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Then and Now: Alberta Falls

Then and Now: Alberta Falls

This summer I spent a morning in Rocky Mountain National Park and made my way to Alberta Falls. This is one of the most popular hikes in the park – a well-built trail, only about a mile, and a great payoff at the end. In part due to that popularity, I hadn’t been to the falls in some time, or just briefly looked that direction while heading further down the trail.

On this particular day, I decided to stop and take some photos. It was early, I had time to spare, and the crowds had yet to arrive.

The photos I got were some of my favorite from the day. And while editing, I got to wondering when I actually last photographed here. So, through the archives I went, and, to my surprise, it had been 17 years since I last photographed Alberta Falls. Thousands of photos in RMNP since and not one of Alberta. No wonder it was so fun to photograph again.

Packing with Llamas

Packing with Llamas

I don’t know when I really fell in love with southwest Colorado, but for as long as I can remember it’s been my favorite area of the state. The peaks are a  little more rugged. The foliage is a little greener. And the views are a little more rewarding.

Southwest Colorado from the Colorado Trail

And while I get to call this state home, the southwest is just far enough away to prevent regular escapes from Denver. One silver lining of the pandemic, however, was that we had more time for in-state travel and recreation this year.

So, in the summer of 2020, we set out for a long weekend in the Weminuche Wilderness, located in the San Juan Mountains and surrounded by the towns of Silverton, Durango, and Pagosa Springs.

Black and White

Black and White

A few more from our now, not-so-recent road trip (see posts 1 & 2). I processed more photos as black and white than I normally do, and some some turned out to be among my favorites from this trip.

The Deep South

The Deep South

Part 2 of our spring road trip we took through the south (see Part 1 here). After departing Texas, we continued through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and up to Tennessee before turning back for Colorado via Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Biloxi Lighthouse.

One of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South, erected in 1848. Still lit, though, I believe, hasn’t been in official use in over a half-century now.

Big Bend National Park & West Texas

Big Bend National Park & West Texas

This is Part 1 of a road trip we took through the south last spring. With international borders still largely closed, and vaccine rollout having only just begun, we thought a road trip was in order. In all, we passed through eight states over two weeks on our loop through the south.

The trip brought us to states we hadn’t visited, cities we knew little about, and endless scenery (or it felt endless at times with 4k miles of driving). Spring ended up being a perfect time for such a trip, not only for the cooler weather, but the green fields and plentiful wildflowers. 

Bison.