Fall Colors Photo Excursion

My roommate, Sam, yells through the door, “Scott, a buddy of mine and I are going to try to find a ghost town. Do you want to go?” Eh, why not.

We drove around the mountains of the front range, not really finding a ghost town, then we decided to just drive to the 4th of July Trailhead. The fall colors are going off right now. We didn’t actually make it to the trailhead, so we just stopped and decided to explore the woods.

I had my Sony A6000 with the 18-105 F/4 with Optical Steady Shot (Image Stabilization) and I just hand held these shots at 1/15th to get the blurred water shots. IS is pretty amazing. I had my tripod in the car, but that was soo far away.

Happy Fall everyone!

Photo-A-Day 5: Durango

So I might skip weekends. This is work.

This weekend I went on a much needed adventure to Durango, CO. I’ve been feeling stuck in Boulder for a while and needed to get out. It’s a six and half hour drive to Durango, and it’s a shame it’s not closer. It was beautiful. I slept in my car at the Hermosa Creek Trailhead (Free Camping!) and when I came down the road in the morning I saw this:

It’s looking down the valley towards Durango. The leaves are in full fall colors. It was spectacular.

I spent the weekend with Chris Schulte, shooting some bouldering and mountain biking. I hadn’t done any downhill mountain biking for over year. It was good to get out again. Another thing that I would love to get into more…but it’s one.more.thing.

It was a great weekend. 

The Flood in Four Mile Canyon

Boulder County received its entire year’s share of water over a week period early in September. The damage the flash flooding caused was devastating for too many people. The typically small creek that runs along Four Mile Canyon rose up and destroyed houses, bridges, cars, and added to Boulder Creek, which flooded much of the City of Boulder. Last week Boulder Canyon Road was finally opened and I went up with a friend to see some of the damage to her house and the road. 

This bridge was hardly damaged compared to many of the bridges along this creek, including most of my friend’s neighbors’. But massive amounts of water and debris pounded this bridge during the storms. It used to be straight.

We drove up the road to check out more of the damage and see where the road had been completely washed away and saw this scene. I talked with the neighbor who was using the stones in the creek to rebuild his driveway. The guy that owns these classic cars, his yard used to run pretty much to the sandbar you see on the right. That sandbar used to be where the creek ran. The flood deposited so much debris it redirected the creek through the guy’s yard and took the land right out from under the cars.

This classic truck sits wrecked by the flood just a quarter mile down the road from the other vehicles. The flood carried it all that way inflicting a massive amount of damage. As you can see.

There’s a lot worse damage in places such as Jamestown. This was just barely scratching the surface. It’s amazing how fast and with how much force the water came racing down these canyons. Hopefully, it will be another 100 years before we get another like it. 

Photograph featured in Summer 2013 Men’s Journal Issue!

I got a text from my friend Broderick yesterday morning. “Men’s Journal? nice work!”

I was very confused. I’ve never submitted anything to Men’s Journal. Then I took a look at my Tandem Stock site. There were a couple of pending payments. I wrote to Tandem and they said, indeed Men’s Journal had purchased this image for use. I went to the store and picked up the magazine. There it was, Page 11! It’s a nice spread. I’m psyched to have my shot in such a high profile magazine, but it would have been nice to know that was happening.

 Thanks to Broderick for going shooting with me a couple of years ago.