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New Wildlife Image: Stag's Leap

Larry Weidel
 Stag’s Leap

Stag’s Leap

In a miraculous split-second shot, I caught this bull elk pre-flight.

My years of honing my reflexes through bow hunting serve me well now in a creative capacity.

It is always humbling to see such a magnificent creature overcoming the obstacles that mankind has set forth, taking the stumbling block in regal stride.

I see it as an inspirational metaphor and encouragement to us: face obstacles head-on and overcome. Take that leap of faith!

New Landscape: Maroon Bells Reflection

Larry Weidel
 Maroon Bells #2

Maroon Bells #2

Behold the most-photographed mountain in North America, Maroon Bells. in the fall when the aspen trees burst into a kaleidoscope of color, the lake is ringed with photographers.

From predawn to dusk, they come from all over the world to try to capture the pure alpine beauty.

A certain photographer, Mr. Ansel Adams, may have been responsible for this trend. Back in the 1950s, he took the seminal shot of the Bells in black and white.

This image is my homage to him.

NEW Series: Sopris Unveiling

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A Bird’s Eye View of Mount Sopris

Mount Sopris, like a sculpture, can only be fully appreciated from multiple angles.

This breathtaking and photogenic mountain stands sentinel, anchored to earth by a vast wall of mountain peaks and ridges. I got the opportunity to capture it from a bird’s eye view.

From these images we get a sense of the peak’s majestic dominance in the valley. The deeply scooped cirque beckons the eye to explore the inner terrain of the treacherous rock face. The deep shadows and bright highlights of the stones and snow illuminate the mind with delight.

Click over to the Sopris Series to see the full gallery. From the series page, click on the first image to enlarge it to full screen. Then click right to go through the images. 

New Abstract: Flood Tide

Larry Weidel
 Flood Tide

Flood Tide

I strive to find and document beauty.

There is so much anguish and dark drama in the world that it compels me to provide a counterpoint to the shock-and-horror imagery that is presented to us in the media and modern art world.

I empathize deeply with the travails of mankind, and by acknowledging suffering, I nurture my desire to encourage the viewer. Through this piece, I hope to allow others to step into the light and be engulfed and uplifted by the beauty that is everywhere.

New Abstract: Dappled Gray

Larry Weidel
 Dappled Gray

Dappled Gray

I have an overly developed trait: curiosity.

Every day I am fueled by the desire to explore and discover new things. Images. Places. People. Experiences. I look for the unexpected or simply for visual revelations that are hidden in plain sight. in doing so, I think of myself as a seeker and keeper of precious things, always searching for the proverbial Holy Grail to add to my photography collection.

New Abstract: Cosmology

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 Cosmology #3

Cosmology #3

A photographer’s camera is their paintbrush. Using it, I strive to create works that are familiar but also enigmatic.

In this study, there is a harmonious balance of color and form, a vibrant energy that invigorates and excites. The eye is encouraged to explore the surface.

The sensation of this piece is almost volcanic, as if we are seeing our planet from above. Clouds, oceans, and landforms come into focus, punctuated by splashes of vibrant color.

New Abstract: Monochrome World

Larry Weidel
 Monochrome Abstract #6

Monochrome Abstract #6

Through my lens, I like to capture moments in time . . .

For a fraction of a second, this spinning universe is paused. The chaos is halted, and order is established. Frozen, its beauty is fully revealed.

In this composition, I find a pattern frequency that is visually calming and meditative—a zen-like quality that soothes the soul. I am reminded of the early works of Harry Callahan, where he takes seemingly ordinary imagery and creates a study that is extraordinary.

New Landscape: Autumn Snow at Maroon Bells

Larry Weidel
 Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells

Minutes from Aspen, Colorado, I found myself in the heart of the wilderness, feeling as if I was light-years from civilization.

It is hard to describe the overwhelming sense of awe and wonder that one feels when standing by the edge of the pristine alpine lake with the Maroon Bells mountains dominating the horizon.

In a few miles, we are transported to another world, away from the cacophony of modern existence to the serenity of the alpine environment. Our senses are enriched by the soothing sounds of a gurgling stream or an eagle’s call. With my camera, I seek to immortalize the memory of these transcendent moments.

New Landscape: Breathtaking Mountain Scene

Larry Weidel
 Misty Mountain Hop #3

Misty Mountain Hop #3

Revelations come when least expected. When I commune with nature with my camera, the most incredible images tend to reveal themselves when I am patient.

Anticipating an opportunity, I am motivated to capture nature’s sublime beauty even in the most arduous conditions.

Dawn was breaking, and a shroud of cloud had enveloped the mountain ridge. As the winds shifted and the damp mist dissolved, I was rewarded with a tantalizing silhouette. I felt that I had been transported to a mythical place—a primal time where my soul was revitalized, and my mind was opened.

New Unique Abstract: Underwater Urban

Larry Weidel
 Underwater Urban

Underwater Urban

From afar, the blue tones and sporadic colors of this image evoke in my imagination the diversity of marine life.

Upon further inspection, it becomes apparent that it is art of a less organic kind.

As an abstract, it pulls from my mind both the remarkable brilliance of nature and the mortality of man, woven together to create a sensation as unique as the stretch of pavement where I captured it.

New Wildlife Image: Bull Elk in Velvet

Larry Weidel
 Bull Elk in Velvet #13

Bull Elk in Velvet #13

In the wilds of northern Colorado, Estes Park is filled with wildlife.

Elk descend from their northern tundra home to the warmer climates of Rocky Mountain National Park in the late summer. Their world is so alien from ours, yet we live alongside them, sharing a profoundly beautiful planet.

A bull elk, sporting an impressive set of velvet-covered antlers, contentedly browses the meadow flowers as I stand at a respectful distance with my camera. The opportunity to photograph these incredible creatures, to capture their wildness and beauty, never grows old. 

New Natural Abstract: Tree of Life

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 Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Earthy. Intriguing. Captivating. When I took this photograph, I was mesmerized by its alluring complexity. Life has an amazing way of creating symbiotic relationships. Humans don’t thrive in isolation, and neither do the sentinels of our world’s wildernesses.

On a walk, I saw many trees, but none captured the incredible intricacy and mystery of the forest world like this one. This image has an enduring tactile quality, exciting the senses and exuding a calming presence.

Lichen and fungus combine their colors and textures on a palette of tree bark to create a compelling abstract that is both thought-provoking and incredibly beautiful

New Black and White Adventure: Formations

Larry Weidel
 Formations

Formations

While photographing Pikes Peak, I became fascinated with these rock formations.

They reminded me of how wet sand forms when dripped from the hand of a child building castles. I noticed clouds were moving in and decided to see what would appear. I waited, camera in hand, hoping the clouds would cooperate by entering the frame in an aesthetically pleasing way.

The clouds soon covered the entire sky. Interesting, but not what I was going for. I took a few shots, but it wasn’t what I was after.

Then, moments later, a smaller cloud passed in front of the blanket of clouds in the back that mimicked the rock formations. I couldn't believe it! And that's how this photograph was born.

New Abstract Reflection: Aspen Dream

Larry Weidel
 Aspen Dream

Aspen Dream

Home to ski resorts and breathtaking scenery, Aspen is in a remote area situated in the Rockies.

Full of exciting adventures and an abundance of mountainous terrain covered in Aspen trees, it has a deep appeal to many.

Spending time here is a photographer's dream.

The vast landscapes change with each season, and each day brings new opportunities for exploration and inspiration.

New Landscape: Majesty, Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

Larry Weidel
 Majesty, Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

Majesty, Maroon Bells, Aspen, CO

While flying through the upper Maroon Creek Valley, a shaft of sunlight broke through the clouds to illuminate a grove of Aspen trees.

As I quickly focused my lens to capture the remarkable scene before me, the pilot informed us he was going to have to turn around and head back to the landing zone. The fuel was approaching dangerously low levels.

Determined to make the shot, I pleaded with the pilot for an extra 60 seconds. He said 10 seconds and that was it.

As he started to bank right, I managed to frame and capture this amazing moment.

Later the co-pilot joked that he was scoping out a clearing for an emergency landing. Luckily we made it back to the landing zone safe and sound, apparently running on fumes.

When I look at this image, I am struck by the beauty of the valley with the magnificent Maroon Bells shrouded by mist in the background.

New Landscape: Storm Rise

Larry Weidel
 Storm Rise

Storm Rise

In the West, afternoon clouds slowly build up in the summertime—sometimes bringing massive amounts of rain, lightning, and flash floods.

Thankfully the rains did not come on this particular day, but what did grace the skies was an ethereal formation of clouds, heightened by the interplay of light and shadow.

I had been stalking a small herd of pronghorn antelopes hoping to gather some wildlife images.

As I turned around to grab a different lens from my camera bag, I glanced up and was astounded by the incredible illumination of clouds. I had been so focused on the pronghorns that I was unaware of what was happening in the sky right over my shoulder.

The light conditions were superb, a rare combination of atmospheric conditions and a strikingly beautiful cloud composition.

New Abstract: Blue Notes #2

Larry Weidel
 Blue Notes #2

Blue Notes #2

If you are familiar with my work, you will know that one of my recurring themes is that beauty is all around us—sometimes hidden, sometimes in plain sight.

Fascinated with the patterns of bark and various types of moss on this tree trunk, I created a compelling composition of colors and natural elements.

The intricate details of which come alive when this image is enlarged.

NEW MoMA Series

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Visit to the Museum of Modern Art

Creative, witty, and educational, the MoMA series is a comment on the confusion the average person experiences when confronted face-to-face with dramatic statements of world-renowned abstract art.

You know you're looking at something everyone says is universally respected and praised, but you have no idea why. 

One of Bob Dylan's lines seems appropriate here, "You know something is happening, but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones." 

Click over to the MoMA Series to see the full series. From the series page, click on the first image to enlarge it to full screen. Then click right to go through the images. 

NEW Highlands Bowl Series

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Aerial Views of Highlands Bowl

Highlands Bowl is where the experts ski, and even they have never seen aerial views like this. 

A bucket list item for many, Highlands Bowl is arguably the most intense skiing in all of North America. The summit, which is only accessible by foot, descends from a peak of 12,382 feet.

What makes these images unique is the vantage point. There's simply no outcropping or higher peak anywhere around where you can really see what the climb to the ridge looks like.

Even if you are one of these rare people who have the billy goat-style stamina required to make this 45 minute trek carrying skis, snowboard, and/or backpack, you still never really walk over any spot that will allow you to get these same views. 

The helicopter, on the other hand, changes everything and makes all of these views possible. 

What made this day spectacular was the fact that it was the third weekend of March, which historically has the most skiers in town and we had just had a big snowfall the previous week. So the conditions all came together on this crystal clear, snow bird Colorado day. 

They say every day is different on the mountains, and this was one of the most spectacular. We were very fortunate to record it. 

View the Full Series

To see the full series, click over to the series page.

Since these images look spectacular in black and white, we also created a black and white Highland Bowl Series, which we call Highland Bowl B&W.