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Shrine to Second Beach

By |November 12th, 2018|Geographic Interest, National Parks, Olympic National Park, Pacific Northwest|

Some of you probably just won't get this next article, and I understand. I'm not sure I would had I not seen this myself. Some of you may get it though, and it's for you I'm writing it. Sea stacks at Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington (2011) After years spent dreaming of walking the shores of Olympic National Park I found myself standing on Second Beach September of 2011. Second Beach, [...]

OLYMPIC 2017

By |October 23rd, 2017|black and white film, Destinations, Environmental, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Hoh Rainforest, Medium Format, New Halem, Olympic National Park, Pacific Northwest, Philosophy, Road Trippin', Twisp, Washington|

For many years I've had a fascination with the Pacific Northwest, and more specifically, Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. A massive colony of life is represented in this scene of mosses and epiphytes (plants growing on other plants without harming the host) clinging to a giant Sitka Spruce in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington (2017). One early memory comes from a American Wilderness TIME-LIFE series book given to me one Christmas about [...]

Fires

By |September 6th, 2017|Environmental, Geographic Interest|

This map contains live feed sources for US wildfire reports (I-209), perimeters, MODIS hot spots, wildfire conditions / red flag warnings, wildfire potential and weather radar. Each of these layers provides insight into where a fire is located, its intensity and the surrounding areas susceptibility to wildfire. As air quality in Colorado worsens by the day due to fires in Wyoming I've been keeping an eye on the historically bad wildfire situation in Oregon, Washington, [...]

Covering Country: 4042N, Year 8

By |March 28th, 2017|4042n, Believeinfilm, black and white film, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Road Trippin', Wyoming|

I realized something of great importance this past Saturday while traveling Iron Mountain Road in Wyoming: I love Wyoming. I love it the way you love something you didn't realize you loved at first. The way some things kinda sneak up on you when you're not looking then bam - there they are and you wonder how long this has been going on. I love Colorado too, but Colorado's easy to love. Everyone loves Colorado. Wyoming's [...]

Dark Skies in New Mexico

By |February 8th, 2017|American Southwest, Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Medium Format, New Mexico, Road Trippin'|

Looks like I'm going to have another go at the Bisti this weekend. It'll be the first real road trip of 2017 and I'm excited. After recently getting the 645 dialed in I'm feeling ready for whatever happens. Dark Sky is a great weather app for the iPhone. At first glance it's simple, easy to use and understand. But there's a lot more power under the hood, like the satellite tracking map at far right. [...]

Winter Grasses and Snow, RMNP, Colorado

By |January 16th, 2017|Believeinfilm, black and white film, Colorado, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Old School, Rocky Mountain National Park|

Winter Grasses and Snow, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Nikon F2S, Ilford Delta 100. Winter is one of Colorado's unique charms. One day we'll be -15°, a few days later we'll be in the mid-to-low 60's. January can be a pretty dreary time, especially just after the holidays. Back to work we go, after what was hopefully a restful - but more likely a stressful - holiday season. Summoning the energy to get [...]

Southwest Color

By |December 6th, 2016|American Southwest, Believeinfilm, Colorado, Destinations, F6, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Mesa Verde, New Mexico, Road Trippin'|

A moonless, cold night in early October proved an excellent time to hunt for the Milky Way in southwestern skies. Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, San Juan County, New Mexico (2016). Last light overlooking Cortez and the San Juan range from Geologic Overlook, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (2016). Southern morning vista with Monument Valley in the distance, Valley of the Gods National Monument, Southern Utah (2016) First light in Alamo Wash, [...]

2016 Autumn Walkabout: Monument Valley, Utah

By |October 10th, 2016|American Southwest, Believeinfilm, Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Golden Circle, Monument Valley, Road Trippin'|

We've just returned from the annual fall walkabout, this time to the American Southwest in search of perfect light. We found it in Monument Valley, Utah one morning. This first of a series of entries won't be a linear description of the trip, but instead snippets surrounding given images, memories or thoughts. Milky Way, Artist's Point, Monument Valley, Utah. The park doesn't open until 7am, but we were able to get in earlier and set [...]

Chicago Lakes, Mount Evans, Colorado

By |September 18th, 2016|Believeinfilm, black and white film, Colorado, Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Old School, panorama|

Chicago Lakes from Summit Lake Overlook, Mount Evans, Colorado (2016). To view image as large as possible please click and you'll be directed to the gallery containing it. One of the commonly cited demerits of 35mm film is its lack of resolution when you want to print really big. It's true. This is a physical limitation; a wall unclimbable by any camera or any lens combination. Leica, Nikon, Canon, Zeiss... it matters not. A frame of [...]

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

By |August 3rd, 2016|4042n, Believeinfilm, black and white film, Colorado, Destinations, Film Photography, Geographic Interest, Gore Range, Medicine Bow Range, Medium Format, Mummy Range, Road Trippin', Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road|

I have had the privilege of living in Colorado since 1981 when I moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. Having moved from Illinois, I'd literally do anything to get into the mountains. At first a poor college student with no car, I once borrowed a friend's bike - two sizes too large - to pedal up Thompson Canyon from Fort Collins, backpack with ice axe and all. I remember a sleek, streamlined peloton of [...]

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