January 1509

Freezing frost

For a couple of days this week our town was engulfed by freezing fog which covered everything in beautiful hoarfrost. 

This happens from time to time here but this event was particularly impressive. I went out before work to capture the scenes around town. 

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December 1431

Silverton redemption

My last couple of visits to Silverton Mountain have been during some bad snow conditions. It's still fun, but I'd always rather ski powder!

Last weekend a friend and I went to get a day in while it's still unguided season and we can do it cheaply and it was amazing!

They are only open on weekends and it had been snowy Christmas week. The snow was settled creamy powder on Saturday that we labeled hero snow. 

It was cold in the morning, below zero for sure but the skiing made up for frosty fingers and toes. Amazing day!

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I have done it once before but we didn't get helicopter rides this time around. There was so much fresh powder to ski we were pretty satisfied with lift and hike-served skiing.

Edited to add:

That last shot just won me a heli drop in Silverton Mountain's Instagram contest so I'll be back this season. Yeah!

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December 1415

Holiday cheer

Although I have mentioned in the past it can get to be too much, I have to admit I like a little holiday cheer when it's that time of year. The lights make for fun photography subjects and people get into a merry mood.

It's been a good holiday season for my photography so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite shots so far.

This was a big crowd for the Night of Lights celebration where Santa lit the tree from a bucket truck. 

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A world record for skiing and boarding Santas was made at Crested Butte

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The lights and giant tree in downtown Gunnison look even better in a snow storm!

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I let the Huffington Post use a photo of mine for a blog post with the theme "Totally worth it". I took this a couple of weeks ago on my way home from work. 

It's a pretty light post featuring ten photos that express the theme. Gunnison got a little bit of exposure too. I don't always agree to these freebies but this one seemed like it might be good for reaching a wider audience. Hopefully it will generate some interest or future business with HuffPo!

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October 1427

nOrionids

I had a very late night one night last week trying to get some photos of the Orionid meteor shower. I saw some great meteors streak across the sky but didn't manage to get any photos this time (darn!). 

While sitting out in this remote spot, listening to some Pink Floyd with my camera automatically collecting images of the night sky I decided to do a little light painting on this fantastic driftwood stump with my red headlamp. 

Then I used a program called ImageStacker to stack 150 20s images into one composite for this image. Kind of fun, I think!

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October 1422

Dramatic sunsets

The sunsets lately have been pretty impressive! I've also been busy with life in general so I feel pretty lucky I have been able to get out to shoot them regularly. 

Without much time to spare I keep hitting the same area, Tomichi Creek near W Mountain Ranch which is close, easy to access, and pretty scenic.

Here is what I am talking about:

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The big scenery favored a wide lens so my Pentax 15mm and Rokinon 8mm lenses were well suited. 

 

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I got out early this morning to check out the lunar eclipse. I always enjoy seeing these events and this one was no exception. My lovely wife Mary joined me for this one as well which made it extra-fun!

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I got my favorite model to do a little yoga for me

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Once the eclipse was done and the sun was rising I decided to stop by W Mountain Ranch since I was out and had all my gear. Nice sunrise this morning too!

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September 1421

Burn the Grump!

There were differences but also some similarities to the Whatever party and Vinotok. Both events had big crowds of people drinking and having fun, but Vinotok is a longstanding traditional fall festival in Crested Butte that feels a lot more organic. There were no obvious sponsors, beer wasn't free but of good quality, and the blue paint was still just left over from Whatever, USA. 

I haven't been to a Vinotok in quite a few years so it was fun to see it still so vibrant and well attended. The theme of the celebration is a kind of Pagen earthyness that culminates in the trial and burning of the Grump. The Grump is an effigy that represents negativity and bad luck so burning it in the fall is a way to let go of those things and move on to winter (and skiing of course). It's a great party!

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September 1409

Whatever!

The makers of Bud Light beer took over Crested Butte last weekend to throw a huge bash! It was to film a commercial and they flew 1000 contest winners for a weekend of free beer, big name music acts, and all kinds of side attractions. It was pretty wild but actually very well run. There was controversy about having it at all and then about how many locals can get in. I was one who got in and I have to say it was pretty fun. Not my typical scene but fun for a weekend.

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By Sunday I was over it (not a big Bud Light drinker, not a fan of crowds). A nice ride on Trail 401 with a good friend was a great transition back to our normal lives here.

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We got a nice day to have the WEBC which is a 134 Mile Gran Fondo road ride from Gunnison to Crested Butte the long way (through Paonia). 

It was chilly at first but looked like a good day to be on the bike for the most part. This route climbs Kebler Pass like the Pro Challenge did, but this time with much nicer conditions!

Nice job riders! I have a big gallery of photos available here.

Dave Wiens on his way to winning the race named for him. 

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Riders on Kebler Pass

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