Sunset Over Red Mountain

Sunset over Red Mountain – Silverton, Colorado

When we owned our place high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, one of our great joys was watching the incredible sunsets. This was one of them, taken about midway up our property line. Our former gold mining claim – which actually had three old and safely sealed gold mining shafts on it (that’s the tailings pile for one of them in the middle of the image) – started at 11,300-feet (3,444 m) in elevation and topped out above the timberline at just over 12,000-feet (3,657 m). In recent days, Cindy and I have been fondly reminiscing about our times spent there tent camping on our plot, without a soul around us for as far as the eye could see.


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Sunset over Red Mountain
From our property
Silverton, Colorado
July 2004
Canon PowerShot G3 digicam

Published — Southern California Superbloom

Springtime superblooms – Gorman, California

Eighteen years ago to this day, my family and I were all piled into the car, driving north from southern Los Angeles toward San Jose, to see my sister graduate from her first alma mater. As we hustled along on the interstate, I noticed something odd alongside the road up ahead – color! Normally, this section of California is just an undulating mix of ochres, umbers, and siennas — with maybe a little bit of dusty green mixed in for variety. But not this time. No, this time there were shimmering purples and violets, bright cadmium yellows, and luminous oranges.

It was a superbloom! I hesitate to call a superbloom rare – because that term is so overused these days – but this was the first time I’d ever seen it in over four decades, and I was completely blown away by just how much the bright colors were exploding in the hills above us.

Because we were on a tight schedule, we only stopped long enough for a few shots before hurrying on to our final destination, but it was enough. And later this image was entered into a competition and printed in a small publication with a circulation of 58 thousand subscribers. A brief stop that was well worth the effort!


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Springtime superblooms
Gorman Hills Flower Fields
Gorman, California
May 2003
Canon PowerShot G3 digicam

Mountain Color

San Juan Mountains – Silverton, Colorado

Springtime in the Rockies is truly something that has to be experienced in person because photos and videos simply don’t do it justice. Why? Because there are aromatic scents drifting and lingering about, and crisp clean air, and depth! Depth is so incredibly important for experiencing the American West – without it, everything looks like a flat picture perfect postcard and doesn’t begin to give one a sense of immense scale.


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San Juan Mountains
Silverton, Colorado
July 2004
Canon PowerShot G3 digicam