Gold in Them Hills-Golden Aspens Surround Mining Town in Colorado

The abandoned ore processing facility in the ghost town of Gilman is surrounded by golden aspen trees at the peak of autumn color in central Colorado.
The abandoned ore processing facility in the ghost town of Gilman is surrounded by golden aspen trees at the peak of autumn color in central Colorado.

Another of the few photographs I took this past fall. This was taken on the same day and trip as the last post. As you wind your way south along Highway 24, just before reaching the top of Battle Mountain Summit (a 9,243-foot pass), you will see the remains of the mining town of Gilman. It’s a popular spot for people to stop and take a picture of the decaying properties nestled among the aspens on the mountainside. With the fall colors at their peak that day, I too couldn’t resist stopping and capturing the scene in its golden splendor!

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Standing in Gold-Colorful Aspen Grove in Colorado

Aspen trunks are surrounded by golden thimbleberry plants at the peak of autumn color along Notch Mountain Road in central Colorado.
Aspen trunks are surrounded by golden thimbleberry plants at the peak of autumn color along Notch Mountain Road in central Colorado.

I was so busy last fall that I barely had any time to get out to shoot fall color in Colorado. Fortunately, I managed to take a side trip on my way back home from a business trip up to Minturn late in September. The colors along Highway 24 were just too good to ignore so I pulled off on Notch Mountain Road and climbed a short way up the road. As I rounded a bend, this magnificent aspen grove caught my eye. The golden undergrowth covered the hillside and made for a dreamy scene that I just had to capture. At least I came away with one image from the fall!

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Sudden Descent-Comet Falls in Mount Rainier National Park

Van Trump Creek drops abruptly from the top of a massive cliff wall forming Comet Falls which plunges in a series of three steps into a lush green valley over 450 feet below in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
Van Trump Creek drops abruptly from the top of a massive cliff wall forming Comet Falls which plunges in a series of three steps into a lush green valley over 450 feet below in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

Comet Falls is one of the most impressive falls in Mount Rainier National Park, so it was definitely on my list of places to get to on my trip to the park. The most intimidating part of getting to it was the hike to get there.

The 1.7-mile distance was nothing, it was the 1,400-foot elevation gain involved that I knew was going to kill me! It had been a while since I had really been out hiking and I knew I was a bit out of shape. I emptied my bag of anything but the necessities to lighten the load and set out in a light rain. It was just the right conditions for waterfall photography.

After stopping to shoot a few times along the way (and many more to catch my breath!), I came to this view looking down the valley to Comet Falls. What a beautiful scene. The sun peeked out occasionally, but stayed behind the clouds long enough to capture a series of images, this one being my favorite because of the shape and the detail in the falls. I ventured closer to the falls after that, but it was difficult to scramble too far because of the rain soaked vegetation.

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Finding My Way-Deer Creek Falls in Mount Rainier National Park

Deer Creek rounds a bend in the dense forest and twists and turns its way over Deer Creek Falls as it plunges into a canyon in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.
Deer Creek rounds a bend in the dense forest and twists and turns its way over Deer Creek Falls as it plunges into a canyon in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington.

As promised, I am going to start posting some new pictures! This is Deer Creek Falls in Mount Rainier National Park. It was the second falls that my son Justin and I stopped at early one morning this past August.

It was an easy hike along the Owyhigh Lakes Trail from the trailhead along Highway 123. The trail runs alongside Deer Creek and offers multiple vantage points of the falls. The canyon below was deep and there’s no chance to get any lower. I settled for framing up a variety of compositions while wedged between the trees. This is my favorite of the bunch because it includes the one last twist at the bottom that leads your eye to the top of the lacy falls.

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Website Update-Mobile Friendly with Fresh New Look

Updated Website
Screen clip of 2017 website update.

It was time to update my website to keep up with today’s trends in mobile devices and while I was at it, I decided to go with a cleaner look. Hopefully you will find the site enjoyable to view no matter what device you are using. If you run into any problems, please let me know!

As in the past, I have been using the awesome website tools from The Turning Gate to create my site. Their new Backlight product was a breeze to use. I would recommend them to anyone interested in building there own website.

Now I need to get busy and add some new pictures. Expect that to happen soon.

Last Show of the Season-Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock
Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock

I will be in Castle Rock this weekend for the last show of the season. My booth will be in the same general area as last year. My booth number is 8 and is highlighted on the map below. Stop out to see my work and say hi. It looks like it should be a beautiful weekend!

 

Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock
Saturday September 10th – 9AM – 6PM
Sunday September 11th – 10AM – 5PM

The Giant Awakens-Mount Rainier Emerges From The Clouds

Mount Rainier emerges from early morning clouds and towers over Upper Tipsoo Lake and a meadow sprinkled with wildflowers in Mount Rainer National Park, Washington.
Mount Rainier emerges from early morning clouds and towers over Upper Tipsoo Lake and a meadow sprinkled with wildflowers in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

As was true with most of the mornings at Mount Rainier National Park, the Tipsoo Lake area was socked in the clouds when I arrived before sunrise. At least this morning you could catch occasional glimpses of the peak as the skies started to lighten.

I setup in the same spot I had setup many other mornings during the week. I hoped for something to happen this morning as it was my last. Unfortunately, sunrise came and went. I took a shot now and then when Mount Rainier appeared, but Lake Tipsoo was rippled by a steady breeze and nothing turned out that great.

I did make the fortunate decision to head across the road to explore Upper Tipsoo Lake and the meadow filled with wildflowers surrounding it. I focused on flowers at first, but noticed that the clouds were breaking up over the peak. I wandered around until I found this pleasing composition including some of the wildflowers and Mount Rainier towering off in the distance. It was a beautiful sight and made for a great ending to a trip!

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Show This Weekend in Denver – The Affordable Arts Festival

Affordable Arts Festival in Denver - August 28th, 2016
Affordable Arts Festival in Denver – August 28th, 2016

This weekend I will be at the Affordable Arts Festival in Denver. This is a special show in that everything is for sale at $100 or less. I will be selling a lot of older framed work that has been collecting dust in my studio as well as some canvas prints that are slightly worn from travelling to shows over the years. I will have lots of matted prints marked down to clear out as well. The show only lasts six hours so come early to pick up the best deals!

Sunday – August 28th, 2016
9AM – 3PM
Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160

You can purchase tickets online to get you into the show quicker or if you are going to purchase tickets at the gate, here is a link to a money saving coupon.

Woodland Serenity-Silver Falls in Mount Rainier National Park

The Ohanapecosh River winds through a dense green forest and drops over Silver Falls into an aquamarine colored pool in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
The Ohanapecosh River winds through a dense green forest and drops over Silver Falls into an aquamarine colored pool in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

I just returned home from a trip out to Mount Rainier National Park outside of Seattle. My son Justin joined me for the first part of the trip and we had fun exploring the park for our first time. We were greeted by clear blue skies and unheard of temperatures close to 90 degrees in the park. Not at all what I expected!

After a fairly fruitless first day where it was just too darn hot to want to do much, we decided to hit a few waterfalls early the next morning before the sun made its way into the woods. The first stop was at Silver Falls just inside the Stevens Canyon entrance. It looked simple enough to get to and I had the GPS coordinates to the trailhead plugged into the car. I suppose it might have helped if I would have followed its directions, but instead I had in my head a different spot for the falls. After turning around multiple times and getting out to search along the roadway, we were ready to give up and ask for direction at the park entrance. That is until we turned the corner and then the GPS directions made sense! It turns out that we had been using the official park map Continue reading “Woodland Serenity-Silver Falls in Mount Rainier National Park”

This Weekend in Salida-Riverside Fine Arts Festival

Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival Logo
Salida Riverside Fine Arts Festival Logo

I am close to home this weekend at the Riverside Fine Arts Festival in Salida. I am in the same location as last year, right at the entrance on the sidewalk. I have a new print from outside of Buena Vista that I took last fall that I just printed this week. Stop on by if you are in the valley and while you are at it, stop by the hospital to see my display out there.

Saturday 7/16 – 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday 7/17 – 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM