Calendar Photo of the Month- July 2015 (Part 2 of 2)

Every year I put together a calendar of my favorite images of the year. I order a couple for me, and one for my friend Bill. This year, Bill asked for more information about each photo to give it some context. And thus was born a recurring series on this blog. Every month I’ll take the photo from that month’s calendar page and tell the story behind it.

My 2015 calendar had a landscape orientation, but I had a number of vertical shots that I wanted to include. So for the month of July, I had two portrait orientation photos side by side- both waterfall shots.

As described in my last post, we took a family trip in late July and early August. After visiting Steamboat Springs, we traveled west to Dinosaur National Monument.

Part of the visit was a backpacking trip along Jones Creek. Dinosaur is a desert, but Jones Creek is a crystal-clear trout stream that springs out of the ground and travels for four short miles before entering the muddy Green River. This stream transforms a small canyon from desert to lush oasis, with plentiful trees, plants, and bighorn sheep. Midway down the stream is a backcountry campsite, and we spent a delightful night there after day hiking to the Green River.

The next day we started back for home, but before we did we explored a side canyon formed by Ely Creek, a tributary of Jones Creek. The creek formed a small waterfall. I still had my tripod and Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter with me, allowing me to take a super-long exposure. Dorinna and Nate played in the stream while I set up to take the shot.

Technical Details: Canon 7D, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at 17mm, 30 sec at f/18, ISO 100.