Friday, November 30, 2012


This window is like memory; a hazy reflection with some missing pieces

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Old Land Rover Collection

I thought it was pretty cool to see so many old Land Rovers in one spot, even though they are in a state of disrepair. I like the green one closest to the camera. What about you?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Vessel Rock

There's a hole in this stone. It comes as a result of differential erosion. There was originally a concretion within this rind of sandstone, but as it became exposed, the minerals within weathered out and left a void. I find lots of rocks like this in this particular layer of sediment known as the Point Lookout sandstone, which is part of the MesaVerde Group

Thursday, November 22, 2012

State of the Animas River

Every once in a while I like to take a picture of the Animas from this spot to compare with others taken from the same location. Click here and here to view older pictures of the river

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The La Platas up close

Most of the pictures I take of these mountains are long range. It's nice to get up close, to have the folds of rock and the lace of bare aspen branches close enough to touch

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rocks have Hearts

The same mineral that makes our blood red also bleeds from the sandstones of the Point Lookout formation.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Chevy Detail

This beautiful, cherry red Chevrolet pickup was in the parking lot at Town Plaza, in front of Oscar's Cafe. I had to stop and get a shot or two.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Glacial Scour

Looking North toward the heart of the San Juans. Highway 550 lies below the glacially scoured Hermosa Cliffs.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Red Mesa Sandstorm

I was able to capture this scene outside of our vehicle as we traveled between Durango and Las Vegas. It was very windy the whole way to Nevada and, in Northwest Arizona, the wind was stirring up a lot of dust. I took this picture out of the window as we were speeding past Red Mesa, AZ

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rainy fall day along the Animas River

Colors seem to be more vivid when everything is wet and clouds cover the sky. The Animas River Trail at Veteran's Park

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Rock that Sails

I'm finally back after a three day trip to Las Vegas. Overall, the trip was only worth the drive between Durango and there.  I didn't get an opportunity to get very many pictures from the road, but I still got a couple of good ones.

I took this picture of Shiprock from Hwy 160, right near the Four Corners Monument. It is very impressive how large it is and from how far away you can see it. I was 25 miles away, as the crow flies and the structure looked huge.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Rio Florida

I will be going on a vacation for the weekend, so posting will be suspended. I'll be back on Tuesday. Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vallecito Conglomerate

This lovely garden wall, which can be found at 3rd Ave. and 8th St. is mostly made of my favorite local rock type, the Vallecito Conglomerate. These stones originated from the Vallecito Creek Valley to the East and are dated to be around 1.7 Billion years old! As you can see, they are a mix of pebble-to-cobble sized stones of varying types. The Vallecito Conglomerate is only found around Vallecito and other areas around Durango and points downstream where it may have been washed to. Its beauty is supplemented by the knowledge of it's extreme age and the rocks become exquisitely bright when you pour some water on them. If you ever visit our corner of the World, see if you can recognize this beautiful rock type!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Seven Squared

The corner of 7th St. and 7th Ave. This is one of the obscure places in Durango.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Mule Deer

A small group of does had come this way and left their tracks in the dirt

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Floating Away

The very low Animas River carries fallen leaves and other flotsam downriver to eventually join with the San Juan River in New Mexico. The view south from the Main Ave bridge

Friday, November 2, 2012


Doesn't look so bad.

Engineer rises above Columbine Lake in Purgatory, north of Durango on Hwy 550.