Sunday, December 31, 2006

Parting Shot

hile the subject is not unique to Delta, the lack of humidity in this area does tend to make thing in the sky rather clear as this shot attests.

Good by 2006, hello 2007!

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

ack on September 9th, I predicted that the flowers would “succumb to another fall” before he made his move. I was right.

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Destination

It does not matter the time of year, bring your swim suite and relax in the world’s largest hot spring pool!

So what was the subject of the picture from the 26th? Will you win the prize? Check this posts comments tomorrow morning for the winner.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Climb High

The road climbs high into the mountains, cresting at 8755 feet above sea level, passing many aspen along the way.

Any idea where we are headed? See the past two posts for more info.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Aspen at Altitude

These aspen trees, around an hour from home, have long since shed their leaves. They patiently wait for the warm spring that will surely bring them back to life.
Hint: You will not likely be able to figure out what yesterdays picture was without first figuring out where we were headed.
See yesterdays post for contest details.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

What is this?

So what is this you ask…..I ask you the same thing, and there is a prize for the first and/or closest correct guess! I will decide who got close enough the soonest. Protests will be accepted, but most likely ignored. The judge’s (me) decision is final (more or less).

This unaltered picture was taken on a recent overnight trip, and the first person who correctly guesses what it is & where it was taken will get a matted copy (sorry, you will need to supply your own frame) of any one print they select that was published on Delta Daily Photo so far this year. The winner will get to select the print size (up to 8 ½” x 11”) and/or matting size (up 10” x 13”). There will be a total of 3 more photos in this series that may (or may not) help you figure out what and where this was taken. Good Luck!

I will not comment on any answers until after the final post has been available for a day. Friends and family who know where we went are not eligible to win!

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Reason For The Season

The reason for the season is all too often forgotten as life overwhelms us this time of year, so we sincerely offer this simple well known prayer for each of you this holiday season:

May The Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

God’s Speed in 2007,
Bill & Patrice

Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Winter Wonderland

rand Mesa is the world’s larges flat top mountain, leveling out over 10,000 feet. The top is covered with lakes and trees, and provides a perfect place for summer and winter activities. It may be warm down in Delta, but Cross Country skiing, show showing, skating, or snowmobiling are all easily an hour away, starting early in the fall, and lasting late into the spring.

Saturday, December 23, 2006


Mount Sneffles (now don't make fun of the name) rises over 14,000 feet some 50 miles to the south of Delta. It sits right in the middle, as if the king, of a wall of rock that dares you to pass. There are ways around, and if you are willing, the wonders that await you on the other side are worth the effort.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Fine Jewelers

So I have my grandfather’s old pocket watch that needs to be repaired. Considering that this shot was taken around 8:30am, I was not really sure these guys were really the ones to fix it. However, shortly after taking this shot, I noticed that the time was again correct, so my fears may be unfounded.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

That’s Gonna leave a Stain

Does anyone know how to get rainbow stains out of carpet?

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Grid

Warning: keep your airplanes and helicopters out of this area. Tractors are ok however.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Clear Fields

The fields are clear, ready to be worked again in the spring.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

First Church in the Corn

Ok, did anyone get the license plate number of that wise guy in the combine?

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Light On The Dobies

The sun was playing games on the Dobies this cold afternoon, and the hills responded well. If you want to see more of my Dobie shots, click here.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas Parade

Back on December 1st, we had the town's Christmas "Parade of Lights". There were 67 floats! Not bad for such a small town. The streets were lined with many braving the cold night air. It is amazing what you can do with lights!

You can see the entire parade here.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Back In The Valley

The trip lasted just under 3 hours, and as we floated to these bridges, we knew it would soon be over, but I must tell you, it was a very unique trip. Thanks Riley for a completely unexpected adventure! Riley’s website is I don’t know if this trip is on his site, but you can always ask!

All my photos for the trip can be found here.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.....

P.S. Dan, this will be my last river pic for a while :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Peace Flows Like A River

It is amazing how the cares of the world go away in a place like this.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Did I mention it was cold out here? Don’t rock the boat!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Follow The Leader

Did you guys look at the calendar? Yea, head South, now!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Oarsman

Riley was the oarsman for this trip, and a capable one at that. While these are not the largest rapids you will ever see, extreme care is needed when you are in single digit temps (for my non US friends, think -12). Fortunately, we did not get wet at all! One other benefit of having an expert oarsman is that he would position the boat exactly right based on where I was pointing the camera. As I was twisting to track the eagle, he was smoothly and quickly turning the craft to make so I did not need to twist my head off, or fall off the boat. That was very much appreciated!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Rivers Edge

The cliffs at the rivers edge put on a show as well.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Row Row Row Your Boat

The Oars were mainly used for steering as the current kept us moving through this winter wonderland.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Fuzzy Eagle

The amount of wildlife you can see floating in December is amazing. We saw a number of Eagles, a Falcon, Blue Herrings, ducks, and deer. This shot, while a bit fuzzy, shows you one of our visitors. Considering that I was leaning backwards in a lawn chair, floating down a river, using a long lens, trying to track our friend, I thought it turned out ok.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

On The Water

We got the boat launched with no issues, and the day could not have been better. It was cold, but we were dressed warm, there was very little wind, and the river was calm (at least this part). You can see the road we came down on the hill side ahead. What a day for a float!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

What Could Possibly Go Wrong

I walked a bit on the road (no, I was not scared), and turned around to see where we had come from. This is not your typical boat launch.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Snow Boating

About an hour and 40 minutes after the chance meeting described in yesterday’s post I found myself riding through these snow covered canyons, pulling a boat. Dorothy mentioned that when they come through here in the summer, it is all desert, and it seems odd to be pulling a boat through the desert. I am thinking that this is just as odd. For the record, I had my Canon D60, a long lens, and my Sony HDR-HC1 (High Def Video camera) all snug in a large water cooler. Hey, it is a good idea!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

A Chance Meeting

Yesterday morning, I was driving home at around 8:30am from a Men’s prayer breakfast at church, and I decided to pass someone who was moving slower than my desired rate of return. As I crossed the Gunnison River, the view to my right caught my eye. The outside temperature was about +9 Fahrenheit, and steam was rising off the river. I quickly went to the next road, and pulled off. I patiently waited for the road to clear (hello again) then backtracked to the bridge. Today’s photo is one of the results of that stop.

As I finished shooting, I saw a man walking across the bridge, carrying a picnic style water cooler. I asked if he needed a ride. He smiled and said no, I live over there, and I am just out taking pictures……I eyed the water cooler, and he smiled again, saying it keeps dry things dry, and wet things wet….Huh? He was carrying his camera in the cooler to protect it.

It turns out that Riley is an outfitter, and runs rafting trips on the Gunnison as one of his endeavors, which suddenly makes all this seem completely reasonable. We got talking, and he asked if I could row. I mentioned that I had been wanting to paddle the river all summer, but had not been able to. He asked if I wanted to do a float trip? I said sure, and he said how about in an hour……Hey I could get some great pictures I thought as it dawned on me how absurdly cold is was…….So an hour or so later I found my self with Riley & his wife Dorothy ( she was dropping us off, but not crazy enough to do the river with us) driving across snow packed roads to get to the put in point. Stay tuned for the next few days to see some pics from that adventure.

The things I do for DDP……….

Saturday, December 02, 2006

A Blanket of White

The sounds of the motorcycles have faded away, and the tree that once tried to impress the cows with its color has given up. It now sits quietly, in stark contract to the fresh snow that blankets the Dobies, waiting for spring.