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Feed Me

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Williams Feed building
Dillon, Montana — October 2016
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Walking around a new town in the late afternoon is a great way to check out new sights and experiences.  We checked into a nearby motel in Dillon, Montana, after a long day of driving and proceeded to get out and stretch our legs — resulting in this image.

For some reason, Cindy was adamant about getting something to eat right after visiting this spot.

Desolate Island

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The rocks in Ennis Lake
Ennis, Montana — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Looks worth exploring.

The Call Of The Mountains

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Looking toward Mt. Calowahcan
Kicking Horse, Montana — October 2016
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

Cindy and I can only go for a few short months before we begin getting a hunger to see the big peaks and long ranges of the mountains in the American West.  Which are our favorites?  Dunno, as they all have their appeal and charm, and we’ve seen a bunch over the years.

Endangered Vista Near Chaco Canyon

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Buttes near Chaco Canyon
Whitehorse, New Mexico — November 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 + 24-60mm

If you have any interest at all in the incomparable vistas of the American West, there are some real beauties near Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.

Fracking locations near Chaco Canyon
April 2018
Image credit: Sierra Club

Sweeping… vast… open… empty…

For all who crave the big skies and vast emptiness that the West can offer — this region offers flat-out stupendous panoramas that appear to be utterly devoid of human activity.

But I don’t know how long they will remain that way, as the current administration seems hell-bent on destroying the Federal protections to the region and handing everything over to oil and gas firms.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the following map of all the fracking operations that have already begun to encroach most of the northern and eastern sides of Chaco Canyon.

When we last visited Chaco Canyon nearly a decade ago, there were a few solitary oil rigs visibly dotting the landscape every now and then while we drove for hours through the area… but nothing like the density of the fracking operations that exist now.

Some articles to read for further details can be found here and here.

Enjoying Life With My Dearly Beloved

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Cindy in the Wind River Range
Green River Lakes, Wyoming — October 2017
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

For nearly 30-years now, Cindy has always been a constant companion to me — through thick and thin, good times and bad — she is my muse and my rock.  She always thinks the best of people and has a positive outlook on life; we share the same sense of humor (everything from corny dad jokes to dark biting commentary); we have many of the same interests, but approach them from different directions — in short, she is the yin to my yang and vice versa.

We don’t go camping as much as we used to, and this past year in particular we were missing desperately needed nature fixes while I’ve been dealing with a lot of medical issues.  However, we did get to see the Green River Lakes region of the Wind River Range in Wyoming last fall, and we were able to enjoy a hike while an early snow was gently drifting down around us — a slice of heaven for our kindred souls.

Here’s to many more such outings in the great outdoors!

In The Shadow Of Mammoth

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Twin Lakes
Mammoth Lakes, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Rotted Interior

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Abandoned cabin interior
Bodie, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 color processing

Deep In The San Juan Mountains

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

We very much miss seeing this view, which was taken from the upper-end of our property near Silverton, Colorado.  We bought the seven acre mining plot on a lark, hoping to build a cozy cabin on it later… but that was not meant to be. Continue Reading →