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Crystal Mill Colorado

I know, you thought the next shot I was going to post was going to be The Subway. Psyc!




Actually, my Subway shot is still rendering...I took a massive multi-row pano of it with a 100mm lens and the shots are all loaded up on a G5 with 16gb of RAM and that thing has been crunching those images for nearly 6 hours...I don't see any smoke yet so I think it's just very busy stitching. I hope.


Anway, in the meantime I thought I'd post one of my favorite shots from my time in Colorado -- Old Crystal Mill. This place is very remote, requiring a 4x4 type vehicle to access. What an amazing landscape, I thouroughly enjoyed my time at Crystal Mill. I arrived in the early morning on a one-way jeep drop-off (even though I knew afternoon would provide the best light) and spend the entire day scouting around it, eating lunch and just relaxing. It was awesome.


So the afternoon light did not disapoint and I shot Crystal Mill from every angle imaginable, settling on this classic vantage point. With the last of the blue sky almost out of sight I realized it was about time to leave. Since I'd only paid for a one-way jeep ride I had a 7 mile hike ahead of me to get back to the MoHo (aka Motorhome).


Suddenly, I turn to a familiar face, Mike Jones. Now I have to say, of all the times I've shot with Mike I never really felt "glad" to see him, though he is a kick in the pants, however this time I was GLAD.


Very glad.


My first words were "Mike, did you drive your truck here?!" Not "Oh hey Mike, good to see you..." or "Mike, how funny to run into you WAY out here...".


No. My first words were a plea of "can-I-get-a-ride-out-with-you so I don't have to hike 7 miles over rocky terrain..." camouflaged with "If you've got room in your truck it would be fun to catchup..."


He didn't buy it and my look of desperation likely was enough...he said "sure".

I did give him $20 and a big thanks at the other end before we headed off in different directions.


Thanks again Mikey!


PS: We now have virtual tours of the Aperture Academy.

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Taken on September 24, 2009