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How the Art Happens - Autumn Gold

January 24, 2024 - Autumn Gold After watching the aspen leaves change color for more than 30 autumns here around Crested Butte I can say...
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How the Art Happens - Full Blue Supermoon

December 27, 2023 - Full Blue Supermoon 2023 Last August we were blessed with two full moons in the same month. The second one is called...
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How the Art Happens - Fall is Looking Up

October 27, 2023 - Fall is Looking Up In a tall, golden, aspen forest looking straight up toward the sky is a popular concept. I have ma...
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How the Art Happens - Castle Magic

October 18, 2023 - Castle Magic The Castles are a commanding visual presence rising out of the West Elk Wilderness Area. They seem even...
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How the Art Happens - A Grove of Light

October 12, 2023 - A Grove of Light Last week I was asked to photograph a family retreat above a ghost town. The property is a gated pri...
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How the Art Happens - The Calico Forest

September 27, 2023 - The Calico Forest The Kebler Pass Road leading west from Crested Butte is highly regarded as one of the premiere fall...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Fall Panorama

September 20, 2023 - Crested Butte Fall Panorama Almost nine years ago, to the day, I photographed the peak of fall colors over Crested Bu...
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How the Art Happens - Ruby Owen and the Dyke

August 29, 2023 - Ruby, Owen, and the Dyke This is one of Colorado's most iconic fall color photographs. That's probably why it's never...
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How the Art Happens - Shiprock Summer Sunrise

August 18, 2023 - Shiprock Summer Sunrise I have wanted to photograph this vantage point for a few years. A few weeks ago I got the cha...
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How the Art Happens - Summer on Elk Avenue

August 09, 2023 - Summer On Elk Avenue I have wanted to make this photograph for years before finally making myself capture it in June.
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How the Art Happens - The Three Amigas

April 13, 2023 - The Three Amigas The Pasque Flower or Prairie Crocus is usually the first flower to bloom in spring around here. In o...
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How the Art Happens - The Survivor

April 05, 2023 - The Survivor I'm always surprised every spring when I see that this cabin has survived. I have to tip my hat to the p...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Mountain Summer

March 23, 2023 - Crested Butte Mountain Summer Crested Butte just broke 300" of snowfall for the season. We're not done yet either. Th...
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How the Art Happens - A Ghost of Summer

March 15, 2023 - A Ghost of Summer It was late October and I was enjoying breakfast at the counter of Paradise Cafe in downtown Creste...
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How the Art Happens - Lazy F Bar Ranch Under Snow

March 09, 2023 - Lazy F Bar Ranch Under Snow With over a foot of snow in the forecast for the weekend, I thought I would share a winte...
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How the Art Happens - Belleview Mountain Panorama

February 23, 2023 - Belleview Mountain Panorama Ansel Adams is quoted as saying "A good photograph is largely about where you stand". Thi...
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How the Art Happens - Springlight

February 07, 2023 - Springlight Every spring when the aspen trees transition from their bare winter branches to lush green foliage we get...
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How The Art Happens - The Last of the Winter Bones

May 28, 2022 - The Last of the Winter Bones It's finally starting to feel like spring again. Afternoon winds are melting the snow an...
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How the Art Happens - Kaleidoscope Gulch

October 26, 2021 - Kaleidoscope Gulch Some mornings I look out the window and wonder if it's going to be worth getting out of bed. It wa...
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How the Art Happens - Autumn Glory

October 21, 2021 - Autumn Glory Fall is my very favorite time of year. It's usually colorful, warm, and not as busy as the summer season...
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How the Art Happens - Autumn Reds

September 26, 2021 - How the Art Happens - Autumn Reds Every year about this time there are a few patches of aspen leaves that turn anywhe...
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How the Art Happens - Sunset at the Dike

May 19, 2021 - Sunset at the Dike The West Elk Loop scenic drive offers lots of opportunities for great landscape photos. This overloo...
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How the Art Happens - Making Mistakes

April 28, 2021 - Making Mistakes It seems like every spring we get a couple of days that remind us of what's to come temperature-wise.
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How the Art Happens - Cathedral

April 07, 2021 - Cathedral Springtime brings green grass and leaves along with flowers to most parts of our country. Life at 9,000 feet...
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How the Art Happens - Don't Call Me Skunk Cabbage

March 31, 2021 - Don't Call me Skunk Cabbage There's a plant in the high country that grows every spring in damp areas. It has huge, b...
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How the Art Happens - 4 Crosses - San Geronimo Church

January 06, 2021 - Four Crosses - San Geronimo Church I miss being able to travel. I love to travel. Especially in the southwest United St...
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How the Art Happens - Warm Wishes

December 24, 2020 - Warm Wishes This time of year I usually spend a few evenings and early mornings cruising the streets of Crested Butte...
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How the Art Happens - Elk Avenue Snow

December 02, 2020 - Elk Avenue Snow The winter of 2007-2008 brought record amounts of snow to the mountains of Colorado. In December, usual...
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How the Art Happens - What is it About Black and White

November 14, 2020 - What is it About Black and White? For many of the early decades of photography creating images in color was not an op...
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How the Art Happens - Crystal Mill Colors

October 14, 2020 - Crystal Mill Colors A few years ago after most of the leaves had fallen from the trees near my home I decided to make...
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How the Art Happens - Autumn Impressions

October 07, 2020 - Autumn Impressions I have always enjoyed the art created by the impressionist painters. I recently learned that many...
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How the Art Happens - Aspenshine

September 09, 2020 - Aspenshine I am fortunate to live in an area favored by many of the world's best artists for capturing fall foliage....
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How the Art Happens - Colorful Castles

September 02, 2020 - Colorful Castles As summertime starts to wane in the higher elevations of Colorado, we all are beginning to wonder wh...
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How the Art Happens - Snow Tango 2

August 27, 2020 - Snow Tango Part 2 This morning at breakfast one of the other "regulars" at Paradise Cafe mentioned that part of this...
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How the Art Happens - East River Magic

August 17, 2020 - East River Magic by Dusty Demerson Some scenes just capture your soul. The meanders of the East River near my home i...
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Top 10 Tips for Great Wildflower Photography From the Wildflower Capital of Colorado

July 21, 2020 - The Top 10 Tips for Great Wildflower Photos from the Wildflower Capital of Colorado Crested Butte has been celebrated...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Cottonwood Colors

June 24, 2020 - Crested Butte Cottonwood Colors Most of my best photographs for the past 10 years or so have been somewhat planned. S...
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How the Art Happens - Spring Whispers

June 03, 2020 - Spring Whispers As the cold, bare, signs of winter give way to spring, the landscape slowly changes flavors to margar...
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How the Art Happens - Aspen Greening

May 27, 2020 - Aspen Greening It's that time again. Finally! This spring has, seemingly, lasted forever and has only recently result...
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How the Art Happens - Clearing Storm, Artist Point, Monument Valley, Arizona

May 13, 2020 - Clearing Storm, Artist Point, Monument Valley, Arizona Monument Valley is one of the most overwhelming and amazing la...
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How the Art Happens - Half Dome Sunset

April 29, 2020 - Half Dome Sunset Many years ago, I found myself in Yosemite National Park in early November. I had spent a few days d...
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How the Art Happens - Crested Butte Mountain Alpenglow

April 23, 2020 - Crested Butte Mountain Alpenglow Sometimes my photos are just waiting by the side of the road, right around a turn. O...
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How the Art Happens - San Francisco de Asis Mission Church

April 15, 2020 - San Francisco de Asis Mission Church I love the architecture and materials used to create the Spanish missions in New...
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How the Art Happens - Inside Tony's

April 08, 2020 - Inside Tony's When I first moved to Crested Butte, Colorado, I lived in the middle of downtown above the bakery. I wa...
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How the Art Happens - Priorities

March 30, 2020 - Priorities The long-gone mining days of Crested Butte have left their marks on the architecture and decor of this col...
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How the Art Happens - Paradise Divide Winter Panorama

March 18, 2020 - Paradise Divide Winter Panorama I sure wish I was better at this new "social distancing" thing we're supposed to be p...
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How the Art Happens - Mystical Canyon Light

March 11, 2020 - Mystical Canyon Light Several years ago I decided I needed to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in search of th...
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How My Business Was Saved By a 13-Year-Old Laptop Computer

February 26, 2020 - How My Business Was Saved By a 13-Year-Old Laptop Computer I usually save major changes to my business until early in...
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How the Art Happens - Mount Crested Butte Winter Panorama

February 19, 2020 - Mount Crested Butte Winter Panorama Sometime back in the early 1970's someone climbed to the top of Sunlight Ridge ju...
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How the Art Happens - That's Why They Call Her The Red Lady

February 12, 2020 - That's Why They Call Her The Red Lady Some days I just can't catch a break. A bunch of years ago, after a long day at...
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How the Art Happens - At the Edge of Autumn

October 09, 2019 - At the Edge of Autumn Most of us photographers like to make our photos on the edges. Sunset and sunrise are the edges...
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5 Must-See Places for Crested Butte Fall Color

September 24, 2015 - Local pro photographers never miss these locations during the fabulous fall color extravaganza around Crested Butte, Col...
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