My travels this year were largely confined to Colorado but that is not necessarily a bad thing. From the mountains to the prairies, our scenery here is second to none and provides fantastic photo opportunities no matter where you are. These are my favorite landscape captures from the past year. Best viewed full screen.
I was looking for a different image from last year’s trip to Grand Teton National Park when I happened across this image I hadn’t shared before. Taken on June 15, 2017, I was up early looking to capture the sunrise at the famous Oxbow Bend.
Once the colors started to fade in the sky above, I began to look for different compositions and settled on this one, zoomed in on the 12,610 foot tall mountain. That fresh late winter / early spring snow was lit up brilliantly and the sky above really help make this a pretty neat picture.
The Centennial State’s flag flying high above the Rocky Mountains. One more from the series of this cool balloon that I captured this past week. It was an absolutely gorgeous fall day and the skies, my goodness, just crystal clear along the Front Range.
I posted a closer view earlier today so check it out if you missed it. I had the privilege of flying in a hot air balloon one time at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – such an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it. I’m trying to convince my wife we need to go but she is scared of heights and a bit unsure. 😉
Now THIS is Colorado. 😉 My photo drive Sunday was far less than fruitful but this scene helped make up for it.
I happened to see the famous Colorado balloon north of Denver set out in pursuit. I spent more than an hour capturing pics of it as it floated above with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains behind. The images are a great reminder of why I love the Centennial State so much.
One of the photos from the series is definitely going to end up on my office or home wall. It would look great on yours too – see here.
Quite a beautiful scene at Rocky Mountain National Park’s Sprague lake this past Saturday morning. I loved the silhouetted mountains and trees with the beautiful sky above reflected on the water’s surface below.
The heck of it, this image could have been much nicer – had a arrived 10 minutes earlier. I could see the morning show was going to be amazing and I was trying my best to hurry up and get in position. Unfortunately, slow moving vehicles in the park delayed me along the entire route. I was going nuts watching what I was missing while I was driving but it was not to be.
Nevertheless, the later part of the sunrise was still pretty good.
Kind of a fun image I captured this past weekend. I was wrapping up my photo drive when I saw a number of hot air balloons descending in the north Denver metro area. Unfortunately this guy was coming down pretty quickly so I couldn’t get myself closer and in a better position. Nevertheless, it makes for a cool capture even if not the best quality.
One for Canada Day harkening back to my visit there two years ago. This is an image I haven’t shared before of this absolutely amazing location.
While on this trip I kept telling my wife, “You just can’t take a bad picture.” That is virtually true – it was that beautiful. I cannot wait until the day when I return.
Happy birthday to our friends to the north!
For what was my favorite image of this spot, see here. I actually have that one hanging on my wall at home.
My wife and I headed to the top of Mount Evans today for a photo excursion. Lots of cool wildlife shots to share later but this came away as my favorite of the day. It was extraordinarily hazy at 14,000+ feet and the air was thick with the sight – and smell – of smoke from wildfires burning in Colorado. In color, the image wasn’t really extraordinary but a conversion to black and white provided a pretty cool look I think.
One for Tatanka Tuesday! Taken this past weekend, some of the Bison herd at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado were a good ways out across the prairie.
The skies were kind of dim but also slightly dramatic and best of all, conditions were extraordinarily clear with no ground level haze. This afforded a fantastic view of the Flatirons near Boulder with those dramatic skies above. In the foreground, the Bison and even a couple of deer.
In the end, I am pretty pleased with this image.
You might think this is a current picture given the weather conditions that seem to be taking place but in fact was taken last June. It was late spring but following a winter that saw extraordinary amounts of snow, there was still plenty of the white stuff up at altitude. In fact, just two days prior to this picture being taken we had woken up to falling snow just north of this spot in Yellowstone.
The Rocky Mountains are impressive just about anywhere but, in the Tetons, the peaks are just a step above most of the rest. They are a lot rougher and more jagged than most of the mountains here in the Colorado and to me, just look really darned cool.