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Lenticular clouds, often looking like flying saucers, may form as moist air flows over a mountain range. Here, lenticulars have formed on the downwind side of the Front Range near Boulder. (This photo took 6th place in Digital Photography Review’s Aleatoric Forms: Open Subjects from Abstract Mediums challenge.)

Road to Perdition: Ground Level

I went on a photographic walk-about this afternoon in a place that might best be described as Nowhere, CO. Except that once I opened my eyes I saw that this place, like all places, really, was definitely somehwere. I just had to get past the superficial optics of a new suburban subdivision many miles from anywhere with a large section that was abandoned before any little boxes made of ticky tacky could actually get constructed. This is the Land of Foreclosure, the United States of Bust, the locus of the American Nightmare. Superficially, it was a scene so cliché that there was even a bobbing petroleum pump jack, with fully and partially finished ticky tacky behind it tempting me to pretend that I could do better than Robert Adams. Instead, I dropped to my knees. This was the result.

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Wild weather

A thunderstorm cell with bulging mammatus clouds on its underside passes over Boulder, Colorado late in the afternoon of Aug. 2, bringing brief gusty winds and a little rain. (Shot with an iPhone and processed with Camera+ using the ‘clarity’ setting. Copyright: Tom Yulsman)

As with much of the country, we’ve been suffering through extraordinary heat and drought here in Colorado.  Continue reading


These cottonwoods are old friends — I see them on many of my runs west of Niwot, Colorado. And I’ve shot many pictures of them. This double exposure, with a Mamiya medium format film camera (Fuji Velvia 120 film, at ISO 100) was a happy (or perhaps for some viewers, an unhappy) accident: I forgot to advance the film.


Cars stream north out of Boulder. Were they aware of the spectacle behind them? (Shot on Fuji Velvia 120 transparency film, ISO 100, with a Mamiya C220 camera. A relatively low-resolution scan with very minimal post-processing — in other words, this is pretty much the way it looked right out of the camera. Copyright: Tom Yulsman)