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Deeper in Colorado…

Ahoy!

Today I’m rewinding to a camping trip high in the San Juan mountains last month. We explored the terrain around Ridgway and Ouray, Colorado. Every hike in that area has massive elevation gain, and we were pretty well whipped into shape by the fourth and fifth days. I experienced the notorious Red Mountain Pass, which has many-a-thousand-foot drops off the side of the highway, made more dangerous with the inability to only focus on driving (the scenery from that road is stunning). Other trip highlights were bathing in a high alpine lake (it was take-your-breath-away cold water), the basil ale at High Alpine Brewing in Gunnison, the pink and purple sunset we were treated to outside of Ridgway, seeing the Milky Way every night, reaching the Ice Lakes after being told we probably couldn’t make it, hot dogs, the charming town of Ouray, and the Willie Nelson greatest hits album I picked up before heading out of town.

Enjoy the snaps, and don’t get too lost in that crystal clear water in the photos.

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Chasing the Colorado Sunset

Spring in Colorado is fantastic for so many reasons, but especially for the intensely colorful sunrises and sunsets. The weather allows for some interesting clouds that just glow with the sun.

On Monday evening, I drove up Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park with my girlfriend, Anna. I recently acquired some fun new instruments to play with and distort the light, including a prism and a concave piece of glass and the light that evening was perfect for playing around.

Here are some snaps from Monday evening, enjoy!

Emily

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Spring Hiking in Colorado

Well, it sure feels like Summer in Colorado! It’s getting pretty hot here on the Front Range, as we are anticipating 90 degree temps this week… though there’s still a great deal of snow in the mountains. Here are some snaps from the Long’s Peak Trail, just a week and a half ago.

Stay cool, everyone!

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2016 in Review

2016 was full of fun adventures! Here are some of the highlights…

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In February, my work took me to Tucson, Arizona. I went out and explored Saguaro National Park every day, and ate lots of great ethic food (Tucson is teeming with great restaurants).

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I wrapped up work in Tucson, then headed to Phoenix where I picked up a couple of my girlfriends at the airport. We headed north, spent the night at the trailhead, then descended into Havasu canyon. We spent 3 days exploring the glorious waters of Havasu and only encountered a handful of people down there…February is definitely a great time to visit this area.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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We also celebrated Alaina’s birthday in the canyon…complete with a candle in the oatmeal!

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We visited family in Sanibel, Florida at the end of February, and I got to watch my nephew play in the ocean.

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In honor of International Women’s Day in March, the women of City Star Brewing (the brewery I work for), collaborated on a special beer…a tart cherry Gose.

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Later in March, I did maternity photos for this beautiful mama. Her son, Jackson, is already growing up to be an adventure stud!

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In April, my sister, my nephew and I went camping in Moab and Fruita. We pushed the limits of a baby in the car, learned that sweet ukulele tunes go a long way and stopping for a hike up to Hanging Lake is always a good idea.

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In May I got engaged! Aaron I went camping in the San Rafael Swell area of Utah, and he popped the question. We camped at a spot overlooking the Little Grand Canyon and watched the moon rise (do you see it?). Also pictured here is our sweet truck-camping rig…because I’m really proud of it.

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In June I captured this wonderful couple’s wedding…and almost passed out over excitement at the light that came over the wedding. Really though, look at that light!

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At the end of June, I road-tripped to Weiser, Idaho for a music festival. I drove back with one of my best friends and discovered Stanley, Idaho. There are few places I have seen with such incredible beauty. Stanley holds a special place in my heart (you would know based on the number of souvenirs I brought back from there).

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On the drive back from Idaho, Anna and I stopped at Craters of the Moon National Park…that place is crazy and weird…and I love it.

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…then we spent the night in Grand Teton National Park. We found some peace by a river before heading home.

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In July, Aaron and I spent a few days backpacking around Mount Zirkel Wilderness in Colorado. Lots of fishing and hiking was involved (of course!) and we got to eat our first homemade, freeze-dried backpacker meals! They were delicious…though the eggs still need some work.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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At the beginning of August I photographed a wedding in Philadelphia…in a planetarium. Need I say more?

More photos from this wedding on my blog.

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In August, Aaron and I went backpacking in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. I hope these photos can somewhat depict the beauty of this area, because I can’t put it into words. We are already planning our return to this area in 2017, but probably to tie the knot this time.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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Aaron and I spent 2 weeks traveling around Belize and Guatemala in September. We did plenty of jungle exploration and found a new interest…caving!

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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Fall in Colorado. Here’s a shot from just below Long’s Peak.

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In October, one my best friends and I celebrated our birthdays with a good old fashioned road trip to Utah. We ate lots of bacon and an entire cake…but we hiked a lot. Ideal, in my book.

More photos from this trip on my blog.

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In November I hiked to Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park…and found a pot of gold!

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Later in November I witnessed the Supermoon rising beyond some corn fields in Berthoud, Colorado.

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After Thanksgiving, we visited some friends in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This photo was taken in the morning, when it was burning cold and incredibly foggy…and dreamy.

Most of these photos were shot for personal projects, though I also had a number of amazing clients that I had the pleasure of working with over the year. With two trips already in the works for January, 2017 is gearing up to be an even more adventurous, exciting year!

Happy New Year, everyone!
Emily

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Mt. Zirkel Wilderness

We wandered through the pine and aspen forest that wound through Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Unfortunately, this area has been greatly devastated by the pine beetle, though the rugged peaks and wildflowers easily pick up the slack. After we settled on a camp that had a wonderful view of the peak, which we named “Twelve-Double-O” *, we enjoyed some afternoon coffee and headed up to Gilpin Lake for some evening fishing. We were surprised to be the only people up at the lake, but were psyched nonetheless. Gilpin Lake is truly one of the most beautiful, pristine lakes I have encountered. Aaron caught tons of trout, and Merle couldn’t contain his excitement as they were reeled in. Back at camp we cooked some of our own freeze-dried pasta bolognese, had a sip of whiskey, pulled back the rain fly and watched the stars until we fell asleep.

In the morning, we packed our things and moved them to safe place while we headed straight up toward Mt. Zirkel. Given the location of our camp, the traditional route was too far away, so we made a slow traverse up the steep valley toward “Twelve-Double-O”. Finally, we hit the ridgeline which led us up the peak, and across another rugged ridgeline to the backside of Mt. Zirkel. Behind the mountain is a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers and you can see the lowlands of Walden in the distance, as well as smoke from fires raging that way. We eventually scrambled up the boulders to the top of the mountain and enjoyed the summit all to ourselves. From there we spotted Mt. Agnes, which we vowed to come back and attempt next time we are in the area.

Giddy with mountain high, we slid through scree and snow and made our way down the mountain. We grabbed our packs and continued back to Gilpin Lake, where we put our feet in the cool water, snacked, and moseyed on to Gold Creek Lake. We found ourselves a beautiful site near the creek, set up our tent, and let Merle inside to rest—he was so tired. After a while, we headed to Gold Creek Lake, where once again, we found solitude. Aaron caught more fish, and we watched a spectacular sunset light up the sky. The creek hummed our tired minds to sleep.

Once again, we packed our things and hiked 2 miles out to the trailhead. We found gyros in Steamboat, and with full bellies and content minds, we drove east — feeling so happy to call this beautiful state our home.

*The actual name of “Twelve-Double-O” is “Point 12,006″. It’s a pretty impressive peak for such a lack-luster name. Anyway, we actually thought that peak was Mt. Zirkel until we were on it…”ohhhh, Zirkel is over there!”

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Ah, skiing.

Crisp mountain air, it’s the best.

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