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The New West

Little Painted Desert

The Little Painted Desert – Find the Beauty Every Day © Doug Allen

I Can See For Miles

The clouds and rain storm passed through the Grand Canyon this afternoon and everything turned grey.  Flat light for sunset is a challenge, but sometimes you have to be patient.  Eventually the sun popped down below the clouds for a couple of minutes.  Just long enough to shoot a few frames and get a big star pattern.  I bracketed seven frames at Moran Point tonight with f-32 and finished with HDR Pro processing in Photoshop CS5 with an artistic twist to make me happy.  Find The Beauty Every Day  –  Moran Point Sunset @ Doug Allen

Sunset Pima Point Grand Canyon

Sunset Pima Point Grand Canyon – Find the Beauty Every Day © Doug Allen


The Mother Ship

While traveling through the California desert at Anza Borrego State Park, the winds were blowing over the mountains and rocking the house.  In the late afternoon these lenticular clouds popped up over the mountains.  If you look real close you can see the alien mothership hiding in the clouds.

Colorado River Rafters

The river swirls on the first day of the raft trip down the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon.  After putting in at Lee’s Ferry the raft meanders through Marble Canyon underneath Navajo Bridge.  All of the gear is battened down and now it is time to relax and get into the trip.  Standing on top of the bridge I get to watch my friends Joe and Bonnie Stevens as they head into the “Great Unknown”.  The Colorado runs green and cold today as the water comes out of the bottom of Glen Canyon Dam.  In 1869 John Wesley Powell commanded the first boat expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.   At that time there was no dam and the river was a reddish brown color from all of the sediment being washed down from the mountain streams.

Mesa Verde Dancers

Indian Dancers celebrate the return of spring

On location in Mesa Verde National Park during the Indian Arts & Culture Festival of the Four Corners area.  Memorial Day to the first of June is a fantastic week to spend in the Four Corners area of Colorado and New Mexico.  There are many events to attend, including music events, art shows, gallery openings.  At this Native American dance event held at Chapin Mesa, the dancers celebrate the return of spring with traditional dances and songs.  Chants are led by the elder, Bert Leno who keeps time with his sticks and rattles.  This troupe of dancers are keeping the ancient traditions alive through spoken history and movement.  The tribal traditions are being preserved for future generations.

The New West

Riders on the Range

Riding the range to move cattle from winter to summer pasture in the Mancos valley of South West Colorado.   Some things change and some things stay the same.  Even though trucks and trailers are a part of every ranch in the New West, there is still room for moving cattle the same way they have been doing it for generations.  Cowboys and cowgirls keep their herd moving along as storm clouds build in the distance.  The traditions of the New West are firmly rooted in the Old West.