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:

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nature trail

This trail connects the Fort Lewis campus to the neighborhood around 8th St. and 8th Ave. It is really muddy in spots on account of all the snow melt.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's full of stars!

Whenever I look at a fresh snowy surface, I can't help thinking I am looking into a universe of full of stars

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shiny white mountains

The La Plata mountains shimmer in the early morning sunlight with a fresh blanket of snow

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Here comes the train

Only a few minutes after I took the photo for yesterday, the train rolled by

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Bridge

The only point in Durango where the Narrow Gauge crosses the Animas River

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

2013 Snowdown Parade of Lights

Snowdown is an annual tradition here in Durango. Since 1979, the People of Durango have held Winter's darkness at bay by throwing the biggest party this side of the Rockies..

I was disappointed by the performance of my camera at night and this was the only usable photo I was able to get