Category Archives: Photos

Summer Storm

While it’s cold here now, I am looking through old photographs and found this one. I love how the clouds seem to fall out of the sky as sun still lights the Bookcliffs in the background.

Summer Storm

Summer Storm

 

Black Canyon, East Portal—Topaz Labs

This is a photo I took in October. I filtered it using Topaz Labs’ Impression. The first photo is the original picture. The following are the same picture, filtered differently in Impression.

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What fun!

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Black Canyon, East PortalBlack Canyon, East Portal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Canyon, East Portal Black Canyon, East Portal

 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

—Pablo Picasso                                   www.brainyquote.com

Unaweep Canyon

Here’s another photo, an iPhone 5s photo, that I applied some Topaz Labs’ Impression filters to. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to the number of looks you can create. I shot this looking toward Grand Junction.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

—Twyla Tharp

Unaweep Canyon. Wildcat Trail, May 2014. Looking toward Grand Junction, Colorado.

Unaweep Canyon. Wildcat Trail, May 2014. Looking toward Grand Junction, Colorado.

Cloudworks

I get to see a lot of storms push through here and many of them are pretty impressive. Black and white is even more dramatic. The one thing about digital that’s really nice is the ability to shoot LOTS of pictures of nothing but the sky.

Grand Valley Cloud Works

Grand Valley Cloud Works

 

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Moonrise

Played with camera this evening while the moon rose. Sure would like to figure this out. I have such a nice view.

Moonrise

Moonrise

 

Moon

Moon

Color at Mud Springs

I took this picture on a Saturday run to Mud Springs above Glade Park, Colorado. My camera settings were off; these were the lowest quality photos I could be taking. Not sure how that happened, but I was not pleased to discover that AFTER ending the day. I still got a few pretty pictures, though. This was one of the better shots.

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Colorful Quakies

Black Canyon, South Rim

Spring Hike, 2014

I took these pictures with an iPhone 5s. I think it takes pretty respectable pictures. Once I learned not to use the zoom (and I still forget) I am getting pretty consistently good pictures. I’ve also watched a few videos aimed at teaching how best to capture photos with the that camera.

This was a fun hike with my friend, Carol, on May 23, 2014. I believe she did some geo-caching along the way. And she knows stuff. I saw yellow flowers and greenish caterpillars. She saw [insert correct names here]. A hike with Carol is always informative and fun. We sat toward the top and ate lunch and enjoyed the view.

Unaweep Canyon is one my favorite places. It’s pretty every season; in rain, snow, or sunshine.

Getting Close to Sunset

Driving home from Black Canyon yesterday, this is what the sky looked like just outside of Montrose. Nice, huh?

Just Before Sunset. Montrose, Colorado.

Just Before Sunset. Montrose, Colorado.

Make a Wish

Today, I drove the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Upon entering the National Park, I could go straight, to see the overlooks and the Visitor Center, or head the other direction which went to the bottom of the gorge. The ranger warned me that although the roads are good, the grade is 16% and so quite steep. The payoff was great though.

On the way down, the colors were gorgeous and vibrant.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado.

 

The river is running clean, the fish were jumping, and the light was getting long. It was fairly quiet there, too. There weren’t a lot of people.

Gunnison River. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado.

Gunnison River. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado.

 

I love these things. They’re not too special, but I got a good shot.

Make a Wish

Make a Wish

 

I went further up the road and was able to take a shot looking the other direction.

Gunnison River. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado.

Gunnison River. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado.

 

More little plants and a bug behind.

This was just interesting.

This was just interesting.

 

This bug was so pretty, but by the time I saw him and got focused on him, he turned shy and then flew away.

Shy bug.

Shy bug.

 

The bug was not the only shy critter I focused on today. This deer was not too happy about my stopping and was getting ready to run.

Deer. Black Canyon of the Gunnision, Colorado.

Deer. Black Canyon of the Gunnision, Colorado.

 

I had a really nice day. I took more pictures on the top, then got some sunset and sundog shots outside of Montrose.

What a pretty place to live.

Cactus: Up Close and Personal

Shot with my new 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. Not getting it exactly right yet, but I’m having a blast.

Cactus, Close Up

Summer’s End

Dying sunflower seed bed.

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