The Caravan doesn’t actually start for several more days but we have to get ourselves to the jumping off point in Missouri. Tonite we are staying in LaJunta, Colorado in SE Colorado. It is near Rocky Ford which is known for it’s wonderful watermelons and cantelopes. LaJunta itself is known as a jumping off point to see the annual Tarantula Migration. Male Texas/Oklahoma Brown Back T’s migrate over the short grass prairie looking for mates who burrow into the ground. The Males mate only when they turn 8 because when they turn 8 they grow a special appendage the their front legs that prevents the females from eating them. The successful mating results in more T’s but the male then wonders off into the plains from whence it came only to die a few months later because of the cold. The females live 20-25 years because they have ownership of the burrow.
This year we saw 4 T’s and a tarantula wasp who is the only known predator of the tarantula. A couple of years ago we only saw one so this year was a big success.
I went to the Lafayette, Colorado Cars and Coffee get together. This is really the only one I go to - it is so excellent that I think the others in town would disappoint - although to be sure I have not been to them. Every time I go I see something new.
Technical Note: I shot two rolls of different black and white film with different ISO ratings. I could have developed them separately but I was feeling lazy so I put them both together and did Stand Development for 60 min in Rodinal 1:100. Basically you let the films sit in the developer for an hour, agitating only once at the 30 min mark. It worked fine and in some ways is a much more relaxed way to do things if you don’t mind sparing 60 min.
Finally the Denver Art Museum is hosting some interesting photography exhibits. Last month I went to the Georgia O’keefe exhibit and this month it’s some of the collected photography of other photographers by Robert Adams. The pictures seen here are followed in the next frame by the description. I would have like to have some background as why Robert Adams picked certain pictures to be in his collection. Some of the photographers included : Richard Benson, Judith Joy Ross, Lois Connor, Edward Ramey,AJ Meek, Dorothy Norman and William Wylie.
The East Troublesome Fire was the last major fire in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2020 - It ended up crossing from the west to the east across Trail Ridge Road. Last week’s trip to the area I had a chance to take some photos of the burn area
Wanted to show a few of my Digital InfraRed shots from this last week’s trip to Granby, Colorado. These were shot with an old school Canon point and shoot that has been converted to pick up IR. Depending on what filter you put on you will get different effects.
Fire Burn Area
The first image is with the 520 filter on but no post processing. The second one has some post processing to bring out the purple
Today I went back up the Trail Ridge Road - long story short is that I had mechanical problems with my film camera and ruined a whole roll of fill from yesterday’s trip. Not happy because I had some pictures taken in the fog and there was no fog today ! I was however not gonna be defeated.
This time I saw a moose cross the road but that will have to wait for the film to be developed. Then once at the Homestead site I saw a caravan of Earth Roamers - super high end truck campers going from $1/2 million to $2million. They are manufactured just up the road from us in Dacono, Colorado but I’ve never seen one in person. Then on up to 11,800 ft ASL to the gift shop/cafe and was confronted with a panhandler- I’ve never encountered a panhandler at this altitude!
While the rest of the group when on a bike ride I decided to explore Trail Ridge Road = I had intended to take it all the way to Estes Park but stopped short of it. What a fantastic mountain road. It is the highest continuously paved road in America toping out at 12,000 ft ASL. I stoped at the ticket and snack shack at 11,756 ft ASL.
Today, Wednesday 8/24/22 we went on the guided Continental Divide Trail with side by side Can Am off road vehicles. These machines are designed to go off road , over boulders etc. We saw people with new Ford F-150 going up and we both thought that was a big mistake. Never take your only vehicle on one of these trails - far better renting.
Every summer the town of Wheat Ridge where I live has a weekend Carnation Festival - WR used to be a center of carnation growing. Most of the activities we don’t go to - concerts , fireworks. We always try to go to the Saturday morning parade.
On my daily walk in the neighborhood I saw this. This is a beautiful house, perfectly landscaped. So it was scouted to be used as a backdrop for a commercial by Adam’s Polishes which is a high end line of car care products based here in Denver.
Just a few pictures shot with my Digital IR converted Canon point and shoot. On the way out to Colby I stopped into High Plains Raceway and it was WRL ( World Racing League) weekend. Then onto Eastern Colorado - Cope, Colorado. In Kansas I went thru St. Francis . Before work I shot some scenes in Goodland , KS