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Autumn 2017

By |November 8th, 2017|American Southwest, Autumn, Destinations, National Parks, Pacific Northwest, Road Trippin', Rocky Mountain West, Travel Journals|

Autumn has historically been one of the best times of year to travel. The crowds of summer have dwindled and children are back in school. But the fall colors are still there. The crisp bite in the air is still tasted. The smells of damp, downed foliage permeates fresh morning air and autumn light is second to none. Skies come alive as storm systems materialize around the fringes of the seasons. Rates in hotels drop significantly the last week of October and first week of November. Gas prices are usually down. Campgrounds are largely still open and far less crowded. In the quiet absence of crowds, one is free to - if only for a short time - experience a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet joy.

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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 [...]

Yuma County Grain

By |June 20th, 2017|4042n, Road Trippin'|

For whatever reason I'm drawn to the the less popular; the rag-tag, rumpled, untucked misfits of the world. Not as some sort of contrarian act - but more in a search for intrinsic worth. In all things. Acknowledgement of  life's many, many dimensions. Yuma County Grain One of my favorite things to do is head East, towards the less notable portions of this glorious state of Colorado. I don't know if it's out [...]

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 [...]

Boulder, Colorado

By |February 20th, 2017|Boulder, Colorado, Medium Format, Road Trippin'|

Often times when you head out for the day along Colorado's Front Range you simply don't know what the day holds. That's one of the reasons it's such fun: that unexpected surprise emerging when you think you're looking for one thing - and another takes you completely off guard. Such was the case on this day. Fort Collins was shrouded in cold, gray fog.  There was really no hint of redemption - just unrelenting grayness. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Elk Mountain, Wyoming

By |June 1st, 2016|4042n, Believeinfilm, black and white film, Destinations, Environmental, Film Photography, Medium Format, Natural History, Road Trippin', Uncategorized, Wyoming|

South Brush Creek, Snowy Range, Wyoming At first it looked like a dead animal - a brownish, furry lump in the middle of the dirt 320. The wind blew and late morning sun peeked in and out of an active sky. Through a dirty windshield it was tough to make out. As the car slowly rolled closer, the profile of a small head emerged from the fur, then turned a few times trying to get [...]

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