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The Naked Life of Trees

Every year I feel a sense of wonder and dread upon the end of summer and the inevitable arrival of winter in Colorado. But what I do really look forward to is hearing the trees’ stories. They have shed most of their ‘outerwear’ and have exposed themselves (and nests!) to whomever will have a look. Like clouds and people, all their branches have individual personalities. I always wonder what they would say if they could speak my language. Since they don’t, I try to listen to theirs…
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Euphoria at 9,000 feet…

One of my oldest and dearest friends spends her summers at 9 thousand feet, (sort of ) near Guffey, Colorado.  That would be about 2 hours west of Colorado Springs. In one day we had sun, wind, clouds, torrential rain, hail, sleet, snow, cold.

I love this place.  It speaks to me through the clouds, native gramma grasses, the trees that grow so strong at this altitude. In the natural world, the strongest survive here.   Bye for now, friend.


Blackened Earth: Beauty in the Burn

Southern Wyoming also had its share of wildfires this summer…

I went up there a few weeks after the burn to see the land of some friends who almost lost their home to one of the wildfires…adobe walls, a metal roof, rocky landscaping and a LOT of dedicated firefiighters were able to save it!  I didn’t photograph the house, but instead investigated the land surrounding it.


One spring morning

I drove like mad to make it to the sunrise, hah!  That’s impossible, oh right.  So I stopped to take a photo with my iPhone and it simply wouldn’t focus.  Turns out, I like it this way.  This will be utilized for later photo composites…

Moving right along, I liked the way this golden sunrise lit up the grasses…

I then stopped at the St. Vrain Greenway for a brisk walk, checking out the trees especially…everything is about ready to pop with new life. (All photos taken with iPhone 4s)


Where in the World is Ordos?

This is the third installment of my Inner Mongolia, China, one-year retrospective continued…

Bellboys admiring the view! Click on image to see location on Google Earth

Early morning view...minus 20 degrees outside

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One Year Later…Inner Mongolia

In October, 2010, I attended the Atlanta Portfolio Review (http://acpinfo.org/) and met with two Chinese curators, a Miss Yan Li and Mr. Cai Huan-song.  A week later I was formally invited to visit Inner Mongolia, China, along with about 11 other American photographers.  We were invited to attend the inaugural exhibition and photo festival of the Xiang Sha Wan Art Show.

I arrived on December 29th, 2011 and returned home on January 6, 2012.  Our experiences in Inner Mongolia were very memorable.  The Americans bonded and we met so many outstanding Chinese photographers during our time there.  Xiang Sha Wan is the “Sand Bay” of the Gobi Desert, meaning it is on the far eastern edge of the desert.  It is a destination location for Chinese families on holiday, usually in spring, summer, and fall.  Alas, we were there in the dead of winter…

In honor of my first anniversary, I am posting a series of photographs taken in China, mostly in Baotou and Erdos, and the desert.  There are definitely some common threads seen throughout the imagery, energy consumption being an obvious theme.

I will continue to post photos from China in the coming days so stay tuned…I will definitely post more upbeat images next time!

The above image was the first place winner in the “Earth Through a Lens” photography competition .  If you are interested, the call is now open for this year’s exhibition, closing date January 21!

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