mammal species in my little corner of Colorado. T...
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Waterfalls in Winter

March 06, 2016 - Western Colorado is known for warm summers and bitterly cold winters. In the mountains, the temperature range can be mor...
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Snow in Western Colorado

November 25, 2015 - The first snow of winter to fall in the valleys of the Western Slope can arrive without much warning. Even though it is...
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Winter Hiking in Colorado

November 18, 2015 - As fall becomes little more than a memory and the visitors leave for warmer, flatter places, the first taste of winter o...
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Winter Above Lake City Colorado

November 13, 2015 - As the last aspen leaves fall and the evening temperatures begin to drop, it's only a matter of time before the first sn...
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Fall Colors of Colorado

November 08, 2015 - Life in the Rocky Mountains can be hard. The winters are long and cold, spring can be muddy as the snow melts, the warmt...
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Bears Revisited

August 24, 2015 - Back in February, I was fortunate enough to participate in the final stages of an attempt to return two young black bear...
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The Elevation Exhibition

August 15, 2015 - Earlier this year, I was invited to exhibit a selection of my work at Elevation Beer Company in Poncha Springs, near Sal...
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Night Hiking For Independence Day Fireworks

July 05, 2015 - My adventures are usually dreamed up when I notice an interesting feature on a map, or I spot an unfamiliar peak or vall...
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A Colorado Wilderness Photographer

June 27, 2015 - These days I go by several titles: wilderness photographer, landscape photographer, portrait photographer, wedding photo...
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Spring in the Mountains

May 10, 2015 - I may be biased, but I don't think that there is a bad time to be in the Rockies. It's easy to look at a photo and be im...
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New For 2015

March 16, 2015 - Last year was a very good one for me. I've grown both personally and professionally. I've learned more about myself and...
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A Second Chance for Two Bears

February 25, 2015 - In the middle of a Rocky Mountain winter, most bears are hibernating - waiting for warmer temperatures, longer days and...
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5 Reasons To Visit Lake City, Colorado

February 03, 2015 - The small Colorado mountain town of Lake City lies in a secluded valley on the Western Slope. Surrounded by towering pea...
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5 Reasons To Visit Colorado

February 03, 2015 - The Centennial State is 104,000 square miles of adventure, whatever your tastes may be! From the rugged mountain environ...
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How To Run Your First Ultra-Marathon

December 12, 2014 - Almost half a year ago, I spent the longest day of my life on the mountains of the San Juans around Lake City, Colorado.
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Walking in Wilderness

November 13, 2014 - The natural world has always been a source of fascination for me. Some of my earliest memories are of trees and rivers,...
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Photography and Facebook

November 08, 2014 - As with many other art forms, photography involves a learning process that doesn't end. If you think that you know all t...
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Why Aspen Leaves Change Color During Fall

September 02, 2014 - Have you ever wondered why aspens and other deciduous (seasonal leaf dropping) trees put on such an amazing display of c...
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Changing Seasons

August 26, 2014 - As you probably know by now, I spend a lot of time in the forests of Colorado, and I can't help noticing the minute and...
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SJS50 Training Part 3

June 15, 2014 - May As April came to an end, the snow finally began to melt. By May, some local trails were passable without snowshoes,...
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Safe Wildlife Watching in Colorado

June 03, 2014 - Spend enough time in Colorado and you'll eventually spot some of our spectacular wildlife. Venture into the high country...
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SJS50 Training Part 2

April 28, 2014 - March Two months had passed since I signed up for the San Juan Solstice 50 mile race. I had switched from winter spor...
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Spring At Last

April 11, 2014 - Spring officially arrived on March 20th, but in the high country of Colorado there have been several days that seemed an...
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SJS50 Training Part 1

March 11, 2014 - January It started (to me, at least) as a joke, or perhaps a compliment on the part of those who encouraged me to sig...
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2014 Lake City Ice Climbing Festival

February 09, 2014 - If you live in the mountains during winter, it can be a much more enjoyable time if you participate in a winter sport or...
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Moose Study

January 31, 2014 - While most people were enjoying a quiet Sunday morning, several trucks were parked at the side of a dirt road in Hinsdal...
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The San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Race

January 23, 2014 - As I was passing, I took this shot of the 2012 San Juan Solstice 50 mile race. At the time, the thought of entering the...
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Life In A Small Mountain Town - Revisited

January 23, 2014 - Almost exactly two years ago, my plans became reality. I left a comfortable office job behind and threw everything into...
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2013 - A Year In Review

December 30, 2013 - One of the perks of being a photographer is that, when the time comes to look back on a year, I can view thousands of im...
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The Story Behind The Shot

December 26, 2013 - The clock reads 6:00am. Just days from the winter solstice, it's dark outside. My day starts with an equipment check - l...
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Winter Survival

December 18, 2013 - A high country winter is a time to explore. Once covered in snow, familiar landscapes are transformed into a new monoton...
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Pristine Wilderness

December 07, 2013 - Snow blanketed roads, rooftops, the mountains and even the sky. Despite a bitterly cold evening, the morning was quite p...
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A Rocky Mountain Winter

December 02, 2013 - The first big winter storm of December is supposedly less than 24 hours away. Many people don't enjoy snow and ice (espe...
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Season's End

September 29, 2013 - As September ends and autumn begins, life in many of Colorado's mountain towns begins to slow down. Most of the summer v...
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Fall Colors

September 04, 2013 - As September begins, the signs of autumn are not widespread, but they are apparent in the forests. Mushroom season has p...
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Aftermath of a Wildfire

August 05, 2013 - In late June and early July of 2013, a number of fires raged in drought-stricken SW Colorado. Three fires came to be kno...
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An Afternoon With Ursus Americanus

July 24, 2013 - It began as a typical summer afternoon. The planned hike was quite short compared to my usual adventures, but the harsh...
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From The High Country - An Introduction

July 11, 2013 - Many new people have discovered From The High Country this year, and so I thought I'd try to gather some interesting inf...
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The Longest Day

June 26, 2013 - June and early July are my favorite times to explore the largest mountains that the Southern Rocky Mountains have to off...
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Into The Wild

May 19, 2013 - During a harsh Rocky Mountain winter, a patrolling Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer spotted a young, starving black b...
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New for 2013

May 05, 2013 - 2013 has already been a busy year for me. I have many exciting things to share with you! First of all, let me show yo...
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Rocky Mountain High

April 22, 2013 - Today marks the 44th Earth Day. It's a time to think about our connection with the planet. I feel fortunate to be able t...
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As the Snow Melts

March 20, 2013 - On this first day of spring, I can look around and see that, while the snow around my house can only be found in grimy-l...
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Ice Festivals

February 02, 2013 - Sometimes, you wait for weeks for a winter event and then two come along at once! At this time of year in the San Jua...
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Another Door Opens

December 29, 2012 - 2012 has been an important year for me. This was the first year that I've spent in the mountains that that I've chosen t...
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On Self Reliance

December 29, 2012 - “Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.” Thoreau “Nothing can bring you peace but...
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Waiting For Winter

November 23, 2012 - This time of year can feel like a kind of limbo. The magnificent display of the changing aspens has long since turned in...
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Behind the Mask

November 05, 2012 - After the unexpected level of interest in a recent self portrait, I thought I'd give some insight into the man behind th...
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Winter Approaches

October 26, 2012 - As winter approaches and I prepare the cabin for the coming snow, I sometimes pause to reflect on the year that has pass...
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Season's End

September 21, 2012 - Change seems to be constant in the forests and mountains of the San Juans. Familiar trails often yield fresh surprises t...
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Fortune Telling

August 27, 2012 - We all make plans at one point or another in our lives. Sometimes those plans are little more than a wish and little com...
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Pathfinders

August 09, 2012 - My small town has two cemeteries. There is an 'old' one and a 'new' one, although both contain the graves of those who d...
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Wilderness Safety

July 24, 2012 - I spend so much time (on here, through my photography and in person) advocating for the great outdoors that I thought th...
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Technique

July 15, 2012 - I've avoided this topic until now because it seems almost arrogant to preach to others about technique when every photog...
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Transitions

July 07, 2012 - For the last few weeks, the threat of wildfire has loomed over my adopted home. Smoke drifted in the air from time to ti...
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A Solstice Celebration

June 26, 2012 - It seemed appropriate to celebrate the first day of summer by spending most of it outside. The weather was perfect for a...
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Back In Time

June 26, 2012 - I recently had the opportunity to visit a place that I hadn't been to in 10 years. It holds a special significance becau...
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Over The Divide

June 12, 2012 - 12 miles and 3200ft. While accurate, these figures are completely inadequate when describing a late spring hike in the G...
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Once In A Lifetime

June 07, 2012 - The phrase "once in a lifetime" has been used a lot recently. Two notable examples are the Diamond Jubilee in the UK, an...
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Hidden Depths

May 28, 2012 - Thousands of people visit the high country each year to enjoy the natural beauty of the wilderness and the architecture...
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In The Wilderness

May 17, 2012 - Living in the mountains is quite an experience, but it is no substitute for spending time deep in the wilderness. Spring...
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Old Habits

May 12, 2012 - The best and the worst part about working for myself is that I am entirely in charge of my own destiny. I wouldn't have...
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Spring Cleaning

May 03, 2012 - Spring in the mountains is a time of rapid change. Every walk (or run) is a chance to see new scenery. Despite little ra...
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Dawn To Dusk

April 22, 2012 - I can think of no better reason to wake up before dawn than to be on a mountain trail as the sun rises. An early morning...
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Creativity

April 14, 2012 - As I was preparing to escape to the mountains, I thought a great deal about living in the wilderness and all the opportu...
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Age

April 08, 2012 - This time of year is associated with new beginnings and growth. It's a time of change in the natural world, and nowhere...
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Adaptation

March 31, 2012 - As I reached the end of my 4th mountain run yesterday and checked my watch, it occurred to me that the human body is oft...
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Onwards and Upwards

March 25, 2012 - Spring is (officially, at least) here to stay. Traces of snow remain in sheltered areas and high peaks, but the ground i...
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Purpose

March 19, 2012 - There is always a reason for the choices that we make. Sometimes those are the result of a great deal of thought, but so...
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Permanence

March 08, 2012 - Next week will mark the beginning of my adventures in permaculture. One of the pioneers described it as " a philosophy o...
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Rewards

March 05, 2012 - While I was planning my escape from the city, I remember struggling to find the time to do much more than work (at the o...
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Awakenings

February 24, 2012 - Rocky Mountain winters are long and cold (earlier today, the temperature outside was -12 ° F). Still, with the right wil...
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Adjustment

February 19, 2012 - This new life of mine took a great deal of dedication and planning. However, at this point, I'm finding that there are c...
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Mountain Time

February 10, 2012 - It has been almost three weeks since I left my city office for the last time, and I am only just beginning to realize th...
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Strange Dream

February 02, 2012 - As I type, snow lies at a depth of 3" and more falls in the darkness outside, where wood smoke hangs in the air. Inside,...
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A New Dawn

January 27, 2012 - Almost a week ago I left behind my old life and headed for the mountains to live a simpler, happier existence with my wi...
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Hello, Goodbye

January 19, 2012 - The apartment is empty and the truck is fueled. This is my last day at the office, and my last in this state. My resigna...
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Independence

January 16, 2012 - As I type, all around me is in disarray. Moving preparations are underway. I haven't held my camera in over a week. Feel...
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Close Encounters

January 09, 2012 - During a rare break from making final arrangements in preparation for the big move, I realized that one special photo wa...
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To The High Country

January 04, 2012 - Confucius once said the “only the wisest and stupidest of men never change”. I’m about to make a very significant change...
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Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011 - This latest post comes a little later than I expected. I've been very busy, and I've had very few opportunities to get i...
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Immersion

December 12, 2011 - December seems to be slipping by! I have a winter trip planned, and some new lenses to work with, so you can expect to s...
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Bygones

November 28, 2011 - As the Thanksgiving break ended, I thought of previous winters, and one in particular came to mind. I was very young (fi...
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Reflections

November 22, 2011 - A good photo is more than a pretty picture. It makes the viewer feel or think something. For this reason, photography is...
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Time

November 18, 2011 - I'm a strong believer that time is the most precious resource of all. I know that anything can seem more important when...
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Details

November 09, 2011 - Part of a photographer's job is to pay attention to the components of an image. A small piece of trash can ruin a good s...
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Passing The Test

October 31, 2011 - I can't always be in the Rockies (but I keep trying!), so I have to keep challenging myself from time to time. It's easy...
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Surprises

October 24, 2011 - During a long session of architectural photography work, I was treated to an unexpected show! Walking through live oaks...
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Daydreams

October 18, 2011 - As the air starts to cool, I'm reminded of early morning ascents in the wilderness, where leaves are dew-covered and woo...
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The End Is The Beginning

September 28, 2011 - Summer is over (although I have yet to feel a cool autumn / fall breeze), the long-planned vacation is over, and the ye...
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