Not all commutes are created equal. Lyons, Colorado.
All images Copyright Brent Daniel, 2017. All rights reserved.
The granite spine of the Sangre de Cristo Range rises to form the eastern wall of Colorado's San Luis Valley, an area sufficiently grand in scale that the entirety of the state of Connecticut and its 3.6 million inhabitants would fit comfortably within it. Much of the San Luis Valley, by comparison, has a population density of exactly zero. Great Sand Dunes National Park lies just to the south, quietly plucking sand grains from the wind as it rises against the shoulder of the Sangres.
A string of uninhabited, white-sand barrier islands lies just a dozen miles off the southern coast of Mississippi and Alabama. Autumn thunderstorms smolder, here, out over the open Gulf of Mexico during a multi-day sea kayaking trip.
An ancient stump mirrors a thunderhead building over the Mississippi coast.
Layer Cake. Smoke from distant fires in the Gore Range and Williams Fork Mountains settles into the foothills along Colorado’s Front Range.
Nuclear Physics, Gravitational Pulls, and Love. The same astronomical process has been going on every evening for more than four billion years. The sun rises. The sun sets. Still, some days it's worth making time to appreciate the things we take completely for granted. Wailea, Maui.
Wailea Beach, Maui.
And on the right side of the vehicle, ... Heaven. I don't know about you, but the little farm with the red roofs looks pretty close to paradise to me... Kahakuloa, Maui.
Sunrise. 86 degrees. 90% humidity. One doesn’t sleep easy in a tent in the Arkansas delta in mid-summer. Lake Chicot State Park, Arkansas.
Some of my favorite images invite you into them. Shall we go for a walk down a country lane on this summer's eve? The air is still and evening cool, thick with the scent of fresh cut hay. Bells on the dairy cows beckon in the distance.
A walk in the foothills of the Rockies on an early winter's evening. Near Lyons, Colorado.
Deep in the backcountry of the Ozark Mountains, near a wide bend in the Buffalo River.
Rudy is an American White Pelican that was brought into a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Colorado with a fractured ulna. Rudy weighed nearly 20 pounds and had a wingspan of 9+ feet. He spent months in rehab, letting his fracture heal and regaining muscle mass, before being released back into a squadron of pelicans on a beautiful lake along Colorado's Front Range.