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CU vs USC Football 2017

USC defeated Colorado in football 38-24 at Folsom Field.  USC quarterback Sam Darnold looks like the real deal as he threw for over 300 yards and ran for a long touchdown.  

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Colorado Washington State Football 2016

Colorado football is back in the national spotlight for the first time in over a decade after defeating the Cougars 38-24 Saturday at Folsom Field.  I photographed the Colorado Washington State football game and it featured a number of big plays and a fair number of near misses  There had to be at least a half dozen overthrows or dropped passes on long throws.  But all in all it was an exciting game to cover.

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Doug McLeod Blues in the Schools

I once again had the pleasure of photographing Doug McLeod’s performance at the Carpenter Rec Center in Thornton Saturday night.  His concert was to benefit the Blues in the Schools program which promotes blues history and education in the Adams County school system.  McLeod is the 2016 Acoustic Blues performer of the year and his talent as a blues musician is undeniable.  But he is much more than just a musician.  McLeod’s warm sense of humor and expressive storytelling make his performances enjoyable even if you’re not a fan of the blues.  And it makes for some great photographs!

Many thanks to the Thornton Arts, Science & Humanities Council for sponsoring the event.

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Shrine Ridge Wildflowers

Shrine Ridge

I backpacked to the summit of Shrine Ridge near Vail, CO.  The wildflowers were bountiful again this year although not quite as good as last year.  Lupine and red paintbrush were the predominant varieties with some alpine sunflowers and others mixed in.  I camped near the top so I could do some night photography in the moonlight and catch sunrise on the ridge.  A thunderstorm hung around until after midnight so I had to wait a while before the moon came out.  I was rewarded with some fantastic photo ops when the moon finally emerged.  Although I could not see all the flowers, the meadow was filled with flowers.  Once the sun came up, I was amazed with the color and variety of flowers.

Trail directions

Shine Ridge is located at the summit of Vail Pass, 10 miles east of Vail.  Take the exit for the rest area at the summit and drive on the dirt road to the right for about 2.5 miles.  Park at the trail head (get there early because the lot fills quickly).  The trail begins by wandering through willow in a boggy area.  It climbs past a small pond and then climbs steeply past some meadows of paintbrush.  As you climb, you will cross a small creek.  Stay on the main trail at the 1 mile marker where it meets a spur trail leading from a mountain inn.  After about 1.25 miles, the trail flattens out briefly as you reach the base of the ridge.  Snow cornices linger here well into summer.  The trail veers right and climbs again steeply up to the ridge.  At the summit, veer right and explore the wildflower-filled meadow.  Views of the Holy Cross Wilderness open up to the west.

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Frozen Frost

We had a nice foggy morning yesterday which quickly cleared.  Frost was frozen to everything!  I quickly hopped in a car and headed to Boulder to do some photography.  I stopped at Sawmill Ponds on the eastern side of Boulder.  The area has a number of trails around small ponds.  Of particular interest was the abundance of dead grass and weeds with seed pods still on.  This made for great closeup photography.  Frozen frost provides some amazing subjects. The frost crystals were huge. Of course I had to work fast.  The conditions only lasted a couple of hours before the sun started to melt everything.

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