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

Southwestern Colorado: Black Canyon of the Gunnison

September 28th, 2009 · No Comments

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My new lens is wonderful, but not enough. I realized today that I need a another prime lens to handle closer distances. Doug Goodin, a professional nature photographer who is a friend and mentor, recommends a 50mm lens. Maybe when I get this one I will be satisfied!

I’ve bought two photos of Colorado scenes and both of them grace my living room. Doug took one of them, and another professional nature photographer in Boulder, Peter Steele, took the other one. He calls it “Horse Crossing” and a low resolution version of it is online. Peter told me that he found this scene near the town of Marble, and since the road I was taking today went close to Marble I drove there to see if I could find the setting.

Here is a copy of the online version of Peter’s photo. The print that I have is a lot sharper:

"Horse Crossing" by Peter Steele

"Horse Crossing" by Peter Steele

While Peter was there in spring and I got there in the fall, this is same place:

More Horses

More Horses

I was headed toward the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the only national park in Colorado that I hadn’t experienced before. The National Parks attract me. We have 58 of them in this country now, and I have experienced just over half of them.

Today I visited the north rim of the canyon. Like the Grand Canyon (of the Colorado), it’s a long drive from the north rim to the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Comparisons with the Grand Canyon are inevitable. Black Canyon isn’t as deep but it is much narrower. The narrowest part of Black Canyon at the river is only 40 feet across and the rims are as close as 1100 feet across. The name comes from the darkness of this narrow canyon.

Another difference between Black Canyon and Grand Canyon was the absence of crowds today. At most of the viewpoints and short trails to the rim I was absolutely alone.

The View of The Narrows

The View of The Narrows

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From "Big Island" Viewpoint

"Chasm View"

"Chasm View"

Just as I need more lenses, the world needs these spectacular canyons.

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