I’m going to be playing catchup with the next few posts. Finally got around to working a bunch of images from some wandering around I did last year, I just kept on traveling and was so busy shooting I never found time to work the backlog.
I spent a few weeks driving around the Rockies in Colorado and finding all sorts of great places long abandoned and slowly returning to the earth.
St. Elmo, a wonderful preserved little ghost town in the heart of the Sawatch Range, and the jumping off point to a number of old mining sites way up in the mountains.
Along Colorado’s Scenic Alpine loop lies the ghost town of Animas Fork, an amazingly well preserved ghost town that has stood dormant since this mill closed more than 100 years ago.
The bones of an old church jut out of a forest along Hwy 25 in eastern Colorado, the only remains of an old mining town which once thrived there.
Part Two of my new favorite place on the planet, Escalante Grand-Staircase, with a few from Capitol Reef sprinkled in.
The desert floor was filled with tiny purple wildflowers, I lit them up at night, using a purple gel to make them glow a bit more.
Temple of the Sun and the Moon in Capitol Reef, catching the first light of day.
Finding beautiful in the smallest details…
A magnificent grove of hoodoo in the backcountry, 10 mi. north of Big Water.
A cool dwelling just off the road south of Page, AZ.
The barn at the Gilford Homestead in Fruita, Capitol Reef NP.
Some more old structures and antiques around the homestead.
A few more from Zebra Canyon. Was quite a squeeze!
Looking down on Hamblin Arch in the Coyote Gulch.
Day breaking on the Temples, Capitol Reef.
Clouds cut sharp shadows across the Devil’s Backbone.
So often it feels like all you see in the desert is browns and green for days, so nice to get a splash of an unexpected color.
Coyote Gulch is a truly awe inspiring place. The alcove and cliff walls rise up and span what seem an impossible height. For scale, on the image below, see those tiny black dots on far right shoreline? Those are hikers. To get here, I scrambled down a 700ft. sandstone wall, of course with my giant pack I wasn’t able to scramble back out so it was a nice 18 mi. hike out of the gulch and through the desert to find my home base.
A view from Alstrom Point, a 180 degree stitched panorama looking out towards Lake Powell in the distance.
Zebra Canyon, for obvious reasons.
This magnificent hoodoo is with a patch of others, probably a 10 mi. hike up a wash just north of Big Water.
Just some random fantastic slot canyon.
A few more with the vantage from Alstrom Point.
This isn’t a mirror image, its a 180 degree pano stitch of 14 wide angle shots, I’m inside a giant arch looking out onto the meandering river in Coyote Gulch.
These strange formations are called Moqui Marbles. I read the Wiki on how they were formed and its fascinating, and I won’t butcher it by summarizing so just look for yourself. My favorite factoid was that they resemble very closely formations found on Mars which are aptly called Martian blueberries.
A storm rolling in over Lake Powell, a welcome sight on the 100+ degree day…
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!
And just a few more random amazing canyon lands in the Escalante area….
See the little camp site down in middle? Go to the Gulch!!!!
Wandering along the Cali coastline, from San Diego to San Francisco, with a few slipped in from a venture in Oregon.
Scripps Pier in La Jolla
Solitary stairway, Socal
Perfect morning to catch some waves, Ecola State Park, Oregon
Cormorants roosting for the evening, La Jolla
In for the night, La Jolla Cove
Couldn’t decide which version of this image I liked better, the orange glow of sodium streetlamps or the more neutral feel of my speed light. La Jolla Cove
Patterns in the sand, San Diego
Ocean fog rolling in, Southern Oregon
Misty morning at Ecola State Park, Oregon
Dolphins playing in the wake on the way to Santa Cruz
Sea Lions soaking in the sun
Scripps Pier, La Jolla
A few from the La Jolla potholes
A good night’s rest
A foggy night at the Umpqua Lighthouse, Oregon
An old dancehall in an abandoned amusement park, Central PA
A few from Crater Lake, OR
Many forest fires raging through SW Washington
Lighting flashes as the clouds open up an isolated rainstorm
Crop burns and hundred of geese coming in for a landing
High atop the Columbia River Valley, OR
Striated land shows just how series the drought has become in Southern California
My buddy Banks perched atop Sequoia’s infamous Mono Rock
The ascent up Mono Rock
Just down the other side of the Sierra’s are the strange tufa formations of Mono Lake
My favorite barn in the Palouse, WA