A National Park all to Ourserlves

Traveling on the north side of 60 … It was about fourteen months ago that I watched  YouTube videos of photographer Thomas Heaton and friends describing their trip to the Canadian Rockies for winter photography.  Thomas’s enthusiasm is infectious and I longed to visit some…

This is a bit of a bait-and-switch because I will talk more about wildlife than barns.   Our recent obsession has been trying to capture the image of a fox leaping in the air to pounce on prey hidden in the sagebrush and deep snow.  All…

Our January ramblings in Grand Teton National Park have been somewhat limited because many of the roads are closed for winter.   We wondered before we came if there would be enough to occupy our time for the 10 days that we would be here, but…

There was a bit of dread in my mid-south self about rolling out of bed on this mid-January day into the 10-degree cold.  We were going to try for some sunrise shots of the Tetons and a guide would meet us at our bed and…

The Majestic B&B in Leadville, Colorado has now taken first place as the “Most Cozy” stay we have ever experienced. I won’t catalog the other great experiences we’ve had, but this one took me quite by surprise. I confess that I associated the name “Leadville”…

  In anticipation of this trip, I suffered high anxiety about driving around the high mountains of Colorado in the dead of winter, but after watching the weather report, I breathed a sigh of relief and figured we had escaped any difficulties. — But the…

Our introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park was one of a snowstorm. When we got here on Friday, the gates to the park were open, so we figured it was safe enough to head up the mountain. However, the ranger we spoke with the next…

A January sunrise with the eastern light behind us – illuminating Mount Chapin in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Over the next few days, I hope to unpack the good reasons for the very long hiatus from blogging.  But for the time being, I’ll pretend that I have been here all along and I’ll just jump into the story of our winter trip to…

Here at 51.5 degrees north latitude,  on this day of the year, the sun rises at 8:06 am and sets at 4:00 pm.  By 2:30 in the afternoon, you can already sense the sun beginning its low-angle wane into the golden hour. I read that…