Please click on image to see a larger version.
It’s fun to explore Open Space land throughout the Boulder, Colorado (United States) area, much of which is wetlands or meadows. Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space program was started in the mid-1960s by people interested in protecting land from rapid development. At that time, there were fewer than 130,000 people living in Boulder County. Now, there are nearly 300,000. Today, Boulder County owns or oversees almost 94,000 acres of open space. On a bone–chillingly cold January morning, this image was captured on some of that land. The view faces west, and includes some of the high peaks in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and surrounding areas. Boulder Valley, including the city of Boulder (pop. 100,000), lies close nearby, but lower in elevation between this location and the foothills. It may as well be a thousand miles away, because out in these lands you feel like the earliest settlers must have felt, so complete is the solitude and absence of development. I made this photo because of its simplicity of composition, and the way the tracks lead the eye toward the mountains. There is nothing like a frigid Colorado winter morning out in the country, when the stillness is as pristine as the freshly–fallen snow!
The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, an EF 35mm 1.4L lens, and Velvia 100 film.