On The Back Of A Sand Dune

On the back of a giant sand dune, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. You never know what shapes will come as the sun sets on the great dunes in the National Park. I thought this one resembled a dolphin leaping through the  waves made by the prow of a ship. Thanks for looking. G

 

On The Back Of A Sand Dune

March Musings added

I’ve just added a March Musings, a photo essay in the San Luis Valley Free PDF Download

Great Sand Dunes National Park And Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Colorado. Spent the day here today on a photo shoot. Spring break was happening behind us with visitors from half a dozen states on sand boards and sleds. Before us, toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains was pure serenity of rice grass, sand and sky. Thanks for looking. G

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Juvenile Golden Eagle And Sandhill Cranes

Juvenile Golden Eagle at the Monte Vista NWR, flew through and “dive bombed” numerous groups of Sandhill Cranes, talons and beak flashing, causing a continuous uproar and frenzied lift offs of the cranes. The eagle failed miserably at taking any prey but it was a sight to behold at how much fear they can instill in their quarry. Thanks for looking. G

Juvenile Golden Eagle and Sandhill Cranes

Alamosa Railyards, Colorado

Ghostly drapes on the “Minnesota Zephyr, Stillwater Carriage” in the Alamosa Railyards, Colorado. It is eerie to walk between the carriages and see the remnants from a bygone era. I can imagine the travelers on the train looking out the windows as the scenery went by, their eyes full of wonder, where ever they were heading. Here are more details on the train from Wikipedia. Thanks for looking. G

Alamosa Railyards, Colorado

The Red Barn Waiting Out Winter, Colorado

The ‘Red Barn’ waiting out winter, in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Ok, back to winter. This barn is a favorite location. It’s deteriorating and I’ll miss it when it’s gone. For now, until that moment, I’ll visit as often as I can. So much of the old and authentic is vanishing. I feel this barn is a reminder and metaphor of a life well lived, until the last piece of siding and roof is carried off in a wild winter wind, the wildlife moves on to other shelter, and the studs and joists, the bones of the old barn, lay down and finally succumb to the elements. For what it’s worth, as much as I’ll miss this place, it thrills me, in such a way, that I relish the thought of a life well lived, weather beaten and worn out and fulfilled to the end. Thanks as always for looking. G

The Red Barn Waiting Out Winter, Colorado

Red Barn


Rocks, San Luis Valley Lake, Colorado

Rocks, San Luis Valley Lake, Colorado. This is the view looking over my shoulder, in the other direction, north from yesterdays image. Standing here in the middle of winter’s solitude I cant help but remember that in the mist back there is the Blanca Peak range of 14,000 foot mountains of the southern Rockies. Check out this image from October, 2017. Thanks for looking. G

San Luis valley lake rocks

San Luis Valley, Winter Lake

San Luis Valley winter lake, Colorado. When the weather gets bad and blizzards are imminent, it’s time to get into the truck and head out. When we woke this morning and saw the snow and the forecast for the rest of the day, we wasted no time in loading up the gear and heading out … north. We ran into numerous blizzard conditions and loved every minute of the day. That white spot on the top left is the sun almost breaking through the clouds… and then it was gone. When we got home, and with a glass of whiskey in hand, the San Cristobal Valley melted under a glowing sunset, through the falling snow. Thanks for looking. G

San Luis Valley Lake

San Luis Valley Winter Lake 8532-8536


Stone House, San Luis Valley, Colorado

Stone house in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. I spent some time here last week, down below the house, at the fence line exploring distant views of the stone house on the ridge line. Returning uphill to the car I found this juxtaposition, the barbwire boundary of the property nicely completing the scene. As always, when I’m out in this country, I can’t help but think of the former residents as I wander among ghosts from the past. I feel a deep respect as I walk lightly around the property and ponder for a moment, in reverence, the lives of those who’ve walked this way before me. Thanks for looking. G

Stone House San Luis Valley

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado. It’s morning in the wildlife refuge as the fog lifts over the cat-tails on the banks of the marshes, slowly dissipating, to reveal the sanctuary islands beyond. The waterfowl are going through their morning ablutions, primping and preening as the sun warms up the air and the day begins. Thanks for looking. G

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge