Many people may not realize, but there is a ton of research, planning, preparation and patience involved in these multi-day photography trips. This year's trip was centered around the peaks of the stunning, but not very popular Eagle's Nest Wilderness a.k.a. the Gore Range. I took almost 1500 pictures over the course of 4 days. If I could describe the experience in one word, it would be "cold"... and "beautiful"...and "lonely". I don't have time to write the story behind each image, so I'll just post some of the best ones from the trip:
|Eagles Nest Peak Sunrise|
|Sunburst and Cataract Lake|
|Peak K, Peak L, Gore Thumb, Guyselman Mountain, Peak N and Peak O (I think)|
|Grand Traverse Peak from Vail|
|Peak C (center) and Mt. Powell (Left) from Piney River|
One night I stayed out late to get some milky way shots as the sky was so clear at Piney Lake. After shooting, Molly and I were heading back to the truck in the dark. All of the sudden, Molly stops in the middle of the trail. She must notice something. Right in front of us we hear this loud grunting sound. We both freeze. A couple seconds later the same grunting sound. All I can think is, "Man I hope that's not a bear". Then I see another headlight in front of us. No... it's not another headlamp. It's the reflection of my own headlight in the eye of a large animal. It grunts at us again. This time Molly barks at it very loudly. The creature starts moving toward us, then turns to its right and starts walking down the hill. As it passes, I can see two HUGE antlers of a bull moose. It walks past us toward Piney Lake. I later found out that this moose is well known at the Piney Ranch. Apparently, they call him Monty. All I have to say is I'm thankful for my canine hiking partner!
|Moose in Piney Lake|