'It is Far to EVERYTHING, except Nature'
Maybe 20 minutes ago I read a letter that Gunvor had written to my mother. It is about the famed cookies that I had brought up to their cabin in Colorado. She thanked my mother for the highly valued recipe and further on was a line she had shared about the remote location of the cabin. She shared, 'It is far to EVERYTHING, except Nature'. Agreed.
This escape to the rugged majesty that is Southern Colorado was furnished by an invite from Eric (who is training me in photography) and the family cabin, situated high above Fort Garland. Away from civilization, and close to things that wander the hills.
The 12 hour drive would take a little bit longer as we stalked the many elusive photo ops along the back roads of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. En route we would take the back roads of New Mexico, with an introduction to Pronghorn Antelope, and into the grandeur of El Malpais National Monument where we would encounter a few roaming elk. They would continue their roaming ways until they connected with a herd of maybe 50. Too far for even my 300mm lens, but a good sign for the trip.
When we first saw the Bison in Colorado it was devouring grass behind a fence. Only thing was that the fence had major gaps in it. As he/she began to wander outside of the barbed wire it opened up a unique opportunity to photo and film a bison that was free to roam and spend some time near us.
1 of 3 videos I posted on my youtube channel with the Bison.
Having just worked the Race Across America in the Media 1 vehicle I was stoked to come back to what is probably my favorite area of the course. The stunning section of Hwy 12 between La Vita and Cuchara, CO is hands down, cool and beautiful. Unfortunately, no wildlife, but always enjoy capturing our colorful, metal rooster.
We were fortunate enough to come across a herd of 150-200 elk. It took roughly 20 minutes for the herd to cross this area.
I wanted to include some shots of the incredible Great Sand Dunes National Park (near Alamosa, CO).
The Rio Grande Gorge near Taos provided us with tremendous views and bighorn sheep right next to the bridge.
Shortly after returning, I came across a bobcat family of 4 near my parents house. This was the straggler of the family, as he ran down the wall to catch up with the rest of the clan.