Calendar Photo of the Month- December 2015

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.

After Nate’s first backpack in Dinosaur National Monument we found a campsite at Split Mountain campground. Split Mountain was named by John Wesley Powell on his historic first trip down the Green and Colorado rivers. As you can imagine, the Green Mountain cuts a small canyon through the mountain, splitting it in half. We’ve stayed in this campground before, and I think it’s one of the nicest in the southwest. Green shady cottonwoods provide a small oasis for campers. This shot was taken just prior to sunset by climbing a small hill next to the campground.

Technical Details: Canon 7D, EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS at 53mm, 1/200 sec at f/6.3, ISO 400.