Posted at 1:00 pm , on May 10, 2017
Car packed with camera gear, my trusty hiking boots, and the best trail guide a person could ask for, I headed out to a remote area on rocky terrain with sagebrush covered hills in search of the wild horses of the Sand Wash Basin. I had no idea what to expect during my outing, and after a while on dusty, canyon-like roads, all my expectations were exceeded the moment I caught my first glimpse of a small band off in the distance, in the middle of open prairie.
There’s nothing more beautiful and elegant than seeing a wild horse gallop freely, grazing at their own will, and raising their young. The horses of Sand Wash Basin represent a variety of colors including paints, grays, bays, red and blue roans, among other color variations. They roam this open land in bands ~ a family of horses. They express strength and boldness, gentleness and sometimes sorrow. Their lives represent the iconic symbol of the west.
I felt honored by this wildlife experience, capturing in photos their majestic and dignified spirit. These photos are only a snapshot in time. It’s the being there that’s spectacular.
Stay wild, stay free.
Posted at 6:19 pm , on May 9, 2017
An extraordinary journey through rolling hills and sagebrush, the Sombrero Ranch cowboys can breathe a little easier as the 2017, two day, 62-mile horse drive adventure comes to an end.
Posted at 12:43 am , on May 9, 2017
Sombrero Ranch riders lead the horse drive down the middle of Highway 40 through Maybell, Colorado. Every year in early May, horses are taken from winter grazing pasture to summer pasture. The 62 mile trip takes two days of hard riding to complete, and has taken place since the early 60’s. The sound of thundering hooves, whinnying and nickering as the horses and cowboys come into town is an exhilarating experience.
Posted at 9:49 pm , on December 17, 2016
As the day breaks, with temperatures in the negative single digits, snow lightly fluttering down and icy road conditions, I venture out into a winter wonderland to capture some landscape images of the Flatirons from Chautauqua Park. Just a short drive from downtown Boulder, these iconic peaks attract over 100,000 visitors each year who come to hike the many trails to the massive, triangular-shaped sandstone slabs. Any season, the meadow is a popular photography sight at the base of Boulder’s Flatirons, and is a short distance from the Rangers Cottage with its gracious verandah and knowledgeable staff.
Posted at 3:31 am , on December 4, 2016
For a town full of history and character, Breckenridge loves to celebrate no matter the temperature. As Christmas carolers sing, over 100 Santas of all shapes and sizes converge on the town of Breckenridge for an annual charity race down Main Street. The non-timed sprint is part of this mountain community’s holiday season kickoff celebration, which includes a cookie station, free hot cocoa, caroling, and much more. There is never a dull moment in Breck. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Posted at 7:55 pm , on November 28, 2016
Manitou Springs is nestled in the shadows of the 14,114-foot Pike’s Peak. A small town, home to the Cog Railway, Manitou Incline, and centuries old mineral spring, as well as numerous little shops, galleries and eateries. The annual events that take place in town are interesting to say the least. Events such as the Fruitcake Toss, Coffin Race, and Carnivale show that the town really knows how to host some seriously wacky, fun events.
Sometimes dubbed ‘hippie Mayberry’, the town is a haven for the artsy, spiritual type with a mellow vibe. And yes, there are no less than a half dozen legal marijuana establishments, one with its own overflow parking. That’s how they roll. Literally.
Posted at 12:58 am , on July 17, 2016
Oh, what a glorious day in the garden! Allow me to inspire your green thumb with these beautiful photos from the annual, self-guided garden tour of five private properties in Evergreen, CO for the purpose of viewing exceptional gardens, each boasting their own innovative design and an array of beautiful flowers. High altitude gardening is no easy feat, but these homeowners make it look simple. Lovely organic mountain vegetable garden, peaceful terraced retreats, rock garden, laying hens, goats, as well as local artists painting. I hope you enjoy this tour as much as I have!
Posted at 10:15 pm , on July 3, 2016
Visited the Ferguson goat farm today, and took a few photos of the new kids. I find goats to be very social, curious, independent creatures, each with their own distinct personality. They are friendly and ready for mischief at any moment. Here are the captures that didn’t try to nibble on me or my equipment.
Posted at 6:39 pm , on June 21, 2016
A powwow is an intertribal event, which dates back to the 1800’s. If you are fortunate to attend one, you will immediately notice the heartbeat of the drum as it travels through the air. The voices that sing speak volumes. Feathers and beads in bright regalia swirl around, drawing you into the energy. It will be a genuinely, beautiful experience.
Posted at 1:00 pm , on April 10, 2016
The tallest sand dunes in North America with 30 miles of sandy peaks to explore, the Great Sand Dunes National Park is without a doubt a diverse and interesting adventure. The dunes offer a unique and challenging backpacking experience without any specific trails to follow, so you can blaze your own. The Medano creek flows along the base and the Sangre De Cristo mountains tower an impressive 14,344 feet above. The day these photos were taken, there was still snow visible on the surrounding mountains, and a storm was brewing. On a sunny day there would be magnificent shadows of rich gold color across the dunes.