Mountain Shadows: A Neighborhood Ravaged By Fire

The Mountain Shadows subdivision of Colorado Springs was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon Fire on June 26, 2012. The area is an urban interface with the wilderness of Colorado coming right up to some doorsteps. It is an area the local fire department has known was susceptible to a major wildfire for many years. These photos were…

Firestorm: The Waldo Canyon Fire

The Waldo Canyon Fire was sparked on Saturday afternoon, June 23, 2012. Over the next three days, it scorched more than 18,000 acres and destroyed 346 homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colorado. On June 26, the fire became the most destructive in terms of property value in Colorado history. There were two…

Colorado’s Hayman Fire: 10 Years Later

The Hayman fire was originally sparked on June 8, 2002 by a forestry worker who was distraught over a failed relationship. She reportedly was burning love letters from her estranged husband during a Total Burn Ban due to a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service. Because of the extremely dry conditions, an overabundance of…

Street Scenes: Denver’s 16th Street Mall

Denver’s 16th Street Mall is a bustling place filled with music, art, recreation, shopping, lots of good food, and lots of people!  After a recent meeting, it seemed like a good opportunity to just wander and take in the sights, sounds and smells that make up the scene. Originally a busy retail street in the…

Aftermath of a Forest Fire

With all the forest fires going on lately, I’ve been reminded of a trip a few years ago to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Like many of the wildfires in Colorado today, this fire was sparked by lightning. The blaze began more than 30 days before. And while it is not certain when…

Sedona, Arizona’s Vortex Energy

From Native American spirits to New Age spiritualism, there is a definite energy in the air of Sedona, Arizona. Most locals will tell you it originates from vortexes in the area, notably at Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and others. Originally home to the Yavapai and Apache tribes, they were removed by force to the San…

Hands Across The Chinese

There is something, I don’t know … magnetic … about the hand prints in the world-famous courtyard at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.  More so than the footprints, the hand prints seem to beckon to people to try them on for size, even when there is a clear mismatch! The attraction seems to be universal to young…

Foot Traffic in Hollywood Courtyards

As a photographer, sometimes you find yourself looking at things differently than those around you.  And as a Hollywood red carpet photographer, you’re often in the same place time after time after time, but most of the time, too busy to just observe. Such is the case with the world-famous courtyard at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre…

USAF Thunderbirds Precision Flying Team

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds recently performed at the 2012 graduation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The day before, I was able to watch them practice from a hilltop nearby. Click the thumbnails below to view full-size photos. While it had been a partly cloudy morning, the clouds…