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Photo Exhibit: The American West from the 1870’s

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Triangulation, summit of Sultan MountainWilson and RhodaSan Juan County, Colorado. 1874. (Stereoscopic view)Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Triangulation, summit of Sultan Mountain
San Juan County, Colorado (1874 — stereoscopic view)
Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Do you want to see many dozens more of these wonderful images?  Of course you do.  You can thank me after visiting the US Geological Survey page on Flickr here.

Vanished Peoples

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Cliff Palace -- Mesa Verde, Colorado (June 2007)Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Cliff Palace — Mesa Verde, Colorado (June 2007)
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Favorite Places

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At Molas Pass -- Silverton, Colorado (June 2007)Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

At Molas Pass — Silverton, Colorado (June 2007)
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Hard to believe that this was taken nearly a decade ago.  Where does the time go?

A Bit Drafty

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Ghost town cabin -- Animas Forks, Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Ghost town cabin — Animas Forks, Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

The Pull of the Mountains

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Above Molas Pass -- Silverton, Colorado (June 2006)Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Above Molas Pass — Silverton, Colorado (June 2006)
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

How Can You Leave That View?

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Long abandoned miner's cabin -- San Juan Mountains, Colorado (July 2004)Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Long abandoned miner’s cabin — San Juan Mountains, Colorado (July 2004)
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Visions of the Rockies

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Molas Pass -- Silverton, Colorado (November 2009)Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Molas Pass — Silverton, Colorado (November 2009)
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Collaboration on Graphics for Premier CD by Poor Blue

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Cover of the first CD by Poor Blue -- Central Maryland (August 2015)Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Cover of the first CD by Poor Blue — Central Maryland (August 2015)
Sony a6000 + Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH

Now this was a nice treat.  Earlier in the year I was approached out of nowhere by Mary Powers, a graphic designer based out of North Carolina.  She was putting together the packaging for “You’re Welcome”, the first album by a local country blues band, Poor Blue.  She had spotted an image of mine online and was asking for permission to use it in her design. Continue Reading →

News Link: Environmental Agency Uncorks Its Own Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine

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Our place -- Silverton, Colorado (June 2007)Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Our place — Silverton, Colorado (June 2007)
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

The New York Times article about the spill can be found here.

Cindy and I have been keenly tracking this story because the property we used to own in Colorado (image above) was located only a mile or so from where this event happened.  And part of the reason we sold our plot was due to the risk of being held responsible for the cleanup and remediation after such an event, as our property had three former gold mines on it — two with large tailings piles and one without (all three had been sealed shut with dynamite decades ago).  There was still an operational mine just above us when we last visited there (The Blackhawk Mine, which is the structure in the lower right of this image); we wonder what is happening with it now…

Some more vintage images of mining in this area during the early 1900’s can be seen here, and if you want to see more of my own images from the American West, you can find them here.

Pinecone Study

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Pinecone in the sunrise -- Southwestern Colorado (June 2007)Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

Pinecone in the sunrise — Southwestern Colorado (June 2007)
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm