Capitol Dawn print from Casey Mac Photo

Fresh Shots: Dawn at Capitol Peak

This is my favorite mountain in Colorado. I have a personal relationship with Capitol Peak. It’s the first mountain I ever tried to climb, unsuccessfully. Turns out, it’s one of the most difficult in Colorado to summit. Since, I’ve returned three more times. Kicked off by a thunderstorm once, took a tumble on a loose rock the second time, and summited the fourth. Every time I look at photographs of this mountain, our history together makes me smile.

Capitol Peak used to be one of Colorado’s best kept secrets, but lately the trailhead has gained some popularity. Capitol Lake at the base of Capitol Peak, however, remains as serene as ever. Living in California makes it difficult to head back east, but I usually get back once a year around fall season. Capitol will always sit high on my list of places to return.

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Endless field of sunflowers during August season in Colorado

Fresh Shots: Colorado Sunflowers

About This Photo

Outside of it’s reputation for the mountains in the west, Colorado’s eastern plains provide a different kind of beauty. Each year, summertime is brought to a close by the blooming fields of sunflowers in early August. Lasting around three weeks before they begin to die, the yellow fields travel on as far as the eye can see. The farmers move the fields move each year, so sometime’s they are difficult to find. The best area to begin a search is just south of Denver International Airport. An old wives tale says that sunflowers follow the sun east to west as it moves across the sky, but when the sun sets in the west, these sunflowers were still facing east allowing me to shoot into the setting sun.

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1/4 seconds @f/14 ISO 400 Focal Length: 95mm

Date / Time

August 17, 2011 7:03PM MST

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July 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Window to Capitol Peak

When two good friends pay a visit from California I have to bring out all the goods and show them the best locations to photograph in Colorado. Michael Bonocore, Natalia Stone, and I spent all night photographing the Milky Way over Capitol Peak and just after sunrise resorted to our tents for a quick nap before heading off on our next adventure. The view out of my tent door wasn’t too bad!

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Sunrise Above the Fog – Patience Paying Off

Recently I wrote a post titled 10 Things Photography Has Taught Me About Life. In that post, the item that I gave the most value to was patience. A few weeks ago this paid off for me in the best way.

Mount Evans is a 14er which sits on the front range just outside of the Denver metroplex. On it is the highest paved road in North America which is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. Since moving to Colorado in 2007 I’ve kept a daily eye on the weather hoping to see a prediction of slow moving storms which bring low fog through the valley below the peak’s summit. Time and time again I’ve left my house at 3:30 AM only to catch a cloud-free sunrise or a dense whiteout. Watching a new day begin from 14,000 feet made each trip worth it, but continually not getting what I set out to see was a huge test to my patience.

That all changed last week.
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10 Things Photography Has Taught Me About Life

Since I began this hobby two years ago, I have found that I do my best thinking camera in hand. Photographing in beautiful locations leads my mind to philosophize and romanticize. While I’m in no way the next Nietzsche, when I go out to shoot everything becomes clear and the world seems to make the most sense. Here are 10 things I have learned standing in open fields, sandy beaches, and on snowy mountaintops.

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1. Patience

Stay with it. Things are ever-changing and the most breathtaking thing could happen a matter of seconds after you decide to give up.
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2. Preparation pays off

A little planning and preparation goes a long way. I check weather forecasts, sun/moon angles, and terrain maps before heading to any location – and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to dig a headlamp out of the pack to hike back to the car after deciding to stay at a location well past an epic sunset.

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Fresh Shots – Loveland Pass

With winter in full swing around Colorado, I’ve been making it a point to spend as much of my time in the mountains as possible to capture the snowy scenes. My go-to spot as of recently has been Loveland Pass. Due to it’s location close to Denver, Loveland Pass gets plenty of backcountry skiers that hike to earn their turns in untouched powder.

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January 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Loveland Pass, Colorado

Winter is finally in full swing in Colorado, especially on Loveland Pass, which always sees some of the harshest winter conditions. After an adventure in sub-zero temperatures, I shot this photo just above the A-Basin ski resort as the sun was wrapping up the day.

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2013 Casey Mac Photo Wall Calendar

Camping in Colorado

My 2013 Casey Mac Photo Wall Calendar is now available for purchase! These 13 photos are a small selection of my favorite photos from my adventures in 2012. The calendar includes shots (seen below) from Colorado, California, Utah, Costa Rica, and Alaska.

The calendar is $20 + $3 shipping to anywhere in the United States. It is 11″ x 17″ when open and spiral-bound on 100# gloss stock paper. Should you decide to purchase 3 or more calendars, please contact me prior to ordering and I will provide you with a discount.

Thank you for supporting independent artists and allowing me to share these photos with you.





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November 2012 Desktop Wallpaper – Blanca Peak, Colorado

November 2012 Desktop Wallpaper Blanca Peak Colorado

With fall winding down in Colorado, I’ve been making it a point to get a few more difficult mountains climbed before they’re covered with snow. Blanca Peak, a 14er in the Sangre de Cristo range, has been on my list for a while. This was shot the night before while camping in the valley below.

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