Thursday, May 28, 2009

My New Camera!!

These are the first two photos taken with the camera I bought for myself for my birthday!! I bought a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900. It is very tiny and does a lot of stuff. I was kind of scared of it at first since it's so little and said that it kind of feels like bringing a baby home from the hospital. Today is also my 300th post on my Telluride Daily Photo blog. This second photo isn't just outstanding due to the cloudy skies, but it's been cloudy and/or raining for days here with no end in sight. I did find out good news, though. Last Dollar Road and Ophir Pass are officially open!! I'm sure the rain is helping to melt the lower elevations of the passes. It has still been snowing a little above 11,0000 feet.

Telluride Mountainfilm Festival

Memorial Day weekend is the end of the off-season for Telluride. The gondola re-opens and it is time for the Mountainfilm Festival. I was fortunate to get a pass for the festival so that I could blog for PlumTV.com. I ran around like crazy and saw as many films as I could and attended the closing awards picnic. If you want to see the blogs I have done for PlumTV.com, click here to visit the Telluride Insider Blog.
Inside the Sheridan Opera House.
The line waiting outside of the Palm Theater for episode 1 of The National Parks: America's Best Idea.
This is Ken Burns, director of The National Parks: America's Best Idea which will air on PBS in 6 different episodes starting September 27, 2009. Mark your calendars if you have any interest at all in the national parks. I loved it! Ken is pictured here in the Question and Answer session with Shelton Johnson, a park ranger from Yosemite National Park.
I went to visit the Ah Haa School to view the work of Quang-Tuan Luong and I was fortunate to meet him and have our photo taken together. Mr. Luong has photographed all of the national parks with a 5 x 7 large frame camera and some of his work can be seen in the National Parks episodes. Behind us are his photos of the Delicate Arch at Arches National Park and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Question and Answer session with Captain Paul Watson after viewing At the Edge of the World. You may have seen him on Whale Wars on Animal Planet.
I stopped Martin and Borut Strel in the street and asked for a photo after seeing them in Big River Man. They are from Slovenia and Martin is the only man to ever swim the entire Amazon River.
It was a rainy and then stormy picnic for the closing awards in town park.
We enjoyed a surprise performance by Kongar-ol Ondar of the film Genghis Blues. He is probably the world's best throat singer.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spring Concerts

This week the girls had their spring concerts, Maralee singing and playing bells, and Savanna's band. Savanna won an Outstanding Award again! She was the only one out of the trombone section to get this award in her grade and it made the boy trombone players mad. Yea Savanna!
This is Savanna's band playing Louie Louie. It made me have flashbacks of high school football games! You can hear the trombones at the very beginning. video

This is Maralee's class playing the bells. She brought a bell kit home several times to practice and was so proud! It's hard to see, but she is the third one from the left. video

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mother's Day

I completely forgot to mention Mother's Day earlier this week, and I'm sure my family (particularly our moms) will appreciate seeing the new photo of me and the kids. We had a picnic in our town park and planned to stay there most of the afternoon, but unfortunately some clouds moved in and placed themselves perfectly over the park which made it a little bit chilly. We did walk down to see the lower part of Bear Creek Falls. The weather has been so warm and with all of the dust heating up in the snowpack, the snow is melting fast. We made our usual spring drive up Last Dollar Road to see how far we could get before we hit snow. This is the nice view of Wilson Peak from the entrance of Last Dollar.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jud Wiebe Spring Hike

Our first hike this year was the Jud Wiebe trail. I kind of wanted to hike Bear Creek Falls, but was afraid it would be too muddy. Since Jud Wiebe is mostly in the sun, it seemed to be the better option. I already posted a new blog entry for PlumTV.com that you can see HERE. Basically that entry states that the trail is a 2.7-mile loop with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. Access for Jud Wiebe is at the north end of Aspen Street, and exits onto Tomboy Road. Although the trail can be hiked from Tomboy to Aspen Street, I usually prefer to start on the Aspen side. The views of Telluride, Bridal Veil Falls and the ski area are spectacular from the summit of the trail, which is about 10,200 feet. While the hike is rated as moderate in difficulty, I've seen everything from hikers with full-on gear to a man that looked to be about 75 years old running the trail as though it was the easiest thing in the world. The trail is named named after Jud Wiebe who designed the trail and passed away in 1986. Check out the aspen leaves!! This small tree had the first leaves I've seen this year.
View of the ski runs from the summit.
Aspen graffiti.
Crossing over to snow.
I was hoping that there wouldn't be any snow on the trail, but the shady portion does still have snow, packed down from so many hikers that were on the trail before us.
Descending back to town.
If you are interested in the lots for sale in these next two photos, you had better have a good architect.
I really liked the water running around the snow in this video. I need to say a big hello to Lois' grandson. Lois says that he loves to watch my waterfall videos. I thought he would enjoy this snow since he lives in Florida. Check out Lois' photos at Tallahassee Daily Photo. video

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cloudy Day at Woods Lake

Woods Lake is a short drive from Telluride, about 21 miles southwest and up Fall Creek Road. The lake sits at just over 9,000 feet in elevation and much of it still has a layer of ice and snow.
The campground looks pretty nice and may be a good place to camp this summer when we don't feel like driving very far, plus Maralee really wants to go fishing.
This area has the tallest aspen trees I've ever seen, and of course none of them have leaves yet. The gloomy skies made for some interesting photos.