Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Last Post

This is the end of Durango Daily Photo. Thanks for visiting!

*Edit December 28th, 2013: I've recently received a new camera and I'm thinking of starting this blog back up again on the 1st of the New Year. Stay tuned! 

It must be Spring

Yesterday, it seemed as though half of Arizona was drifting through the skies. Then today we wake to dirty snow. That's Colorado in April for you.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rio Los Piños

The Pine River as it flows near Bayfield, Colorado. Looks like it will be another low flow summer.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"L" is for The Leland House

"The Pittman Apartments, built in 1927 by Durangoan P.W. Pittman, were purchased from Leland and Lola Hill in 1993. The building was renamed The Leland House in honor of the Leland Hill family, who had owned the property since 1947. Each room in the Leland House is named after an historic Durango figure and the interior décor is accented with local memorabilia, biographies, and photos of these important figures. The builder, P.W. Pittman, was not forgotten; his name dons the large family suite located upstairs in the Leland House."

ABC Wednesday for April 3rd, 2013. Please visit http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/  to view more participants.

*Information on the Leland House taken from The Leland House & Rochester Hotel website.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"K" is for

  "K" is for K Feldspar, also known as potassium feldspar, which are the large white/pinkish crystals found in my sample of Syenite (http://www.sandatlas.org/2012/08/syenite/)

ABC Wednesday for March 27th, 2013. Please visit http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/  to view more participants.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Engineer Mountain

It has been a while since I have been able to get a good view of Engineer. I don't work too much in the winter season, so my opportunities to take pictures are minimal. Now it is starting to get busy again, so that means I will be able to get to more varied areas around Durango. I took this from an area just north of Hermosa. The summit of Engineer is about 20 miles northof where this picture was taken.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Little fish swim in the pond near my street. This post is dedicated to my friend, Clayton Holzinger. 1/1/1985 - 3/22/2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"J" for Juniper

 "J" For Juniper. In this case, the silvered remains of a Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma) stump.

"J" for Juniper...ABC Wednesday for March 19, 2013. To visit ABC Wednesday, please go to this link:


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

East 4th Avenue

Lifted sidewalk panels and the large trees responsible for the damage define this stretch of the street

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"I" for Intersection

Impatiently waiting to cross Main Avenue at College Drive.

"I" for Intersection...ABC Wednesday for March 13, 2013. To visit ABC Wednesday, please go to this link:  http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/2013/03/i-is-for-i-cant-songs.html

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Getting back into the flow of things.

Spring is springing. Days have been warm, nights not too cold. Water has commenced the annual migration from mountaintop to river system.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Emma Sweeny

The Emma Sweeny was the star of the 1950 movie A Ticket to Tomahawk. The Durango Railroad Historical Society acquired the model in August, 2011 from Amador County, California. Restoration is underway to revive the Emma Sweeny to her former Hollywood glory and interpretive signs about the history of the train and Durango's status as the "Hollywood of the Rockies" during the 1950s are on display at the Santa Rita Park in Durango.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


This is the water intake station for the Animas-La Plata Water Conservation Project. Water is taken out of the river at this location and pumped uphill towards the new Lake Nighthorse. The project was built to fulfill the water rights of two local Indian Tribes. For further reading on A-LP, visit the US Bureau of Reclamation website.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Three Durangos

This marker found in Santa Rita Park honors the two other cities of Durango

Friday, March 1, 2013

Sultan Mountain

Looking down the Mineral Creek valley to Sultan Mountain, which stands tall above Silverton, Colorado

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

"G" for Grip

The roots of this tree hold tightly to stones collected from the river.

"G" for Grip...ABC Wednesday for February 27, 2013. To visit ABC Wednesday, please go to this link:  http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 25, 2013


Just west of Baker's Bridge, One may view the contact between the Precambrian Baker's Bridge Granite and the overlying Upper Devonian Elbert Formation. The contact between these two rock types exhibits a gap of time known as an uncomformity which here represents 1.2 to 1.3 Billion years missing from the geological record of the area. During this lost time, it is believed there was no sediment deposition and erosion reigned supreme. Below is an annotated picture of the same outcrop.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Baker's Bridge

The first mining camp in the Animas Valley was built on the east side of the river at this site in 1860 and 1861 by a group of 100 people under the leadership of Charles Baker. They originally called this camp Animas City, and the log bridge that was built to span the river at this spot was called Baker's Bridge. At the time, there was only minute traces of placer gold to be found in the river and the camp was under constant threat from the Ute Indian tribes in the area. As news of the Civil War finally reached the camp, most of the people living here went east. A year after the settlement began, it had dissapeared. It wasn't until fifteen years had passed that the name Animas City was resurrected as a settlement on the northern end of present day Durango.  This location was also used in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was in the scene in which Butch and The Kid keep asking "Who are those guys?" and make a daring leap into the river from the granite cliffs.
 This photo show the view south of the bridge.

Here is the historical marker for the site

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


A limestone block found on the banks the Animas is full of fossilized crinoid parts. These creatures lived in a shallow sea in the area hundreds of million years ago. My foot is for scale