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Brush With Luck by Jacob-Routzahn
Brush With Luck
Brush With Luck

For quite some time I had wanted to backpack into the cirque and capture something few have so far. So, with a four day weekend presenting itself in early August, I called up my buddy Ryan White to see if he was interested in possibly hiking deep into the Wind River Range. So, hut two, we meet up and head out from Northern Colorado to our destination a few months later. 

After hours of driving on highways, and hours driving down gravel roads, we finally reach the trailhead after missing a broken sign that was suppose to mark the way. Upon arriving, the wind in our sails really died once we saw the 75 - 100 cars in the parking area. I mean we were in the middle of nowhere, and every Tom, Dick and Harry is out here. We contemplate whether to bail and head North to the Tetons, or just stick it out. Ultimately we decide to stick to the original plan.

So, here we are, nerves on edge knowing we've got a nine mile hike ahead of us with 50 lbs on the back and significant elevation changes. The funny thing is before we set out, we know we got it, but you also know this is going to be arduous. 

The first six miles are the easy ones and we chew them up and spit them out. Then we hit the main course. Lovely elevation gains two separate times with a boulder field crossing that did a number on my elbow. Climbing up the third pass gives you a breathtaking overlook of the cirque. You just sit there and stare. You soak it in, so that on the days when you are escaping the world through day dreams, you've got the perfect retreat. 

We hoof it down into the valley, set up camp and begin exploring. Wonderful creeks pool and wind their way through the valley bottom, pouring over the falls as they exit towards Lonesome Lake. 

As dusk approaches, the hunt for the perfect shot is still underway. Soon the color begins to form while I'm tinkering with a low angle shot along the creek bed. But as the clouds shift, it is clear I need to head towards the falls. Ryan is there blasting away shots. I join and before long, the sky erupts. Yellows and oranges are glowing everywhere as the rain and hail begin to fall from the sky. Coming away with a clean image was a miracle in itself. 

As the light fades, we cover our gear and head back to camp. Here we grab a bite to eat and discuss our plans for shooting at night. We joke about Murphy's Law and it absence this evening. Most of all, we're just where we want to be, with full bellies, and the light is perfect.


Jacob Routzahn
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
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Current Residence: Fort Collins, CO

Print preference: Fuji Crystal Archive

Favourite genre of music: All sorts

Favourite photographer: Nick Brandt, Ansel Adams, the Westons, Marc Adamus, Ian Plant, Guy Tal, Galen Rowell

Favourite style of art: Photography

Operating System: PC

MP3 player of choice: I-Pod

Favourite cartoon character: Cartman or Butters

Personal Quote: Get at it
  • Drinking: Dig Seasonal Ale
I haven't written a journal in ions but pretty much this one is to give my wife a shout out for being so good to my daughter and I.  She started a GoFundMe article and wrote some pretty amazing things.  If you are interested in reading it, click on the link

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Colonel-Knight-Rider Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Happy birthday, Jacob! :cake: :party:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016   General Artist
Happy Birthday :)
ZielinskiMaciej Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!!HugHave your cake and eat it tooParty
Anoya Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016   Photographer
Happy birthday! :party:
KarmaPunch Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Happy birthday!
holymacro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
Happy Birthday!!!May you have a awesome day and many more!!!God bless!Hugs!  Glen:icontoyhorseplz:  :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:
hawkwing22 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You have some awesome photography :D
Jacob-Routzahn Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :D
hawkwing22 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :D
Lileywhite Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Happy B-Day!
   Happy Birthday Godliek :D 
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