Super Sunday

I love Super Sunday, the day gives me a great opportunity to have the mountains to myself ๐Ÿ™‚ As the years have gone by I find myself caring less and less about professional sports, and the antics of the overpaid children this year have pretty much plummeted my interest to zero. So this year instead of watching the game today I intend to spend my day outdoors in the company of the mountains and the wildlife.

Misty Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Misty Sangre De Cristo Mountains

So far the day has been a great one… a beautiful quiet hike to the top of the Little Grouse Mountain Trail and a nice stroll at the base of beautiful Pikes Peak. Interesting the difference in the two views though! If you look towards the southwest there was nothing but clouds and mist and the appearance of a very gloomy and wintry day. However, the view to the north was entirely different… a lovely sun drenched morning on the 14,115 foot summit of magnificent Pikes Peak!

Pikes Peak Summit

Summit of Pikes Peak in Winter

I’m thinking though, all the clouds and mist may make for an interesting sunset and me and big dog will be heading back out again into the hills south of Cripple Creek to take a gander. I will be bringing my tripod along this time as I’m thinking last time I shot the sunset I didn’t have it and consequently was not able to get the depth of field that I should have. This time I think I’ll set the camera on Aperture Priority with a lens opening of about f11. That might slow my shutter speed down to a second or slower, so I may have to use the remote shutter release as well.ย  But then again, who knows, it might be an ugly sunset and I might not get anything at all!

Pikes Peak Winter

Rugged Summit of Pikes Peak Colorado in Winter

As always, these images are available for purchase on my website as wall art and gift items. Please click on the links to the left or if you are on a smart phone click the menu button and choose your favorite subject! In addition to prints I have FB pagesย  devoted to wildlife advocacy and another page devoted to mountain sports!

Nocturnal and First Snow

Two o’clock a.m. and I’m wide awake, too awake to sleep and too tired to do anything constructive. Starting to wonder if I’m becoming nocturnal! I hope not, hiking at night would be a real bummer! Guess I’ll write a blog. Nothing like throwing a bunch of random thoughts onto the virtual paper to bring it all together. LOL… not everything that comes together is good though! We’ll see how it turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

Pikes Peak

First Snow on Pikes Peak

Now that I mention things that aren’t good coming together… I recently saw a position available for a sports writer / photographer, which sounded perfect for me! Wasn’t too sure if my writing experience would be the right fit for a CSU Rams reporter, but I was especially excited about having access to the press box for game photography. I’ve always wanted to be one of those cool guys with the big white lenses running up and down the sidelines and hanging out in the press box ๐Ÿ™‚

Much to my surprise, within hours I was turning in my first article. The second article, however is proving to be more difficult. Don’t seem to have the attention span to analyze a pile of statistics and come up with a meaningful story out of it. I feel like I’m back in my cubicle in the dungeon at Raytheon, totally stressed out and beset with a completely blank mind. Just like it was at the last with Raytheon, all I can think of is running away from the desk, fleeing the dark caverns of the programmer basement and getting outside! I think today I’ll try to find another subject to write on. Perhaps today in the cold and the rain maybe I won’t be longing for the outdoors so much. Maybe there is a standout player who could use some ink. At any rate, looking forward to being in the press box on Halloween day when CSU takes on SDSU at home in sunny beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.

There are some other statistics this fall that I find myself very interested in studying. A few months ago when this new chapter in my life began I was excited to set a goal of breaking the 3,000 approved image mark at my agency, iStock / Getty. It didn’t take me long to do that and now as I look at my account, the number 4,000 has come within striking distance. A few more sleepless nights and who knows, perhaps I will achieve 4,000 before year’s end.

Today the clouds parted for a bit and the big peak became visible and it is clearly sporting a new mantle of snow to remind me that this year is rapidly winding down. So right now, as long as I’m awake anyway, I’m going to load up the chip from yesterday’s trek up Bald Mountain so that I can mark the first day of significant snow on Pikes Peak with an image.