My wife and I wait for Autumn all year, happy to relinquish the high country to those unable to visit any time they wish and instead, having to save precious vacation time for a week in The West. I smile when I see families enjoying visiting, knowing how rejuvenating time away from one's normal day-to-day can be and glad they've been able to experience the great state of Colorado. But the Fall... that's when things [...]
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. [...]
South Brush Creek, Snowy Range, Wyoming At first it looked like a brownish, furry lump in the middle of WYO 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 rolled closer the profile of a small head emerged from the fur, then turned a few times trying to get her bearings then let out a [...]
Sometimes when visiting a new place surrounded by such emptiness there's a mild reservation about leaving the imagined security of whatever semblance of civilization there is - and striking alone into the void. With minimal maps and no idea what really lay out there I check the fuel gauge and tires, listen to the car carefully for any indication of malfunction and make sure a little food and water are close at hand.
I'm excited to announce a new project - well, less "new" in terms of topic - but more "new" in terms of focused effort. The project is called Terra Firma, and I suppose like so many of my other "projects," I've really been working on this one for a long time. First Light at Rock Cut, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Terra Firma is a landscape collection on johnbcrane.com (please click here to [...]
Pine (Bluffs), Wyoming lay at the extreme south-eastern corner of the state, a stone’s throw from Nebraska along the Old Lincoln Highway and I-80. My visit to Pine was late in the year with my dog Henry. Over the course of several months we’d seen Henry begin to slow and knew he’d begun his journey home. Not wanting to miss any opportunities with him I took the Jeep this trip, knowing he’s more comfortable than in [...]