Landscape and Panoramic Photography


Monsoon Storm near Gage, NM

While driving back to Arizona in August, I pulled off Interstate 10 to photograph this monsoon storm cloud north of Gage, NM.


Monsoon Storm Clouds north of Gage, near Gage, NM (16″x64″)

Railroad Tracks along Highway 26

I liked the abstract feel of the curving railroad tracks in the foreground, desert scrub in the landscape, and gathering clouds in the sky.


Railroad Tracks, Desert, Sky, near Hatch, NM (16″x50″)

Water Tower Along Highway 26, NM

I frequently drive between Tucson, AZ and Albuquerque, NM to visit family. While driving to Hatch from I-10, I always notice a lone water tower standing over the railroad tracks along Highway 26. Last summer I finally stopped to photograph the structure and the railroad tracks. An approaching monsoon storm had also kicked up a dust storm over the wind farm across the road.


Wind Farm and Haboob, near Hatch, NM (16″x52″)


Water Tower along Highway 26, near Hatch, NM (16″x32″)


Above Tree Line in Colorado

Here are a few more panoramas taken around sunrise at 14,000+ feet in Colorado.


Ridge Line from Mt Lincoln, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x50″)


Ridge Shadows to Mt Democrat, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x70″)


Rising Sun over Mt Lincoln, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x64″)


Mt Bross

After hiking up the flank of Mt Democrat, we turned to the east and headed towards Mt Lincoln to avoid the large crowds on the first peak. We followed the ridge to Mt Licoln, ate breakfast, then walked up the side of Mt Bross and down to Kite Lake. The mining equipment, pits, and trails are quite the spectacle at 14,000+ feet .

MiningEquipmentTrailsMountDemocrat.jpgMining Equipment, Trails, and Mount Democrat, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x67″)

ScreeAndTalusOnMtBross.jpgScree and Talus Field on Mt Bross, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x60″)

Hiking above Kite Lake, CO

A few photographs from the Buckskin Creek cirque/headwaters and my Kite Lake-Mt Lincoln-Mt Bross hike.

AloneInTheSkynearKiteLakeCO.jpgAlone in the Sky, near Kite Lake, CO (12″x18″)


Looking Back from Mt Bross, near Kite Lake, CO (12″x18″)

Cirque Camping above Kite Lake, CO

While working Boulder this July, I drove up to Kite Lake near Fairplay and Alma, CO. The camping areas near the lake were packed, so I hiked up a cirque along Buckskin Creek and set up camp near 12,500 feet in an isolated meadow. The cirque was relatively close to the parking area, but the steep hill blocked the view of the road and trails, so the area felt like the middle of the wilderness. The next morning, I slid out of my sleeping bag before sunrise to hike up a few peaks in the area- see future posts for peak panoramas.

SnowFieldandStreamnearKiteLake.jpgSnow Field and Stream, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x54″)

UnnamedCrescentLakenearKiteLake.jpgUnnamed Crescent Lake, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x60″)

Wild Basin Cliffs and Clouds

A few weeks ago, I hiked past Bluebird Lake (along the Wild Basin trail in Rocky Mountain National Park), scrambled up a scree field, and made my way along an old cirque above tree line just below Isolation Peak. The towering cliffs and exposed rocks are stunning when viewed up close. Looking down valley, I seemed to be standing above the clouds.


Unnamed Ridge, Cliffs, and Clouds, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (16″x42″)

Wild Basin Waterfalls

My first weekend in Boulder, I drove to the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park and hiked up to the back of Isolation Peak. On the way back down, I stopped at Ouzel Falls and Calypso Cascades to take a few long-exposure/bulb photographs of the flowing water.


Ouzel Falls and Stump, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (16″x28″)


Calypso Cascades and Logs, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (16″x27″)

Lightning Storm from Boulder

After arriving in Boulder, I noticed flashing light off to the east through the trees. I couldn’t hear the thunder, but lightning was striking every half second in the thunderstorm over the plains. I drove up the hill near the NCAR Mesa Lab and took a few 30-second exposures of this storm cloud before heading to bed.


Lightning Storm from South Boulder (#2), Boulder, CO (12″x18″)


Lightning Storm from South Boulder (#4), Boulder, CO (12″x18″)