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Rocky Mountain Glaciers

“Rocky Mountain Glaciers”
Photo of the Week #44, selected in March, 2020

I was fortunate to have lived in Centennial State for a few years and was able to see some beautiful and extraordinary scenery, like the glaciers below, sitting high up in the Rocky Mountains. The orange on the cliffs is not rust but lichen, a composite organism that arises from algae. Lichen is long-lived, being considered one of the oldest forms of life on the planet.

Glacial geology can be seen nearly everywhere throughout the many ranges making up the Rocky Mountains. Ice is a powerful sculptor and large masses of moving ice are among its most powerful tools. While the glaciation periods are largely in the past, the Rockies still have several small glaciers.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-rocky-mountain-glaciersp_art?IMID=e58f5715-efc0-4035-b9cb-145f4ce944c5


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View Weeks 1-52 of my Photos of the Week as a slideshow:
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Glacial Ice

“Glacial Ice”
Photo of the Week #42, selected in February, 2020

There’s no shortage of iconic photo opportunities in Alaska, but I felt fortunate to click this pic for two reasons. First, climate change may do away with these massive Alaskan glaciers someday and there’s no guarantee that this won’t be sooner than later. Second, getting a shot like this with a long telephoto lens can be exceedingly difficult. I was about 200 yards away when I heard the eerie groan from deep within the glacier and was lucky enough to guess correctly as to where the ice would be falling. I can’t wait until we can return to the “Last Frontier.”

This photo was taken from our cruise ship in the Tarr Inlet, part of Glacier Bay, Alaska, while sitting near the Margerie Glacier. This glacier was declared a National Monument in 1925, a National Park and Preserve in 1980, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1986 and a World Heritage Site in 1992. In case you were wondering, the Margerie Glacier extends upstream for a length of 21 miles, is about 1 mile wide and is approximately 350′ tall at the sheer edge, 100′ of which is under water.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-glacial-icedsc_art?IMID=d236afa6-cbc4-4e0f-a00c-d2dc78e3c627

You can view this photo as artwork here:
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View Weeks 1-52 of my Photos of the Week as a slideshow:
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Early Winter in Clinton Gulch
Early Winter in Clinton Gulch

“Early Winter in Clinton Gulch”
Photo of the Week #33, selected in December, 2019

The reservoir behind the Clinton Gulch Dam near Copper Mountain and Breckenridge in Colorado has always been photogenic. Fortunately, I was never scared off by a few inches of snow in this part of the state and was eventually rewarded. I was astounded by this beautiful reflected image of the alpine backdrop of the Tenmile Range that includes Fletcher Mountain, Wheeler Mountain, Clinton Peak, and Bartlett Mountain, along with a nice layer of contrasting snow.

Easily accessed along the Top of the Rockies Byway (CO Highway 91), just 20 minutes northeast of Leadville, the reservoir is a very popular tourist stop. It’s mountain trail is about 2.5 miles round-trip and sits between 10,986′ and 11,125′ of elevation.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-early-winter-in-clinton-gulchdsc_art?IMID=4dbe880f-af7b-4257-9401-c7d55a1a74e6


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Waiting for a Friend
Waiting for a Friend

“Waiting for a Friend”
Photo of the Week #31, selected in December, 2019

This photo was taken in St. Elmo, a renovated ghost town in Central Colorado. Here, blue jays, chipmunks and other species seem to live in harmony, as this photo of a Steller’s jay sharing a snack with a chipmunk clearly demonstrates.

Founded in 1880, the former mining town lies in the heart of the Sawatch Mountain Range off Highway 285, around 20 miles from Buena Vista. It rests at an elevation of 9,961 feet and is definitely worth a visit

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-waiting-for-a-frienddsc_art?IMID=0ac76459-89a2-4cb6-ac2a-221a830616ab


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Remnants of a Glorious Past
Remnants of a Glorious Past

“Remnants of a Glorious Past”
Photo of the Week #29, selected in November, 2019

Bison once roamed well beyond the Midwest plains, millions having lived and fed on grasslands that ran from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico. They are even reported to have inhabited a tract that ran east to the Atlantic as far north as New York and as far south as Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. This small herd was found grazing in Wyoming, but it’s easy to imagine the bison’s glorious past.

Interestingly, according to Britannica.com, there are no buffalo in North America, only two types of bison. “Contrary to the song “Home on the Range,” buffalo do not roam in the American West. Instead, they are indigenous to South Asia (water buffalo) and Africa (Cape buffalo), while bison are found in North America and parts of Europe.”

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-remnants-of-a-glorious-pastp_art?IMID=168578eb-9947-4c2a-8c84-f1ec692bea1f


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An Icy Poudre River
An Icy Poudre River

“An Icy Poudre River”
Photo of the Week #27, selected in November, 2019

In the Northern Colorado Rockies runs a river through the famous, winding Poudre Canyon that stretches east from near the Continental Divide. This river truly has four seasons and is subject to widespread flooding in the spring, swift and calm rafting flows in the summer and fall, and frozen areas in the cold winter. This is my favorite photo of the “Cache la Poudre River” — I could stare at it for hours.

The Poudre (“poo-der” by locals) Canyon runs from Fort Collins, north of Denver, to Walden and North Park, approaching the Western Slope. It is a drive to remember, filled with narrow, rocky sections of the canyon and beautiful river scenes.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-an-icy-poudre-riverdsc_art?IMID=1dc39c4d-cd57-45d3-996f-7c281d038c48


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An Acorn Woodpecker Prepares for Breakfast
An Acorn Woodpecker Prepares for Breakfast

“An Acorn Woodpecker Prepares for Breakfast”
Photo of the Week #25, selected in November, 2019

Acorn Woodpeckers can be found throughout the Northern California and Oregon coast, so it was no surprise that there was a large family of them in our remote campground in Paicines, east of Monterey and Salinas, California. I saw them continually during our stay and was able to take a few photos of during my walks through the park. I particularly like this shot, taken just after the morning’s golden hour, as the sun highlights the woodpecker in the shadow of the tree branches.

Paicines is known for its vineyards and top-shelf wineries, nearby Pinnacles National Park and California condor viewing. Unfortunately, the summer after this photo was taken, wildfires decimated much of this part of California’s wine country. Because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to return to see how much the area was affected.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-an-acorn-woodpecker-prepares-for-breakfast_art?IMID=8abc35f1-d787-4501-99d3-d07c3d3e2790


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A Masterpiece Revealed
A Masterpiece Revealed

“A Masterpiece Revealed”
Photo of the Week #23, selected in October, 2019

Every once in a while, nature provides a combination of conditions that reveals something not often seen. In this case, the Midwest fog and high humidity early in the morning, a hard night’s work for a spider and my seldom-taken walk around the pond behind my house in Wichita, provided just that.

I especially like the small web nearby as another spider tried to take advantage of the open space left by the larger one.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-a-masterpiece-revealedp_art?IMID=30611213-9205-4f9f-8ba8-b4d7acec02c2


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Winter Sunset with Stump
Winter Sunset with Stump

“Winter Sunset with Stump”
Photo of the Week #15, selected in August, 2019

Another one of my favorite photos from Kansas, this pic was taken in winter at Cheney Reservoir in the central part of the state, the lake frozen over and a tree stump making a shadow in the sunset. Well played, Kansas. Well played.

Kansas will eventually frustrate local photographers, since there are only so many scenes of waving wheat and grassy plains one can shoot. However, with patience, opportunities like this are often presented if one is open and ready for them. In the few years I lived there, I went on several photo outings with the hope of coming across something interesting, even in the middle of winter. One this day, my optimism was rewarded.

Here’s my photo on Imagekind:
https://www.imagekind.com/-winter-sunset-with-stumpp_art?IMID=28947ff9-778f-45c9-993a-3cfdf723adda


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Wildflowers Loving Life
Wildflowers Loving Life

“Wildflowers Loving Life”
Photo of the Week #14, selected in August, 2019

Those who know me can assure you that I love birds and wildflowers, so much so that I have taken thousands of photos of both all over the country. These lupine flowers just seemed to be overjoyed to be alive and thriving in the California desert, despite their hardship, and this shot is a favorite among my wildflower photos. Lupines are relatives of the famous Texas bluebonnets.

I took this shot while hiking near our boondocking spot just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. It was surprising to see such color in the hot desert, adding to the feeling of delight when I came across the seemingly elated blossoms.

As always, please click on the link to view the clear, full-color image:
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