Classic Colorado on display a few days ago along the Sneffels Range! . I didn't realize it until later that night that while I was hanging out here and shooting photos my legs got absolutely annihilated by gnats! Hundreds of bites, so itchy that I've literally had troubles sleeping for the last two nights. It's the dark side of paradise! . #gnatlife
Lupines and the Sneffels Range a couple weeks ago.
A cosmic 4th of July fireworks show in Ouray, Colorado last night. I always love watching the fireworks here, listening to the booms echoing through the mountains! . #ouray #ouraycolorado #sanjuanmountains #fireworks #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #colorado #coloradophotography #coloradolove
A stately ponderosa pine overlooks the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.
Sunset deep in the Great Sand Dunes a few days ago.
Skiing in June! It's been a fun spring and there's still lots of snow, but I think I may call it quits for the season. Maybe. 🤔🤷♂️
Starlight on the summit of Mount Sneffels. This is how I party all night long! 🤩 . . #mountsneffels #sanjuanmountains #colorado #coloradolove #co14ers #14ersofcolorado #nightphotography #night_shooterz #nightphotography_exclusive #supreme_nightshots #milkywaychasers #timeless_universe
Fresh May snow on Mount Abrams over the Ouray valley yesterday.
Light in the dark.
Moonset, Milky Way, and Jupiter over the Sneffels Range. Of course the camera sees more than our eyes at night... the moonlight was hardly visible in person.
Sunrise over the Grenadiers. May. 187% snowpack, woohoo!
In this Instagram era it’s becoming more and more difficult to deny that our photography might actually bring harm to the special natural places that we are intending to celebrate. Whether it’s due to our own careless actions in pursuit of the shot, or publicizing previously quiet and pristine places to the masses, nature photography has unfortunately become a potential nemesis of untrammeled nature rather than an ally of nature as it has traditionally been assumed. I’ve always thought it’s a good thing when my photography inspires people to get outside and enjoy nature, but if even a small portion of those people behave disrespectfully when they’re out there, then it may all be a net loss for the natural lands I wish to preserve. In an effort to combat this trend, some fellow photographers and I have gotten together during the last year to form an alliance of photographers devoted to a more careful and mindful approach to nature photography which prioritizes the long term well being of nature over the short term desires of photography. The group we created is called the Nature First Photography Alliance. We have drafted a set of 7 principles which we all pledge to follow and promote. As nature photographers it is our responsibility not just to create beautiful images but to act as ambassadors for the lands we photograph. From our positions as active photographers we hope to leverage our networks of friends, followers, and associates to spread the word and hopefully turn this into a popular positive movement that spreads out into the broader culture. If you are a photographer reading this, I invite you to read more about the movement at www.NatureFirstPhotography.org and to join us as a fellow member on the website. Even if you’re not a photographer I would encourage you to take a look and consider how you too can help to promote a more mindful approach to outdoor recreation. #naturefirst
Orange sherbet in the desert.