Digitalis - Detail
Digitalis - Detail
Wild Flowers and Waterfalls...
Wild Flowers and Waterfalls...
Not fearing whats behind ii
Not fearing whats behind ii
Wild Iris Hot Creek - Eastern Sierras
Wild Iris Hot Creek - Eastern Sierras
Trapper's Lake
Trapper's Lake
Desolate Beauty
Desolate Beauty
Old Man of the Mountain - Gothic
Old Man of the Mountain - Gothic
shouldered by giants
shouldered by giants
Fireweed - Boreas Pass
Fireweed - Boreas Pass
Paintbrushes - Shrine Pass 4
Paintbrushes - Shrine Pass 4
Paint Brush - Shrine Pass
Paint Brush - Shrine Pass
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 3
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 3
Fireweed and Yule Pass
Fireweed and Yule Pass
Columbine - Mt. Washington
Columbine - Mt. Washington
Wild Carrot
Wild Carrot
East River - Upstream
East River - Upstream
Columbine - Detail
Columbine - Detail
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American Basin - Cotton Grass
American Basin - Cotton Grass
Gold King Basin
Gold King Basin
American Basin - Cinnamon Pass
American Basin - Cinnamon Pass
American Basin - Cascades
American Basin - Cascades
American Basin - best of show
American Basin - best of show
American Basin - gathering it in
American Basin - gathering it in
American Basin - that light
American Basin - that light
American Basin - Blue & Grey
American Basin - Blue & Grey
Light and Dark
Light and Dark
East River - Upstream
East River - Upstream
American Basin - Stages
American Basin - Stages
Gothic - upstream
Gothic - upstream
American Basin - Bouquet III
American Basin - Bouquet III
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Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 5
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 5
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 2
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 2
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Columbine - Hot Creek
Columbine - Hot Creek
Columbine Sunset
Columbine Sunset
Wahkeena Falls
Wahkeena Falls
Elephants Ears - Yule Pass
Elephants Ears - Yule Pass
Asters - Shrine Pass
Asters - Shrine Pass
Hints of Summer
Hints of Summer
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings...
Mesa Musings...
Moonlit Bouquet
Moonlit Bouquet
Cordova Pass - Wild Iris
Cordova Pass - Wild Iris
Cordova Pass - Panorama
Cordova Pass - Panorama
Painted Wall - Cactus
Painted Wall - Cactus
Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande Gorge
Yellow Mule's Ears
Yellow Mule's Ears
Almont Triangle
Almont Triangle
Patches of Light
Patches of Light
Almont Triangle
Almont Triangle
Bouquet
Bouquet
Intertwined
Intertwined
Mt. Wilson - Lupine
Mt. Wilson - Lupine
Last Dollar - Lupine
Last Dollar - Lupine
Hateful Eight - Last Dollar Sunset
Hateful Eight - Last Dollar Sunset
Almont - Found
Almont - Found
Almont Triangle - 7/17
Almont Triangle - 7/17
Digitalis - Detail
Digitalis - DetailSeemingly everywhere in the Pacific Northwest, this small clump of Foxtails was the first for me to photograph.  I have since learned that around the world the also go by the name "Thimble Flower," which seems wholly appropriate!
Wild Flowers and Waterfalls...
Wild Flowers and Waterfalls...This was going to be a waterfall hike, but this Fox Glove needed to be celebrated, so Wahkeena Falls became the setting and not the show.
Not fearing whats behind ii
Not fearing whats behind iiI stopped because of the contrast.  Something ominous in the redwoods, with the light perfectly playing on the flowers.  
Wild Iris Hot Creek - Eastern Sierras
Wild Iris Hot Creek - Eastern SierrasFinding your subject is how photography works.  Finding your subject, in a compelling setting, is how photography works.  Finding your subject, in a compelling setting, bathed in light, is how photography works.  Composing your subject, in a compelling setting, bathed in light, is how photography works.  Finding a wild iris, on the side of the Hot Creek, with Mt. Tom in the background, as the morning light bathes it, is how photography works.  I hope you agree.
Trapper's Lake
Trapper's LakeA morning of motorcycle riding in search of wildflowers took we into the Flat Tops Wilderness of Northern Colorado. Trapper's Lake was originally surveyed in 1919 by Arthur Carhart. As the nation's first designated Wilderness Area Carhart decreed that the the Flat Tops should never be developed and that it was to remain road free.  A sixty-seven mile scenic byway does cross the wilderness, though it and all other roads are dirt, discouraging all but the most curious.
Desolate Beauty
Desolate BeautySummer 2017 has been less than predictable, weather-wise.  A heavy snowpack held on, then high temperature and dry days in June slowed the wildflower blows.  July monsoons have brought relief to the mountains, and the wildflowers  are starting to burst.  Finding flowers in their unique settings just adds to the joy of the journey.
Old Man of the Mountain - Gothic
Old Man of the Mountain - GothicFlowers always seek the light.  Sometimes it is subtle, sometimes it is obvious.  Some are in bunches, some are solitary.  But always, at some point, they seek out the light...
shouldered by giants
shouldered by giantsAspens provide such vibrant color in the Fall.  During the spring and summer their starkness and green canopy create the perfect contrast and shelter for the color growing at their feet.  Morning and evening light amplifies this display.
Fireweed - Boreas Pass
Fireweed - Boreas PassThe Ten-Mile Range and the town of Breckenridge far below in the valley provide a perfect backdrop for this clump of Fireweed.  Boreas Pass connects Breckenridge with Como following the 20-plus mile course of the long gone narrow gauge railway.  
Paintbrushes - Shrine Pass 4
Paintbrushes - Shrine Pass 4I guess I got lost in the Paintbrush and Lupine.  The contrasting colors and the pure but delicate vibrancy couldn't be ignored.  For whatever reason they seem to magnify the light, and radiate it with every petal.
Paint Brush - Shrine Pass
Paint Brush - Shrine PassA late night finding a muddy campsite didn't deter me from waking up before the light to seek out patches and bunches of colorful brilliance.  I didn't find the massive carpets that I was hoping for, but isolated flowers in dynamic settings provided perfect subject material.
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 3
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 3I was struggling with the light and the composure.  Setting and subject were easy; blooming wildflowers in the high alpine meadows, how could I get any of it wrong?!
Fireweed and Yule Pass
Fireweed and Yule PassIts always interesting to come home after an intensive photography session and to begin to take a “second look” at the images. I’m always amazed at the “gems” I find, and enjoy getting them out to share,
Columbine - Mt. Washington
Columbine - Mt. WashingtonCrested Butte is surrounded by just so many valleys and peaks that its easy to get confused trying to orient oneself there. The Columbine lay in all sorts of places, low ravines, stream side, in the thicker forests and even these high meadows. The real challenge with photographing this flower is not finding it, but getting it to sit still. There are so delicate that the slightest breeze can upset them. So, patience is a must with these, as really all flowers.
Wild Carrot
Wild CarrotNot all flowers have to be colorful to be beautiful.
East River - Upstream
East River - UpstreamI don’t normally shoot this high up along the river. I tend to prefer the sweeping curves as the course slowly meanders around Mt. Crested Butte. But with wildflowers blowing everywhere, I felt a trip up to Emerald Lake was a worthy detour. The flowers along the way did not disappoint.
Columbine - Detail
Columbine - Detail
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American Basin - Cotton Grass
American Basin - Cotton GrassSome sites are more startling than others. Waking up early, to catch the rising light is so rarely disappointing. Finding green, and cotton colored bulbs, wispy tendrils blown by a morning breeze, makes it all worth those uncomfortable first moves.
Gold King Basin
Gold King BasinGiven this name in an earlier time, for an earlier reason, the name was ringing true this sunset.
American Basin - Cinnamon Pass
American Basin - Cinnamon Pass There are depths that we all have to go to.
American Basin - Cascades
American Basin - CascadesThe act of discovery is something I have always relished. This set of images would fall squarely in that category of things that were just “found.” I have only been to the American Basin one other time, but I didn’t even make it out of the lower parking area and so had very little of what to expect. I had a few compositions in find; certain features and elements that I was really hoping to capture, but the shock and surprise of the variety of compositions and the richness of the colors and the heavy volume of water still cascading off of the mountain completely caught me off guard.
American Basin - best of show
American Basin - best of showThe act of discovery is something I have always relished. This set of images would fall squarely in that category of things that were just “found.” I have only been to the American Basin one other time, but I didn’t even make it out of the lower parking area and so had very little of what to expect. I had a few compositions in find; certain features and elements that I was really hoping to capture, but the shock and surprise of the variety of compositions and the richness of the colors and the heavy volume of water still cascading off of the mountain completely caught me off guard.
American Basin - gathering it in
American Basin - gathering it inThe act of discovery is something I have always relished. This set of images would fall squarely in that category of things that were just “found.” I have only been to the American Basin one other time, but I didn’t even make it out of the lower parking area and so had very little of what to expect. I had a few compositions in find; certain features and elements that I was really hoping to capture, but the shock and surprise of the variety of compositions and the richness of the colors and the heavy volume of water still cascading off of the mountain completely caught me off guard.
American Basin - that light
American Basin - that lightThe act of discovery is something I have always relished. This set of images would fall squarely in that category of things that were just “found.” I have only been to the American Basin one other time, but I didn’t even make it out of the lower parking area and so had very little of what to expect. I had a few compositions in find; certain features and elements that I was really hoping to capture, but the shock and surprise of the variety of compositions and the richness of the colors and the heavy volume of water still cascading off of the mountain completely caught me off guard.
American Basin - Blue & Grey
American Basin - Blue & GreyThe act of discovery is something I have always relished. This set of images would fall squarely in that category of things that were just “found.” I have only been to the American Basin one other time, but I didn’t even make it out of the lower parking area and so had very little of what to expect. I had a few compositions in find; certain features and elements that I was really hoping to capture, but the shock and surprise of the variety of compositions and the richness of the colors and the heavy volume of water still cascading off of the mountain completely caught me off guard.
Light and Dark
Light and DarkWildflower season in Crested Butte. Not much else to say. Actually, I have a lot to say. This was an extra ordinary view, one that I almost missed. There are so many incredible compositions in and around this town, and the variety and intensity of the flowers have lead to their own wildflower festival. While I didn’t specifically participate in the events, it was easy to get swept away by the beauty of the forests and meadows teaming with color. This shot was special, something completely different than most Columbine shots.
East River - Upstream
East River - UpstreamI don’t normally shoot this high up along the river. I tend to prefer the sweeping curves as the course slowly meanders around Mt. Crested Butte. But with wildflowers blowing everywhere, I felt a trip up to Emerald Lake was a worthy detour. The flowers along the way did not disappoint.
American Basin - Stages
American Basin - StagesThe afternoon light was finally growing long. The flowers were no longer washed out, and cloud created depth behind the upper ridge of the Basin.The roll of the wildflower season is a fascinating one to witness. My first summer in Colorado was spent in a summer camp, taking 13 and 14 year old campers up into the Colorado Backcountry to summit the 14’ers that are so awe inspiring, and camping out in lush Basins like this, ripe with flowers that were all new to me, yet would become familiar to me over the course of 30 years.There have been many summers that I have completely missed this spectacle, but this composition reminds me of the balance and the fragility, and that everything seems to have it’s time, regardless of our impatience.
Gothic - upstream
Gothic - upstreamFollowing the East River to find the fields of flowers was all I could hope for.
American Basin - Bouquet III
American Basin - Bouquet IIIThe afternoon light was finally growing long. The flowers were no longer washed out, and cloud created depth behind the upper ridge of the Basin.
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Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 5
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 5I think I got the light just right in this one.  I will be printing it for myself.
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 2
Paintbrush - Shrine Pass 2Vibrant red, deep pink, and a rich purple, I'd not seen this variety in Paintbrushes before.  The sun's early glow casts these colors in a dreamy light.
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Columbine - Hot Creek
Columbine - Hot CreekThere is an active caldera underneath the Owens Valley, it's a byproduct of being part of the Ring of Fire.  There are dozens of spots in the valley where the heat is close to the surface, percolating through to create small pools and springs which if not being used by the cows, can be very pleasant.  Hot Creek is meanders through the valley.
Columbine Sunset
Columbine SunsetWildflower season in Crested Butte. Not much else to say. Actually, I have a lot to say. A new blog entry will be coming soon.Scrambling along the side of Washington Mountain to frame this composition, and then sitting, and watching the sky evolve from soft and subtle grey, to violent pinks and orange; I can think of a more humbling experience. Then sitting, waiting for night to grow, such a perfect sight.
Wahkeena Falls
Wahkeena FallsDigitalis, or Foxtails, or Thimble Flowers...  I wished I'd taken more pictures of these while they were available.  Certainly they were one of the happy surprises on this trip; their quiet confidence and vibrant colors. Their image stands well against a cold winter's day.
Elephants Ears - Yule Pass
Elephants Ears - Yule PassI know I’ve commented in other spheres the uniqueness of this particular evening. It seems that every few months this sort of event happens, where all the right light and all the right compositions just show up, and I’m able to feast on the beauty. This was definitely one of those times, I truly hope to share many, many more.
Asters - Shrine Pass
Asters - Shrine PassSimple, serene.  Last of the morning dew, still drawn to delicate petals.  Hidden but in plane site.
Hints of Summer
Hints of SummerIt should be pretty obvious by now that photography has given me a tremendous amount of emotional support over the past few years. There is a very painful truth in this photo, although very unintentional, that a lot of that pain started here, very near this spot. I set down a path of that was equal parts self-preservation and self-indulgence. I lost a best friend, and struggling to find the balance for what I’ve gained.
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings
Mesa Musings...
Mesa Musings...
Moonlit Bouquet
Moonlit BouquetA lot of wind after the storm blew through… Some things stayed pretty, others were put in motion.
Cordova Pass - Wild Iris
Cordova Pass - Wild Iris
Cordova Pass - Panorama
Cordova Pass - Panorama
Painted Wall - Cactus
Painted Wall - CactusI finally had a chance to share this with Tanner. We sat through the sunset after a long, long ride that day.
Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande GorgeSome things stand near the edge; this little cactus showed no fear, basking in the fading light.
Yellow Mule's Ears
Yellow Mule's EarsIt wasn’t the right light, it wasn’t the right sky, but the Mule’s Ears wouldn’t let go of my attention.
Almont Triangle
Almont Triangle
Patches of Light
Patches of LightThe forests and meadows around Crested Butte are beginning to fill again with these lovely scenes. The Lupine basking in the final light of the day. 
Almont Triangle
Almont Triangle
Bouquet
Bouquet The slopes of the Almont Triangle are littered with these plots of thick and colorful bouquets. But I found it so challenging to frame and compose the first day out. I’m not sure why that happens; either being overwhelmed or in a rush for perfection, or simply lacking the insight needed to see through the mass?  But fortunately the second night out, I was able to slow down, take in the infinite moments and find the images that I was hoping for. 
Intertwined
Intertwined Aspens take many, different and interesting shapes as the grow. Not a single, rooted plant, but a colony, each tree is merely a shoot off of a much large and complex root system. This creates a imagery of codependency when really it’s a seamless boundary. 
Mt. Wilson - Lupine
Mt. Wilson - LupineI wrote last year about a broken heart, while sitting in this spot. The view hasn’t changed, but maybe the heart has…
Last Dollar - Lupine
Last Dollar - LupineIt snowed, and it snowed, and in snowed, until the locals were sick of it and the avalanches swallowed up thousands of Aspens and pine groves. But then, the flowers bloomed…
Hateful Eight - Last Dollar Sunset
Hateful Eight - Last Dollar SunsetYep, the movie was filmed along this road. Iconic scenery and empty spaces make this an easy location for filming. Add movies like True Grit (both) and City Slickers, and one can begin to appreciate the West for what it is; simple beauty.
Almont - Found
Almont - FoundSome things need to be found. The Asters were the goal; In the past two weeks the variety of blooms has exploded on the Almont Triangle. But, I wanted a composition that showed the Asters off. Earlier in the day I’d scouted them out, and made a mental note on how to approach them when evening was coming on. But, I really wanted to take the evening in, so intentionally parked further away than I needed to so that I could explore the hillside and take it all in. Exploring was exactly what I needed to do…
Almont Triangle - 7/17
Almont Triangle - 7/17I’ll put down more thoughts in a bit, but for now, it was good.
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