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Atelier Aquarell & Fotografie

Tag Archives: American West

Late Afternoon Among The Hoodoos

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Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah — November 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

After The Tourons Have Left

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Buildings on Greene Street
Silverton, Colorado — December 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Blowing Snow In The San Juans

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Looking toward the headwaters of Cement Creek
Silverton, Colorado — July 2018
Watercolor on 4″x 6″ paper

One of the things I like about art is that it can be done anytime, anywhere.  Below is the original photo I shot of our old property in Colorado over a decade ago, and I used it as the basis for the above watercolor painting last weekend.

When I was a teenager doing art, this watercolor would have driven me mad — as it doesn’t look exactly like the photograph, it’s not realistic enough.  And now?  Now I love being able to selectively edit an image and paint it however I wish.

Looking toward Tower Mountain
Silverton, Colorado — June 2007
Fujifilm FinePix F31fd + 36-108mm

“Little Joe” In Montana

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Milwaukee Road E70 electric locomotive
Deer Lodge, Montana — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

If you’re a train buff, here’s a treat — a “Little Joe” electric locomotive on static display in beautiful downtown Deer Lodge, Montana.  There were only 20 of these ever built, so they’re tough to find.  Wikipedia has an excellent page on them here.

Coming Down From 11,800 Feet

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The road down from Ophir Pass
Ophir, Colorado — July 2004
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

The Road Ahead

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Highway 95
Southeast Utah — November 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

Sailing Stones At Another Racetrack

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Moving rocks
Death Valley, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

One of the things I most eagerly wanted to see during our trip to Death Valley were the sailing stones at the Racetrack Playa, having learned about them many decades ago when I was attending design school.  However, a month or so before we went out to explore that vast area with my dad and sister, vandals struck the Racetrack and created 10-miles of ruts in the delicate dry lake bed — ruts that have ruined the experience for others of seeing the sailing stones for at least years, if not decades.  You can read all about the horror story of the initial vandalism here, here, and here; a follow-up one-year later where the damage had begun to fade somewhat here; and a variety of other images of the damage that was caused here. Continue Reading →

That’ll Last For Centuries

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Signs of clear cutting along the Cabin Trail
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes