wilderness, mountains, and entertainment in the rocky mountain valhalla of Aspen, CO


Spring Runoff

Hunter Creek running high on June 1st 2008, with Ajax in the background.

Hunter Creek running high on June 1st 2008, with Ajax in the background.

This view is just a short 1/4 mile or so hike right out my back door. With the huge snowfall we had last season, the resulting spring thaw made for some pretty high river stages. This shows Hunter Creek running quite a bit bigger than normal. And, you can still see all the snow left on Aspen Mountain (Ajax) in the background, even as the trees down in town were beginning to really green up. Such a beautiful backyard, eh?!

Taken 6/1/2008.

Independent Horse

This guy seemed eager to say hello, as I was driving between Aspen and Snowmass on the 4th of July; so I stopped to take his picture! There are often some very nice views back on Owl Creek Road, driving to/from Snowmass. Taken 7/4/2008.

Snowmass Summer Concerts

Today was beautiful and warm here... which made me recall some of the fun summer events, including the free concerts on the hill at Snowmass ski area! One of my favorites this summer was The Freddy Jones Band on July 3rd, as seen here. There was some rain in the distance, and you can see a faint →

Hockey At The Barn

Since I get to play my first Rec A Hockey game of the season tomorrow night, and I coached hockey this weekend, I thought I'd share a pic of Aspen's version of pond hockey... We're lucky enough to occasionally play at "the barn" outside of Basalt (about 25 miles from Aspen), which includes plywood boards all the way around, →

Snowmass Sunset

A great sunset one evening in Snowmass, when I was with my family, who were all visiting for their ski vacation. So much fun watching my niece & nephew skiing for the first time! This shot is looking at the ridge behind/above the Snowmass Center (on the right as you drive up to the ski area). Taken 2/18/2008.

View From Snowmass Creek

I helped a friend move today, from her place off Snowmass Creek Rd, and this was the view from her front porch! That is Snowmass Ski Area, looking at Sam's Knob & Campground. So, now her place is available for rent too, and cheaper than where I am now. Hmm... I'm considering it, but it's 20 minutes →

St. Mary’s And Smuggler Mountain

Continuing the theme with churches and mountains... This late spring snow and cloud hanging on Smuggler Mountain provide a good backdrop for the bell tower and steeple of St. Mary's Catholic Church, on Main Street in Aspen, and City Hall (at the far right). Smuggler Mountain houses an active mine, former superfund site, as well as one of →

Chapel And Shadow Mountain

The Aspen Chapel is one of the first picturesque buildings you see as you come into Aspen, right at the roundabout. It's located such that there are great mountain backdrops in every direction, when photographing it. This particular view shows Shadow Mountain in the background; the front of which is part of Aspen Mountain ski area, and the →

Last Run Ravens

This lone, weathered tree really stands out, on "Deception" ski run at Aspen Highlands (double-black in Oly Bowl), and it's usually a good spot for a breather after the first pitch of pretty steep moguls there. This was my last run on this particular day (happy bday, sis!), and the sun was breaking through the clouds and really lighting →

Spring Glaze

Keeping with my anticipation of skiing theme... this was also taken after the end of last season, when the lifts were no longer running. In fact, this was the day before my "Highland Bowl From Ajax" photo (posted two days ago). As I skinned up Tiehack on Buttermilk Mtn. in the early evening, and noticed how the thawed →