Whale in Alaska

Alaska - Whale Tail near Juneau

Getaway Monday

On the way back from a trip to Tracy Arm a group of whales came near the boat we were on and swam around us for a while. After the captain turned off the engine on the boat we watched one, two, three and more whales surface around us near the Tracy Arm bar on the way back to Juneau after a trip down the fjord to the Sawyer glaciers.

Under the Canopy at Union Station

Under the Canopy - Union Station Denver

Recent Work

There is much to photograph around Union Station in the lower downtown area of Denver. A couple of months ago I went there looking for something a little different to capture than I have in the past. As I walked around the columns on the far side got my attention and I quickly found an angle which would give an endless look of this columns which hold up the canopy at the newly remodeled train station.

Memorial Day 2015

Let us not forget what today is about, remembering those who served…

Memorial Day 2015 at Fort Logan National Cemetery

 

Summer in Juneau

Summer in Juneau Alaska

Getaway Monday

As you may have noticed the past year I have spent a good amount of time in Alaska and it was one year when I first arrived in Juneau. It really is a tale of two seasons in the state capitol of Alaska, with the summer cruise ship season now kicking off. The image for today was taken last summer and is just a typical day during the summer season in downtown. Numerous cruise ships in port and the float planes arriving from their tours of the area.

Mountains Outside Juneau

Mountains outside of Juneau, Alaska

The Getaway Monday image this week was taken during Thirty Days 2014. While looking for an image to take for the day, I headed out towards North Douglas and was awestruck by the mountains which appeared near Fritz Cove. Continuing down the road I waited until the island was in front of this peak and captured the image to use for that day of the project.

Denver from East High School

Denver from East High School

From the Archives

On a windy spring day I was able to head up to the clock tower of East High School, which is the oldest high school in Denver but not the oldest school building. The original East High School at 19th and Stout was demolished in 1925. The East High School building has a clock tower modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This tower sits 162 feet high and provides views of the Denver area from the location of the school near City Park. For this image I took some steps backs to include the lines and shadows entering the tower to provide a feel for the space in the building.

Denver from East High School 

Elitch Theater in Northwest Denver

Elitch Theater in Northwest Denver

Recent Work

This past weekend was the annual Doors Open Denver event. One of the places I visited during this event was Elitch Theater in northwest Denver. Built in 1890 it was the centerpiece of the first zoo west of Chicago. The theater served as the first and oldest summer stock venue in America from 1893 to the mid 1960’s. Over the years the area around the theater has changed from a zoo, to an amusement park and now a residential area.  Work is being done currently to restore the theater and great strides have been made since the amusement park closed in the early 90’s.  Some of the performers who have appeared at the theater include Cecil B. DeMille, Patty Duke, Grace Kelly, William Shatner and many more.

Sunset at Point Arago State Park

Sunset at Point Arago State Park

Getaway Monday

Upon arriving in North Bend, Oregon I headed out to explore the area just prior to sunset. I made my way to Point Arago State Park where the sun was starting to descend to the horizon on a February afternoon. Next to an overlook was a nice area of grass with some rolling areas which I used as a foreground for this image looking out towards the Pacific Ocean.

Top of the Dunes

Top of the San Dunes in Colorado

From the Archives

Located in southern Colorado the Great Sand Dunes are still slowing building as the wind blows sand and soil deposits from the Rio Grande and its tributaries. Even with the daily changes with the blowing wind the dunes remain familiar to most who visit. There are plenty of photographic opportunities in the dunes whether using black and white or color as your palette. For this photograph, it was the lines of the dunes and contrast of the blue sky which drew me to capture this image on an early morning in May 2008.

Prints: Top of the Dunes

Ocean in Bandon, Oregon

Face Rock in Bandon, Oregon - Ocean

Getaway Monday

While traveling along the Oregon coast I made my way to Bandon, Oregon during a low tide. Walking out on the sand I was along to get close to many of the rocks along the shore on a sunny February day. One perspective I like is to get the camera close to the water as in this image. Using a wide angle I let the camera get close to the incoming wave, without trying to get the camera or myself wet at all. With the morning light, I had Face Rock along the coast here as a backdrop and finding a spot on the beach which would put the rock where I wanted it in the image. While I was judging the incoming water with the camera a small group of people were finding it fun to watch me trying to get myself and the camera dry, which was successful on this day.