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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Boulder Creek

November 11th, 2008 · No Comments

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We still have neither snow nor sun in Boulder. But that didn’t stop me on my rounds of fitness and photography for fun this morning.

The temperature was literally freezing. But in the absence of wind and in the presence of my hand warmers, I was comfortable.

I got to the trailhead before sunrise. Wasn’t hard to do, considering that in theory at least the sun rose at 6:42 a.m. this morning. But I looked in vain for sunshine.

The trailhead was the same parking lot that I use when I visit the main Boulder Public Library. The Boulder Creek Trail is an oasis in the city, nestled right between downtown Boulder’s two major east-west streets, Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard.

While the trail runs for miles alongside the creek, the most beautiful part of it starts at the library and goes west to Eben G. Fine Park. That’s where I maintained my fitness and took my photographs today. I hiked for about an hour and took 101 photographs of just four scenes.

Maybe that was a bit of shooter’s overkill. But I bracketed the exposure (that’s three shots at once) and also varied the shutter speed at each scene.

Just past the library I came to one of my favorite parts of the creek. Here is the Evert Pierson Kid’s Fishing Pond.

Kids\' Fishing Pond

Kids' Fishing Pond

Next, I looked up and saw Boulder’s famous Red Rocks right above Settlers’ Park.

Red Rocks

Red Rocks

The creek itself often called for me to capture it. Here’s where I listened.

Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek

The rocks at the water are a scene of primordial beauty. But I don’t understand how the rocks in the picture below can maintain their pose.

Rock Sculpture

Rock Sculpture

Photography is a medium of light. But as these shots show, we don’t need much of it to capture the beauty in the world where we live.

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