Gardening & Grooming

The Difference

Text and photos by Jack Olson

A little while ago I was asked about the control of depth of field for photography in a field of columbine and I explained in a newsletter article. Now I want to get into a discussion conerning Gardening and Grooming. I used to talk about gardening, and if it was ever acceptible. Some of our photographers may disagree in this but, for now, I hold the stage.

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January – February 2020

Sunset at White Sands National Monument – as of December 2019 America’s newest national park © 2009 William Horton

Start the new year here, with conference updates, our new president’s first column, photo tips on the difference between “gardening” and “grooming,” plus details on the exciting photo workshop offered in conjunction with conference in October. Click here to download.

Dr. Faustus at Sprague Lake

By Ian King

reflections on Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
Sprague Lake © 2012 Harry Snelson

You hadn’t exactly been making tawaf, that great, frenzied, swarming circumambulation of the Holy Kaaba in Mecca;  and you clearly hadn’t been doing anything quite like the Muslim Hajj, eitherNonetheless, in a limited, quasi-metaphorical way, it is the first pilgrimage-like parallel you draw when you reflect on your visit to Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in early September 2019.

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Gadgets, Gizmos, Gewgaw

Workshop by Bill Horton, William Horton Photography, Conference 2019, Estes Park, Colorado

Description: An interactive discussion of tools, tips, hacks, and tricks that help writers and photographers work faster and better. Learn about the stuff that works for this experienced writer and photographer – and what doesn’t, no matter what the hype says.

Resource: PDF Handout, with or without slides.

Get Found & Noticed

SEO for the rest of us…
Workshop by Katherine Horton, William Horton Photography, Conference 2019, Estes Park, Colorado

Description: Learn about Search Engine Optimization to move your website into the top tier of web searches. An intense workshop packed with information, tips, and how-tos.

Resource: PDF Handout, with or without notes.

2019 Scott-McKenna Scholarship Winner

Robby Fisher Jr., of Olmito, Texas, is the recipient of this year’s Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers & Photographers scholarship, according to scholarship chair Clare Gutierrez. Robby will be attending Schreiner University’s  First Year Campus in Brownsville, Texas and then transferring to the school’s main campus in Kerrville, Texas. 

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2019 Writing & Video Contest Results

Eight members submitted entries in the writing and video categories of the contest. Best of Show went to Ron Belak for his book “Fly Fishing Colorado’s Backcountry”.

Book, Fly Fishing Colorado's Back Country

Judge Mary Taylor Young said of the book: “Highly readable how-to guide with great descriptions and loaded with photos, angling help, and tips. An excellent, comprehensive guide, nicely illustrated with color photos of sites, fish, anglers, fishing flies as well as explanatory illustrations. This thorough, well-researched book covers how-tos of fishing and backpacking plus fish biology and management, while also being enjoyable to read.”

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