Durango, Colorado, home to Open Shutter Gallery where my solo show opened last week, is “one of the happiest” (Durango Area Tourism) towns in all of Colorado. It is easy to understand why the locals choose to live there with its stunning scenery, easy going life style and charming, welcoming people. In 1880, the town was established by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad whose full sized steam engines and cars still run several times daily from Durango to Silverton.
The town is surrounded by vivid and contrasting landscapes from the red sandstone bluffs of the Animas River to the craggy peaks of the majestic San Juan Mountains. So I took advantage of a little down time to explore and capture some of the beauty unique to this area. Morning is one of my favorite times to shoot, so I found myself at Molas Pass at 5:00 am waiting for the sun to rise. At an 11,000 foot altitude, it was 38 degrees in the summer! Don’t forget your jacket, I almost did.
Durango is filled with an abundance of great restaurants, art galleries, historic sites, and even movie locations for several well-known films including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And don’t be surprised if you stumble upon elk, moose, bears, and deer – sometimes just walking down the street. It was also my good fortune that the week I was visiting, the local fair was in town. That was a fun bonus.
I only had a narrow window of time to stay in Durango, but could have easily spent weeks there photographing its magnificent beauty. I owe Margy Dudley a huge thank you for inviting me to exhibit my work at her Open Shutter Gallery. The exhibit runs through October 8th, so stop in if you find yourself in the area.