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A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:58 pm
by Mags
(well, over 22 yrs if you count the first photo...)

My plans for this weekend changed rapidly. What was supposed to be a 14 mile jaunt, above treeline followed by a moonlight stroll on Longs Peak changed for one reason: Rain and snow above 10k ft during the day and into the night. I am stupid at times (just ask my ex-girlfriends! :D ), but not stupid enough to hike at night, at 14k+ ft, in the snow.... And hiking above treeline BY CHOICE in the snow with zero visibility is not only pointless but dangerous.

I did a local hike yesterday in the drizzle and and it reminded me of New England hiking. Esp with the thick woods, the rocks and the steep trails found in the Boulder Open Space at times.

My mind wandered, and I thought of all my photos of said New England hiking...then I thought of ALL my photos.

Over the years, I've managed to accumulate over 5000 photos on my website as of this writing (Aug 2008). Phew!

I've been fortunate to be able to see and experience so many wonderful sights over the years.

Over the years, I've also received some nice compliments on my photos. With over 5000 photos though, a bit hard to sort through some of the better ones.

So, I last night heated up some homemade soup (good night for soup), cracked open some wine and culled through my photos and made a favorite photos album.

I do mean the term FAVORITES and not BEST. Best is a subjective term. Favorite? Well, hard to argue with me when I say FAVORITE. Some are truly ones I love. Others have a sentimental story behind them. Some just appeal to my attempt in creating an "artistic photo". A few even feature the "rogues gallery" of people I've spent a lot of time with.

In any case, these are the photos I truly think are my favorites for various reasons. Obviously, the newer photos are of better quality, but I think some of the older ones are nice, too.

Maybe some of you will enjoy the various photos....
http://www.pmags.com/joomla/index.php?o ... &g2_page=1

(I went hiking again today with a friend. The weather in the Boulder Open Space was nice..but, the divide was cloudy and what little poked through was covered in snow! Think we made the right choice to not go hiking last night. The company was not bad either...)

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:44 pm
by Ridgerunner
Mags, you are truely a blessed man to have taken in so many breath taking views in your lifetime. I have the link saved and will definitely get back to take in the rest of the pics I missed.(dial-up sucks) Very nice and thanks for sharing. ;)

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:11 pm
by zelph
Fantastic collection. It looks easy to collect so many,every turn and every rise opens into another great sight. I think I saw "Rambo" in that Pacific Northwest photo :lol: I think he was flat up against one of those moisture laden trees partialy covered with moss ;)

Thanks for sharing the BEST with us.

What kind of camera and the weight? Carry it in your pack or pouch or on your chest with a harness?

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:09 pm
by Mags
A mixture of photos and carrying methods.

Everything from a Yashica 35mm point and shoot to a disposable to an Olympus stylus to modern digitals.

My camera for hiking is now a Canon A630, (8 megapixel).

I usually carry it on a side pouch. The camera is not used too much if it is not accessible.

As for Rambo..heh. On my first backpacking trip, I carried a Rambo knife knock off. What the heck was I thinking ?!?!?!

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:16 pm
by oops56
Mags wrote:A mixture of photos and carrying methods.

Everything from a Yashica 35mm point and shoot to a disposable to an Olympus stylus to modern digitals.

My camera for hiking is now a Canon A630, (8 megapixel).

I usually carry it on a side pouch. The camera is not used too much if it is not accessible.

As for Rambo..heh. On my first backpacking trip, I carried a Rambo knife knock off. What the heck was I thinking ?!?!?!
You are just like the rest of us the kids in us never goes away 8-)

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:56 am
by dlarson
Mags, thanks for sharing all those great photos. The gnarled oak near Bly Gap is haunting... and excellent!
Some other favorites of mine:
Chiacago Basin
Zagevah Peak
Yellow Aspens (And the image after it... "Hope"-something?)
Mt. Bierstadt
Crystal Lake fog
Eldorado Canyon

I got inspired partway in. So here's your cover! There are many other cover-worthy photos but you provided headlines for this one! :lol:
(This is getting to be a trend. first Avalanche Lake, now this.
I probably shouldn't use your photos like this so just tell me to *beep* off ;) if it annoys you.)

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Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 1:57 pm
by Mags
Very funny! Feel free to photo shop any of my photos. It gives me many smiles!


Mind I if steal this image to add to a journal entry? Too funny!

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:50 pm
by dlarson
Mags wrote:Very funny! Feel free to photo shop any of my photos. It gives me many smiles!
Thanks Mags!
Mags wrote:Mind I if steal this image to add to a journal entry? Too funny!
I don't mind at all. I'm of the open source mentality with most things. Besides, it was your photo to start with so how could I say "No"?

***edit***
p.s.- Some people might find it funny that the bar code is pi.

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:12 am
by zelph
p.s.- Some people might find it funny that the bar code is pi.
Tell me what pi stands for so I can participate in the funny part :D

Re: A "trip report" over 12 yrs in the making...

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:19 am
by Mags
I've been to PIE town. :) I had 3.14 slices of pie at least. ;)


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