Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad


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Here is one of the finer, but oft-overlooked, attractions of Colorado: the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. I did not take these photos and have no idea who did - I found them in an old set of slide carousels that I picked up at a thrift store. So, whoever took them - thanks.

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Accordingly, I don't know when these shots were taken. From other shots in the collection, I think this train ride took place either in the late 1970s or very early 1980s.

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The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was founded in 1879. So, this is a railroad that Bat Masterson could have taken, or Wyatt Earp, or Doc Holliday. Its original purpose was to haul gold and silver ore from southwest Colorado north to Silverton.

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The Durango train (as it is usually called) made the news in 2018. It is suspected of causing a forest fire, called the 416 Fire, in June 2018. The 416 Fire blazed out of control and consumed about 50,000 acres in the San Juan National Forest. This caused the train to shut down and cost it millions of dollars.

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Whether or not the fire was caused by the Durango Train, it devastated the economy of southwest Colorado. Closing the Durango Train down for over a month and also canceling the Silverton July 4, 2018 Fireworks celebration and Purgatory Ski Resort showed how dependent the region is upon tourism. Large portions of the San Juan National Forest also were closed. The disaster only escaped media attention because of its remote location and scattered population.

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During normal times - when there aren't any fires - the Durango Train offers fabulous views. Hopefully, these pictures prove that.

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By the way, if the Durango train looks somehow familiar despite your never having been anywhere near it, there are some good reasons. The Durango Train has been featured in numerous Hollywood productions, including "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969), "Support Your Local Gunfighter" (1971), and "The Prestige" (2006).

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2018

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sunset Over the Mountains


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Sunset in Colorado Springs. The leaves are still on most of the trees, but winter is coming. Right at sunset, there are beautiful colors over the mountains, giving very nice contrasts. While I was taking these shots, an older woman walked by and commented on how beautiful the sunset was. Apparently, she was out to take in the sight as well, and let me tell you, it has to be special to get locals out into the night air. This was an unusual show, but there are many such distinctive views in Colorado.

I also included a few shots of my front yard tree in full fall colors. I have a few other shots of it which I will post elsewhere, but these were taken in twilight so I felt they belonged here.

So, anyway, I like these shots, taken in Colorado Springs facing west on October 22, 2017. The thing I strive for most is distinctive, mellow colors which portray a scene that is almost like an oil painting. If I capture an elusive moment in time, so much the better. I may or may not have achieved that here, but that is the goal.

I hope you enjoy the vibrant colors as much as I do.

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2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off


Labor Day Balloon Festival


Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off 2017
Colorado Springs balloons.

I got up and out on the saturday morning of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. It's an annual massing of balloons which I suppose is famous. Anyway, it is just a fifteen-minute drive from my house, so, why not go? Most years I do. This year, 2017, I did.

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off 2017


There are dozens of balloons inflated at the same time. It's tough to get them all in frame at the same time because, well, they're kind of big. Anyway, hopefully these few snaps give you an idea of how big they are. I went for the lift off on Monday morning, too, but the winds didn't allow a takeoff, unfortunately.

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off 2017


The skydiver team at the US Air Force Academy, the "Wings of Blue, performed as well. They're very precise and come down right where they intend to. On a nice, sunny morning, they make a great impression.

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off 2017


The Labor Day balloon event is one of the highlights of the year in Colorado Springs. I'll try to make it next year, too.

Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off 2017


The crowds were lively. However, it always is a bittersweet weekend.

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No matter how much fun you have, you realize it's over - summer is over. And, the summer of 2017 is never coming back again.

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2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thunderbirds 2017 Air Force Academy Graduation



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Some video and pictures that I took at the 24 May 2017 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony Thunderbirds Flyover. This video obviously was taken in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the site of the US Air Force Academy. My filming location was across Ronald Reagan Highway (its official name, though nobody calls it that) from Falcon Stadium. The weather was clear with a slight breeze of about five knots from the north. Thankfully, it did not rain immediately after the ceremony as it tends to do.

The pictures and video speak for themselves. Having viewed several of these now, I can tell you that the Thunderbirds did their standard routine. Nobody crashed, as was the case in 2016.

Overall, an expertly executed performance by the best in the business.

 Thanks for stopping by.

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2017

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Air Force Academy Flyover 2016


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The 2016 Air Force Academy graduation flyover was held on 2 June 2016. The ceremony featured a commencement address by the President of the United States under clear skies. However, the thousands of people watching from nearby could not hear that. Instead, the focus is on the flyover performed by the US Air Force precision flying team, the Thunderbirds.

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While Colorado Springs is noted for its sunny weather, this was the first time in a few years when the flyover was not overcast and rainy. In 2015, for instance, it was so overcast that they almost had to cancel the flyover. They got it in just before it began to rain.

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The 2016 event went flawlessly. Unfortunately, on the way back to base, one of the aircraft crashed. The pilot ejected without injury, and there were no casualties on the ground.

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Anyway, these are some pictures I took at the event. They should give you a feel for what it is like to be there.

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The Thunderbirds are awesome!

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2016