Posts Tagged With: Ouray

Ouray Ice Fest 2015

I’m sorry for my absence from this page, it has been way too long since I posted any photos on here! I’ve been posting on Instagram quite a bit, and my Facebook page, too. I’m going to try to post highlights on here every time I do a Facebook post, then I’ll link to the full photo set that I put on my Facebook page.
On that note, here are a few from my latest photo event, the 2015 Ouray Ice Climbing Festival!

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Motorcycle Trips and PhotoStudio 6

A couple of weekends ago I took a trip to the wonderful (and luckily close-by) Ouray, Colorado with my husband on our big, loud Yamaha RoadStar cruiser. We spent the night at the Box Canyon Lodge, which is an amazing place to stay if you ever get the chance. They have fabulous rooms, spring-fed hot tubs, amazing views, and since it is in Ouray it is within walking distance of everything. On Sunday we drove over Red Mountain Pass to the town of Silverton for lunch. Before we stopped we drove up Molas Pass a little way and found a caravan of Ford test vehicles at the overlook. Including a future model Mustang. It Was Gorgeous.

A few days ago I finally bought the editing software that I downloaded a trial of a long time ago and really liked. ArcSoft PhotoStudio6. It’s simple to use, feature-rich, and works wonderfully. It has HDR and RAW editing features, great enhancement ability and pretty much every other feature I could ask for. I only have two minor complaints: the first would be that you can’t reorder layers, they are stacked on the front as you make them, the second is that there are no fancy presets for HDR editing. The sliders work well, but some ‘artistic’ presets would be a nice addition. I’m more than happy that I finally decided to actually buy it.

Here are the results of the two combined – the trip and the software.


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Ice Climbing for a Minute

I made it down to Ouray this weekend for a bit of the annual Ice Fest. When my oldest munchkin and I arrived Sunday morning for the speed competition the weather could not have been better, save a couple of upward degrees. It was overcast, calm, and only a little chilly. Perfect weather for ice climbing, and more importantly, perfect for pictures. We walked across the bridge over the canyon and all the way around the top of the climbing area taking a few photos and bidding good morning to some climbers on our way around.

We got to the parking lot at the far end and turned around just before the wind hit and the snow blew in. It was instant. I’m not even joking. Nothing, a few flurries, then Bam! Two-inch-an-hour blizzard! We left just before the competition started due to my lack of weather protection for my camera and also the munchkin getting quite unhappy about the violently blowing snow in her face.

Needless to say, I didn’t get terribly many pictures this year at Ice Fest. However, I got a few good shots, and as a bonus I got to try out my new monopod (It’s a Sunpak, just a $25 cheapy stick, but I absolutely love it!).

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Mud Fest 2013

This past weekend (April 26-28) was the second annual Ouray County Mud Fest in Ridgway, Colorado. It was a great weekend of spectacular, muddy fun! Like everyone else that was there, I am very glad that the Mud Fest has been made an annual event in Ridgway. All of the event coordinators, vendors, and sponsors did a wonderful job.

I was slightly disappointed in the fact that I only got to attend Sunday’s events, but even one day was well worth it. Just on Sunday there were side-by-side mud run finals, 4×4 finals and exhibition, and the truck pull – along with a bunch of family-friendly activities (even some that weren’t mud-related!).

Hopefully next year I’ll be able to make it out for the whole weekend, but here are my highlights from Sunday’s events.


If you want to see more truck (and tractor) pull pictures you might enjoy my post from the 2012 Montrose County Fair truck pull.

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Ouray Ice Festival 2013

Today was the first day of the annual Ice Festival in beautiful Ouray, Colorado, so I took my munchkins and headed out to watch some of the world-class ice climbing. It was a warm, slightly overcast, gorgeous day – a very nice break from the weeks of bitter cold that has hovered over Western Colorado lately. There are climbers from all over the world climbing the canyons of Ouray this weekend.

Here are the highlights of the day’s activities…

The festival is going on through Sunday, so if you’re able to get to Ouray, it’s worth the trip.

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