More than 20,000 cranes descend on Colorado’s San Luis Valley at the end of each winter, like the ones pictured in this photo essay, featuring work from photographers Guy Schmickle, Bob Karcz and more.
In the old days, ice climbing meant trespassing on mining company land to scale frozen waterfalls. Now ice climbers have a free ice park and their very own festival in the southwest Colorado town of Ouray
Spring too often seems to take its time arriving in the Colorado Rockies. However, when spring does turn up, it hangs around until autumn. When it is summer on the Plains, folks living on the flatlands always can find glorious spring somewhere in the mountains by driving, hiking or riding horseback to different elevations.
Hummingbirds dart in and out of view in the blink of an eye, their wings beating 60 times a second. Photographer Dick Orleans uses skill and patience to capture fleeting images of the tiny travelers that have flown across the continent for a springtime sojourn in the Rockies.