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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Meeting Moose

January 14, 2015 - Weighing in at up to 1000 lbs, the Shiras moose is Colorado's largest mammal. Often spotted in or near riparian areas, m...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Little Acorns

October 14, 2011 - My fascination with photography started many years ago, as a child. I liked the idea that views and experiences could be...
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Consolidation

October 10, 2011 - I've been busy working on my galleries and making a few additional offerings on Facebook, including some new e-cards. I...
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Gainfully Employed

October 04, 2011 - I've just started my latest commissioned project, which consists mainly of architectural work. This is the second projec...
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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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Testing...

September 23, 2011 - After much dreaming and planning, I thought it was finally time for some action! So, here I am, with a new blog, new pro...
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