Colorado Photo Gallery

This is the lake at the festival for art in the garden in Pagosa Springs Colorado

Art in the garden lake

As at all Art in the garden festivals in Pagosa Springs Colorado have views with wild flowers and mountains.

Art in the garden barn

This colorful hot air balloon has just touched the lake and is beginning to rise again.

Touchdown on Village Lake

One of many streams flowing down from the Rocky Mountain in Colorado.

Creaste Bute Stream

A fox looks the other way tring to get the the Canadian geese to come on the shore and the geese are daring the fox to come in the water.

Fox and Geese

Colorado is know for it's mountain lakes and wild flowers

Clear Lake above Siiverton

This Basin is at about 12,000 ft and is typical of Colorado Rocky mountains.

American Basin flowers

American Basin at 23,000 feet and was created by a glacier and is filled with Colorado state flowers.  This day the clouds add to the art.

American Basin Clouds

One of the many little creeks in the Rocky mountains

Archuleta Creek

The fall in southwest Colorado is always colorful as shown in the photo.

Fall Trail

Two buck deer in my backyard looking at me as I shoot them.

Back yard Deer

I took this photo of the lakes in Pagosa Spring Colorado while on a balloon ride.

Archuleta Balloon Ride

This is a HDR image of the hot air balloon preparations at Pagosa Springs color-fest.

Hot Air Balloon prep

This is a shot of the hot air balloons as the take off.  It was shot as three shots and combined in Photo Shop to make this HDR photo.

HDR Balloons

I took this photo of two big horn sheep in the wild Colorado rocky mountains as they try to repopulate the sheep in area.

Pair of Big Horn Sheep

This is photo of the small herd of big horn sheep taken in the fall in the mountains of Colorado.

Herd of Big Horn Sheep

A lonely bird sits on this irrigation wheel at sundown.

Bird at sundown

A single  Fritillary Butterfly sits on top of a flower.

Fritillary Butterfly

One of the many places to pitch your tent and enjoy the Colorado mountians.

Colorado camp site

This is one of many historical barns and other artifices from the 1800 in Colorado.

Colorado historical barn

A little spring snow fed streams with the wildflowers as I was crossing over Cinnamon pass between Lake City and Silverton Colorado.

Cinnamon Stream

Clear lake near Silverton Colorado at 12,000 feet is a glacier formed lake with the early sunlight giving them a warm glow. Notice the wildflowers.

Clear Lake

This is a one lane road up to Clear Lake with wildflower fire-weed lining the side of a 2,000 drop. Another wounder view of the Colorado Mountains.

Clear Lake Road

Clear lake near Silverton Colorado surrounded my the summer mountain wildflowers at 12,000 feet a this  glacier formed lake shot.

Wildflower at Clear Lake

This is a one lane road (12 foot wide) up to Clear Lake looking out the side of a 2,000 drop. Another wounder view of the Colorado Mountains.

Clear Lake Road Paorama

Fall color in Colorado


This is a three year old boy downhill skiing at Wolf Creek Sky area in Colorado.

Young Skier

Yes the colors are great in the fall in Colorado as I travel up this two lane dirt road in the mountains.

Colorado Fall Road

It is had to get the three Fritillary Butterflyies sits on top of a sunflowers but when it happens it is great.

The Dance

This is Deer Lake up int the Colorado Rockey Mountain in the fall.

Deer Lake

This is just one fabulous scene at El Rancho Pinoso, sight of the 2009 Art in the Garden Festival.

El Rancho Pinoso

This is just one fabulous scene at El Rancho Pinoso, sight of the 2009 Art in the Garden Festival,

El Rancho Pinoso Panorama

This is California Pass which is at 13,000 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  It is between Silverton and Ouray Colorado

California Pass

This is a glacier made lake well above tree line.  The color of this lake is so wonderful you have to see for yourself.

Lake Como Colorado

I not sure what the name is but I do like the looks of it.

Fall Flower in Colorado

This yellow flower was found in the spring in the high mountains of Colorado. The mountain in the backgournd is mMount Del Norte.

Yellow flower

After the fishing tournament the foxes come to cleanup the lake after the fisherman.  This was shot from my back porch at dusk

Lake Fox Pair

We found this fog on a hike along the San Juan River in southwest Colorado.

Frog in the Hand

This Rufous hummingbird spent most of the summer guarding the bird feeder. I shot this thru the office window in Pagosa Springs Colorado.

Rofous Himmingbird

Clear lake near Silverton Colorado at 12,000 feet is a glacier formed lake with this great mountain background and wildflowers in the foreground.

Wildflowers at Glacier made lake

Yes there was a rainbow over us here in Colorado.

Rainbow over our home

 There was two pots of golds at our home in Pagosa Springs Colorado as shown in this photo.

Double Rainbows

I took this on a four wheel drive road above Creed Colorado. Yes that is my jeep blocking the road but is was wide enough for two cars to pass.

Creed 4by4 Fall Road

This an HDR photo of a walkway between the bunk house and the mill at a mine near Silverton Colorado. An avalanche had twisted the walkway into this neat image. This was was taken as 3 RAW images and combined in Photoshop to create this HDR image


The fall of the year there is always a lot of color in the San Juan National Forest as shown in this photo

San Juan Road 987 Lake

This picturistic little lake is on National Forest Service road 987 and appears not to have a name.

Forest Service RD 987 Lake

A three year old give you a gift of wildflowers.

A Gift For You

This is a picture one of Park Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National park.

Mesa Verde Panorama

Super moon lights up the sky in the mountains east of Pagosa Springs Colorado. Wish you were here to see it.

Super Moon

This sunrise was shot in Colorado Springs with the hoodoos in the foreground.

Hoodoos Sunrise

This falls is between Creede Colorado and Lake City Colorado. I used a long time exposure to create this photo.

North Clear Creek Falls

This beautiful little waterfalls appears out of no where.  If you do not see the signs pointing to it you will not even know it there.  (between Creede and Lake City Colorado)

North Clear Creek Falls Overview

These Yellow Water Lilies covered this beaver pond.  It was such a wonderful surprise as we drove this 4by4 Old Lime Creek road between Durango and Silverton Colorado.

Beaver Pond on Old Lime Creek Road

These Yellow Water Lilies were on this little Beaver pond along the four wheel drive road Old Lime Creek Road. This is between Durango and Silverton Colorado

Yellow Water Lilies

Ophir Pass is on a 4by4 road between the Million Dollar Highway (US550) and Ophir Colorado (near Telluride. The mountain views as you pass over the pass going west are incredible.

Ophir Pass

This photo was taken a night at the overlook as you come into Ouray Colorado from the south.  Notice the American Flag

Ouray Overlook

This old truck rest on a little mound near Animas Forks Colorado with wildflowers growing though it. What a wounder place for it to retire to, the mountain views and wildflowers are just on real.

Over Sixty

This is a little spring stream that I had lunch by while traveling the back roads on Mount Del Norte near South Fork Colorado.

Del Norte Stream

This sunset was taken out of my front yard in Pagosa Springs Colorado.

Front Yard Sunset

The owner claimed this was the oldest continuous operating store in Colorado. I shot this in RAW mode on my camera and then processed it as IR image.

Oldest Store in Colorado IR image

I took this photo not often seen view of Pagosa Peak near Pagosa Springs Colorado. This panorama photo was created with 12 different camera shots using PhotoShop.

Reflection of Pagosa Peak

This is a photo of Pagosa Peak near Pagosa Springs Colorado. I use three separate photos to create this HDR image.

Pagosa Peak HDR photo

This image was created using three different exposure setting on my camera then process them as a HDR image. The peak is the well know Pagosa Peak in Colorado.

Dramatic Sky over Pagosa Peak

Pagosa Peak in Pagosa Springs Colorado is wonderful any time of the year but in the winter it is even more so.

Pagosa Peak in the Winter

I took another Pagosa Springs Colorado Sunset.

Pagosa Sunset

I took this photo of the Dalis Divide which is near Telluride Colorado.

Dalis Divide

I took this photo of Piedra Falls as the river come down from the wilderness.

Piedra Falls Pagosa Springs

In Spanish Piedra means Stone so this waterfalls is not Piedra Falls but is Stone Fall.  This falls in located near Pagosa Springs Colorado

Stone Falls

The Red Fox Kits are have fun outside their den Pagosa Springs Colorado.

Ktis Play Time

This mountain gets it fabulous colors from the mineral deposits. One of many colorful mountain on the way from Silverton Colorado to Ouray Colorado.

Front View of Red Mountain

Go over corkscrew pass on a four wheel drive road you are provide this fabulous view of the backside of Red Mountain. Red Mountain is between Silverton and Ouray Colorado.

Panorama of the Backside Red Mountain

It does not happen very often but it does snow at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. This panorama photo was created using three separate photos.

Sand Dunes Panorama

You don't expect to find Sea Galls in Pagosa Springs Colorado but here they are on Village Lake in the spring

Sea Galls in Colorado

Silverton Cabin is located a few north of Silverton Colorado.  What more could you want than this little cabin with the wonderful waterfalls out your front porch.

Silverton Cabin

Silver Creek is one of many in creek that run in the spring in Colorado.

Silver Creek

Silver Falls is out east of Pagosa Springs Colorado on East Fork Road. You do have to wall about a 1/4 of mile to view this waterfalls.

Silver Falls

Sunrise over Village Lake was taken from my back deck in Pagosa Springs Colorado. This  HDR photo was three separate photo added together using Photoshop.

Sunrise over Village Lake HDR

This was a really cold morning (-10 F) that I look out to see this Hot Air Balloon. I hope the people in the balloon dressed warm enough.

Winter Hot Air Balloon

In southwest Colorado we have a lot of thunder storms and this is one that is just over at sunset.

Storm Leaving

This is just a wonderful little stream coming down the mountain near Ouray Colorado.

The Stream

This is a sunset at the resort Ponma Ranch just north of Pagosa Springs Colorado.

Ponma Ranch Sunset

The Trumpeter Swan spreads it wings for me across Village Lake.  The Swan are year around bird in Pagosa Springs Colorado.

Trumpeter Swan

This is just one of many little ATV trail in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado.

The Trail

I just one second late taking this photo. The little boy just turn around to look at someone call them. This photo was taken in Ouray Colorado.

The Window

It does snow in Colorado and I was out walking when I noticed this tree with it lights on.

Xmas Tree in the Winter

Sanhill Cranes migrate to New Mexico wintering grounds through Monte Vista, Colorado. This is one of three cranes coming for an evening landing after feeding all day.

Three Sanhill Cranes Flying

This is an IR image of a old train station near Antonito Colorado. I took this image as a RAW image and used Photoshop Camera RAW to post process it to IR.

Train Station IR

High up in the Rocky Mountain National Park I can across this wonderful view. I took three photo, each 2f stops apart and then combined them in Photoshop.

Rocky Mountain Pass

In southwest Colorado there so many wonderful views and fall colors always add to them. I took three RAW image 2 f stops apart and then used Photoshop to due the post processing them into this HDR image

Fall HDR Mountain

I had to take two photo of this old mine machinery because I need flash and could not get it all in one shot.  So I used Photoshop to combine them in a Panorama. This old mine is located north of Creede Colorado. How did they get all this equipment to this building?

Creede Mine Machinery

American Basin is at 12,000 feet and enjoys many wonderful wildflowers with a mountain background. This shot was taken on a 4by4 road between Lake City and Silverton Colorado.

Wildflower at American Basin

This little valley was shot while I was riding the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic railroad. This little scenic trip was between Chama New Mexico and Antonito Colorado.

The Valley

This cascading waterfall was found near Howardsville Colorado.  There were too many little waterfalls to count.

Cascading Waterfalls

This little waterfalls is at 11,500 feet on a four wheel drive road. You have to walk down on hiking trail about a 1/3 of a mile.  You had better we acclimated to the altitude before you to see this one.

Hike to the Waterfall

This wilderness lake in on a 4x4 road going up to Elwood Pass Colorado.

Wilderness Pond Colorado

In the spring in Colorado you will find many wildflowers but somehow the Wild Iris is special.

Wild Iris

Hot Air Balloon go from all over the country to fly at Pagosa Springs Colorado because of the great wind patterns in the morning. This balloon has just touched the lake and is lift off again.

Yellow Touchdown

Looking down from from Last Chance Mine onto the top of the silver mill. Yes this is almost straight down (1500 feet drop).

Silver Mill

At the balloon fiesta in Pagosa Springs Colorado you can expect clear skies but on this day we had clouds.  I took three photo to capture what I saw and combined them in Photoshop.

Balloon Fiesta Pagosa

I standing at the Amethyst Mine sliver mill and looking up at Last Chance Mine which is about 1500 feet above me.

Looking Up

Bachelor Loop north of Creede Colorado is famous for the old mines but as you can see it offers great views.  As you can see in this photo the fall color is also an attraction.

Fall at Bachelor Loop

A typical colorful view in Pagosa Springs Colorado driving down a dirt road in the fall.

Pagosa Fall Road

I took this photo one fall afternoon driving down a dirt road in Archuleta County Colorado.

Fall in Archuleta County

Fall on Colorado Back roads was taken just north of Pagosa Springs. Notice the snow covered mountains in the background in this photo

Fall on Colorado Back roads

This is not an IR photo but was marked so you could see the before and after coveting to an IR image. This is the color version of the Chapel of All Saints, San Luis, Colorado

Chapel of All Saints

This is an IR image of the Chapel of All Saints, San Luis, Colorado.  I first took a standard RAW photo (see the color version) and then processed it in Photoshop's Camera RAW tool.

Chapel of All Saints IR

If you get up early there is great sunrise almost every day. I could have taken thousands of photos.

Sunrise at Pagosa

I am not sure of what it is but sometimes you just need a touch of red to make your day.

At Touch of Red

After a fresh snow in Pagosa Springs Colorado this little was just refreshing.

Snow Stairs

When it get below zero in Pagosa Springs Colorado the hot springs give off steam that make walling around a mystic experience.

Winder Steam

As I was driving from Lake City Colorado toward Cinnamon Pass I found with wonderful colorful little waterfall.

No Name Waterfall

Spruce Tree House i just one of the many ruins at the Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado.

Spruce Tree House

When in Colorado during the spring you see a lot of migrating birds. Here are three male yellow head blackbird on by backyard dock.

Male Yellow Head Blackbirds

Up the Colorado Rocky Mountain there many basin filled with wildflowers in the early summer. This one is American Basin

High Country Basin

Clear Lake was a 5 hour drive from my home in Pagosa Springs Colorado. So what did I do to take this photo in bright noon sun? I shot it in RAW mode and post processed it into an IR photo.

Clear Lake IR

I was out on a 4 wheel drive road In Colorado when I came across this little pond with the great Yellow Water Lilies.

Water Lilies

I can never stop taking pictures of the fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fall Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park

After all after noon in Rocky Mountain National Park I came back to find a small herd of Elk in the parking lot of my motel. Here is one of the Bull Elk that was other side of a car from me yelling something at me.

Elk Yell

As I was driving down this dirt road in Colorado I stop to take this photo and I realized that I could not capture it with a single shot.  They is too much dynamic range so I shot three photos at 2f stop apart and combined them in Camera RAW

Fall Road Color HDR

Clear lake near Silverton Colorado at 12,000 feet is surrounded by wildflowers shot at mid day.

Cool Clear Lake

I took this photo of a small raft rafting on the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs Colorado. Notice that all the adults are have fun but the children look terrified

Adult Fun

Again I am not sure of what is the name of this flower but if you look at them you will see a small face in the flower.

Face Flower

After a 5 hour drive from my home I arrive at American Basin Colorado at noon and before the wildflowers have started to come up. So here is the IR photo I took at mid day.

American Basin IR

You can see Giant Red Paintbrush, the Blue Bells and the sunflower in the foreground this the mountains in the background.  I need get tired of going up to the basin and shooting wildflowers.

American Basin Wildflowers

Sometimes the these simple little flowers are just sow wonderful that I have to take a photo

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

Hiking thru the wilderness area in the San Juan National Forest, I just had to take this shot to remember the beauty.

Aspen Trail

Sitting on my dock feeding the curious swans come and eat out of the hand of my granddaughter.

Curious Three

Almost every photographer that has ridden this train has this photo but here is my photo

Durango Silverton Train

Chama New Mexico is home to Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.  Here is the train as it is returning to Chama.

Cumbres and Toltec Train

If you have every been up above tree line in the Colorado Rocky Mountains then you have seen these little Groundhog looking animals call a Marmot.

Marmot in Colorado Rocky Mountains

On the west side of the park I found this little stream leading to that mountain.

Fall Stream in Rocky Mountains

A black canyon rock formation

Black Canyon

the Gunnison river runs thru the Black Canyon National park

Gunnison River

four balloon light up the night sky at balloon fest in Pagosa Springs Colorado

Moon Glow

a bull Moose in a campsite (I was much too close to this one)

Bull Moose

the ruins at Chimney Rock National Monument

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock looking west at sunset

Chimney Rock at Sunset

white and lavender columbine grows in a high mountain basin

Colorado State Flower

a narrow road descends as we see the mountain peaks in the background

Colorado Mountain Road

a bull elk with a large rack in the fall

Elk Rack

the old buck deer know in the fall to come into town as we see here a big rack buck deer

Front Yard Buck

you always heard of the longhorns but here is a small herd

Longhorn Cows

Red Fox Mother watch me as I take pictures of the kits

Red Fox Mother

a Snowy Egret stands by a lake in Colorado with a little snow on the ground

Snowy Egret

Train Tracks close up

Train Track

Train Track with special effects of a IR Image

Train Track IR

a Trumpeter Swan Flying over a small just after it took off

Trumpeter Swan Flying

Wild turkey are common in Colorado as we see a small group of them

Wild Turkey

three pine trees covered with snow and decorated with lights at night

Christmas Card