It’s that time of year again, when I have returned from my week of physical punishment that I spend the rest of the year training and working out for… my annual backpacking trip along the Colorado Trail with my 3 siblings and sister-in-law. I look forward to this trip each year, not because of the time away from my family or time off of work, but because this is my annual goal that I train to accomplish, and I get to spend the most time of the entire year with by brother and sisters which as we have become adults, is much harder to achieve then when we were kids. We get to talk for hours on end if we want, we get to see some amazing things together, we get to create new memories with each other, and we get to accomplish a big achievement together. Not all siblings could do something like this, but we know how to work together, help each other, and really we just all get along and love each other, so it makes the trip pretty easy to do.
It’s hard to make myself not share all of the pictures of my travels, but seeing as how I have probably 500 pictures to share, not including anything I took on my phone… I have to make myself choose some favorites and only post those. Every year the scenery changes a little along this trail. Some sections are the same no matter where you are along the 485 miles, but there are always some unique spots to capture as we traverse this dirt and rock path.
The following pictures are some of my favorites from this year, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. This is one of my motivations for making this trip each year, the photographs I’ll come home with that are taken in places that most people would never set foot. These pictures cover the walls in my home, my computers, phones, and even my sibling’s homes. Please, if you are interested in any of this artwork for yourself, consider ordering a print from us that you can frame and enjoy forever.
This first batch of pictures are a variety of my favorite color and B&W shots from this year, we saw some interesting views and some beautiful water crossings along our path. At first glance each year seems like we are looking at the same trees and rocks, but if you pay close enough attention, you can find some very unique changes to the scenery as we hike hundreds of miles through the mountains.
This second batch consists of the panoramic shots that are my favorites. These shots are all taken with no tripod, and are a series of images taken separately and stitched together in Lightroom after I return to civilization. The computer does a lot of the work, but when shooting these you do have to be careful to stay steady and follow a specific path of movement while shooting to end up with good results. I’ve learned a few tricks over the years at how to do this, hopefully you enjoy the results!