Always trust your GPS. Okay, it's not always so perfect, but this day, I really did trust it as I crossed New Mexico. I've crossed this area of the state many, many times and for some reason the GPS was suggesting a route I'd never taken. With time on my hands, I took the new route and found this terrific abandoned property. Even though it looks as though it will fall any moment, it still stands the test of time. Looking inside, much of the interior is just as the owners left it. Furniture still in place, things still in cabinets tell I silent story. A story I wish I knew more about.
On a mid-spring trip to Colorado, my plan called for an overnight stay in Telluride where I could get up early and spend the day exploring the San Juan Mountain Range from Telluride to Durango. Anyone familiar with Colorado weather understands how quickly a trip can meet a challenge, but fortunately, this surprise snowfall offered an opportunity to shoot snow scenes near the end of the day when the lighting was soft and absolutely breathtaking. Snow scenes are, at best, difficult to shoot but the challenge here was simply choosing where to point the camera next!
However, the real surprise of the trip turned out to be the ice storm that followed a few hours after taking this shot. Simply driving from Telluride to Ouray took hours the next morning, and traveling south to Durango was a serious challenge easily overruled by common sense. (Okay, I chickened out! If you've driven Hwy 550, you know why.)
Thinking back on the trip, I'm reminded that weather rules and flexibility is an asset. Especially in Colorado.
Flatlanders beware! It was about a mile from the trailhead to the falls, with an elevation change equal to the height of the Empire State Building. My location/shooting guide warned me this would be a challenge, but of course I didn’t listen thinking only of the distance. Looking back, the hike was a grind for someone my age (60 at the time) but as you can see here, it was worth every bit of the effort required. Fairy Falls is only 20’ in height, and certainly makes up for it’s lack of height with an amazing cascade rarely seen in nature.