Sunday, October 23, 2011
Yes, a one lane wooden bottom bridge. The dirt road to get here is through miles of open valley land in the San Luis Valley in Colorado. Once there, you will drive miles of open dirt road to get to "nowhere" on the other side. Surprisingly, there are cars that you do come across out here. The crossing is over the Rio Grande River, miles upstream of the start of the gorge section that runs west of Taos. I love going here. It is a beautiful and quiet place. The reflections of the sky and surrounding landscape on the slow moving waters are gorgeous.
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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Last September, we drove up to Durango and then Ouray, Colorado for a pickup at a gallery in Durango and to celebrate my birthday. The day's drive from Taos was wonderful. The color hadn't started changing in the trees yet, but it was definitely starting to feel like fall weather. When I was a kid, and again when Chris and I were first married, I had been to Ouray, and had driven the "Million Dollar Highway" from Silverton (check out the link to a You Tube video). I guess the memories of that road had somehow been suppressed, because this time, it FREAKED me out!!! A couple sections of the road seemed they were barely hanging onto the side of the vertical cliff, and it looked like it was 300-400 feet straight down from the side of the road, which only had a white strip as a barrier!!!
Anyway, there was no way I was going to be driving back on that road, so we had to find another way back to Taos. We ended up driving quite a few hours extra, heading down towards Telluride, then towards Delores and Mancos. Because of this extra driving, we came to Rico, Colorado. A beautiful little mountain town, unfortunately obviously having some economic problems. These buildings just grabbed my eye. The blue and orange colors, with the green of the hills behind......I just loved the look.
All-in-all, the extra driving was worth it, because of the new places we visited, and all of the images from the route back. Just a wonderful day.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011
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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Another shot from our "Photo Safari" through the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado a few weeks back. This was taken on the Harold Anderson farm in Jaroso. I met Harold and his wife Kathy over a year ago on a similar drive through the area. They are a couple of the nicest people you will ever meet. This time into town I was with friends, Geraint, Pam and my wife Christie. Since we were traveling with females - bathroom stops were a little more frequent - Pam is good in nature, but Chris is another story. While stopping in to see Kathy and let her know that we were in town to shoot the barn and silo area, Chris asked to use the restroom. Kathy is the Post Mistress for USPS in Jaroso, and can't let people use the post office facility, but did tell us that some friends of hers, right down the dirt road had a "Very Nice" outhouse they let people use. You need to know that Chris is not an "outhouse" girl, so needless to say, she was a little hesitant, but need overcame both approaching strangers and using an outside toilet. So, we bravely headed down the road toward our uncertain fate. Once there, we met more wonderful people of Jaroso, artist/sculpter Lynn Kircher and his daughter. Luckily, Chris was able use the "Inside" toilet, and in doing so was able to see Lynn's studio, which turned out to be the studio of her dreams (she's an oil painter)........half hour later after lots of very enjoyable and informative conversation with Lynn, we were able to head over and focus on photography. This truck is from the Anderson's grave yard of old vehicles, tractors and farm implements.
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