Autumn in Colorado

As much as I love traveling, it’s tough to beat Colorado in the fall!   The summer tourists have gone home and the hiking trails have thinned out a bit and the weather is just about perfect.   And the fall color is a brilliant yellow.  A little earlier this year than we normally see.  Kind of a double blessing from the unusually wet summer – hardly any wild fires and the color is coming on early.

 

I shot this image of Mt Meeker in Rocky Mountain National Park on the way back from my hike this morning.  Longs Peak gets all the attention (and the swarms of climbers) but Mt Meeker is every bit as stupendous and odds are you’ll be alone when you reach the summit.

 

This was shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 23 1.4 lens.

 

Mt Meeker, RMNP

Mt Meeker, RMNP

 

 

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Leopard in the Serengeti.

 

 

I’m looking forward to getting back to Africa.  I was mostly shooting some pretty heavy stuff while I was in Africa but I did a safari the last week I was there.   I almost didn’t.   I was much more into humanitarian photography at the time and a safari didn’t really appeal to me.

A friend who was also on the the project really pushed me to do it, and I’m glad I did.    Seeing the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater with an incredible guide, Salim of Good Earth Tours, and just me and my buddy in the safari vehicle was perfect.    While the other safari vehicles would all congregate in the same place, Salim always seemed to be a step ahead and knew where to head to to be exactly where we could get a good look when the animal emerged from the bush.  A safari whisper, if you will.

 

I’m going to make it back for another safari but I’m not sure anything will ever reach that high of seeing it all for the first time.   Flying in a bush plane, low over the Serengeti,  for the first time and seeing elephants and giraffes from the window.

 

Leopard stalking in the Serengeti.

Leopard stalking in the Serengeti.

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Chaco

I wasn’t sure if this was the ONE.  He was a border collie mix, which is exactly what I wanted and he was, the shelter guessed, about three years old which was perfect.  But he was a bit of a growler.   We sat there looking at each in the adoption room, me trying to figure out if we were a good fit…Chaco alternating between nuzzling against my leg, pacing the room, and occasionally emitting a low growl.  Hmmm.  Then I noticed his tail was wagging.   What to do?   And then he flopped on his back, inviting me to rub his belly.   Okay, buddy…let’s get you outta here.

 

This was a couple years ago.    And several hundred hikes together later,  I’ve never regretted that decision.

 

I love that mutt.

 

 

 

Yoga dog!

Yoga dog!

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On top of Lily Mountain in Estes Park.

On top of Lily Mountain in Estes Park.

Somewhere in Grizzly Gulch, CO.

Somewhere in Grizzly Gulch, CO.

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Snow dog!

Snow dog!

Somewhere in NM.

Somewhere in NM.

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Hurry up!

Hurry up!

Chaco hiking on the Continental Divide.

Chaco hiking on the Continental Divide.

My daughter's dog, Coraline hanging with Chaco.

My daughter’s dog, Coraline hanging with Chaco.

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Keeping an eye on things.

Keeping an eye on things.

Bliss.

Bliss.

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Unconditional Love

I shot this of a good friend and his dog last week in New Mexico.    He’s had his dog since it was a puppy and now his companion is approaching the end of his life.    Something about dogs and the people who love them that never fails to move me.

 

I went for this shot instead of a close-up because I wanted to convey the relationship between them.    I love the light shining on them as they walk away.

 

The image was taken with the Fuji X-T1 and the 23 1.4 Fuji lens.

 

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Cabezon Peak, NM

I had a blast climbing Cabezon Peak in Northern NM last week with my brother.  One of my rare hikes without my dog, Chaco but having climbed it before I knew there was no way he was going to be able to negotiate a couple of the dicey places.

 

Rattlesnakes are not far from my thoughts when I’m hiking in places like this, especially when I’m getting a hand hold in a place I can’t see.   Didn’t see any this trip but my brother was out that way a few days ago and he almost ran into one sliding down an arroyo.  He mentioned that it’s possible to actually slide backwards up an arroyo in such situations.

 

All photos were shot with the Sony RX100. Love this little camera for hiking…so much so that I’m going to upgrade to the RX100III. The latest version has a little wider aperture and a tilt screen.

 

 

 

Cabezon Peak is definitely the defining landmark in that part of NM.

Cabezon Peak is definitely the defining landmark in that part of NM.

Lots of slick scree the first half and then hand over fist the rest of the way.

Lots of slick scree the first half and then hand over fist the rest of the way.

Cool views from the chimney.

Cool views from the chimney.

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It looks like a gentle slope down from the top but a few more feet and it's straight down.

It looks like a gentle slope down from the top but a few more feet and it’s straight down.

Love the topography of this part of NM.  That little village (just an old church and a couple buildings) you can barely see is where the opening scene in in season 3 of Breaking Bad was filmed.

Love the topography of this part of NM. That little village (just an old church and a couple buildings) you can barely see is where the opening scene in in season 3 of Breaking Bad was filmed.

A little windy on top!

A little windy on top!

So I missed the main route up and ended up taking a more difficult and edgier route up.  Came back on the more established route and saw this on the way down.  A total of like six cairns and a huge arrow pointing the way...somehow I walked through all this and missed it.

So I missed the main route up and ended up taking a more difficult and edgier route up. Came back on the more established route and saw this on the way down. A total of like six cairns and a huge arrow pointing the way…somehow I walked through all this and missed it.

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Servicios de la Raza’s Annual Fiesta

 

 

I always love shooting Servicios de la Raza’s annual Fiesta!    Servicios does incredible work for the community of North Denver and their annual Fiesta is yet another way they give back to North Denver.    The car was stellar but it’s the Low Rider Hopping contest that is the biggest draw.

 

Very nice to be able to walk two blocks from my house to Chaffee Park to shoot the Fiesta.   I love North Denver.

 

 

 

The car show is always impressive.

The car show is always impressive.

 

I always enjoy photographing the Aztec dancers.

I always enjoy photographing the Aztec dancers.

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Ice cream, anyone?

Ice cream, anyone?

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Bikers checking out the bikes.

Bikers checking out the bikes.

Vote!

Vote!

Rudy Gonzalez, the Executive Director of Servicios, reacting to Councilwoman Judy Montero's comments.

Rudy Gonzalez, the Executive Director of Servicios, reacting to Councilwoman Judy Montero’s comments.

Introduction of VIP's and the North Denver police.

Introduction of VIP’s and the North Denver police.

Waiting for the Hopping contest.

Waiting for the Hopping contest.

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Photographers having a moment :)

Photographers having a moment :)

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Kids watching the show.

Kids watching the show.

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...and the winner is!

…and the winner is!

Chicano Bikers Club.  I wasn't going to tell them to smile.

Chicano Bikers Club. I wasn’t going to tell them to smile.

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Amen to that.

Amen to that.

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