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© Donald Garrett
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UploadedNovember 20, 2008
TakenSeptember 19, 2008
ModelCanon PowerShot SD600
Exposure1/1500 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length5.8 mm
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Sept. '08 Clouds of black coal smoke from a train versus the pristine valley along the Animas River, Colorado.

154 responses

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    Truly beautiful capture!!! Lighting and color are terrific

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    Totally awesome, Donald! Love it

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (19 Nov 2008):

    Great shot....Ive been on the train ride through is awesome scenery...well captured!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Wow, Don, what an amazing capture. Love the lighting and how the winding river draws the eye to the smoke. Fantastic POV.

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    beautiful place Donald. I thought fog at first.

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Put a cabin somewhere in this scene and I'll retire tomorrow, Don!! What a gorgeous scene!! The old western movies were done in areas like this, but they were B&W!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    The composition of this one is wonderful. If you had not revealed that the "clouds" are smoke, it could have been mountain mist. From the sky, down the cool green slopes of the forested mountains, to the rushing, rocky river this is picture perfect. Great capture, Don.

  • Klaus Girk

    Klaus Girk (Deleted) gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Must have been the Durango/Silverton. Nice shot of the River. Ask me sometime about my first trip.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Yes, it IS the Durango/Silverton! This shot was made with my little pocket Canon Powershot.

  • Charidy Bunsa

    Charidy Bunsa gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    This is just superb - everything about it!

  • Teresa

    Teresa gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Gorgeous, Donald!

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful capture!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    Great Outdoors worthy.

  • James Watson

    James Watson gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic Shot !

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    Hey, National Geographic just called for you! They said after your work-out to call them about this great shot!!! Love it!!

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (22 Nov 2008):

    Great image

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    Excellent shot and an interesting title! Well done!!

  • Rebecca Brann

    Rebecca Brann said (22 Nov 2008):


  • Melissa Days

    Melissa Days said (22 Nov 2008):

    This looks a lot like where I grew up. Nice photo! You should check out the North Cascades!


    FERDIE CRUZ said (22 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful capture of a great scenery. Keep it up.

  • Chantal Poiesz

    Chantal Poiesz gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    beautiful capture!

  • marcel lemieux

    marcel lemieux said (24 Nov 2008):

    Wow! instant fave...what a fantastic capture...awesome scenery...beautiful the way we are lead in the photo...very beautiful...great

  • marcel lemieux

    marcel lemieux gave props (24 Nov 2008):


  • Atisha Paulson

    Atisha Paulson gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    makes me wish i were there.

  • Vic Brincat

    Vic Brincat gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful shot of this valley.

  • Heath Nieddu

    Heath Nieddu gave props (28 Nov 2008):

    Spooky beautiful!

  • Shonda Spencer

    Shonda Spencer gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    This is an amazing photo...

  • Ashley Garcia

    Ashley Garcia gave props (3 Dec 2008):


  • Gordon Nimmo

    Gordon Nimmo said (5 Dec 2008):

    Nice picture.

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    like an oil painting, very pretty!

  • Cheryl Blackburn

    Cheryl Blackburn gave props (7 Dec 2008):

    This is amazingly beautiful!

  • Vincent Criqui

    Vincent Criqui said (7 Dec 2008):

    Nice composition! The cloud moving into the valley is a nice capture.

  • Nancy Miller

    Nancy Miller gave props (28 Dec 2008):

    Beautifully done!

  • Philip Garrett

    Philip Garrett gave props (11 Jan 2009):

    Beautiful picture!

  • David Webb

    David Webb gave props (12 Jan 2009):

    I'd love to test out my new fly rod in those waters! Beautiful!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Jan 2009):

    This is very beautiful and I can see why it went hot. Does the Animas River have any connection with the town of Las Animas, Colorado?

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2009):

    Excellent image. Great exposure, lighting, DOF, and leading lines.

  • Arun Tiwari

    Arun Tiwari (Deleted) said (15 Jan 2009):

    oh my god, what a lovely shot

  • David Weber

    David Weber gave props (16 Jan 2009):


  • Louie

    Louie (Deleted) gave props (19 Jan 2009):

    Just Awesome!!

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (23 Jan 2009):

    Speechless !!! 10x Perfect.

  • Henk Sterk

    Henk Sterk gave props (3 Feb 2009):

    Love it.

  • Rachel Hessinger

    Rachel Hessinger gave props (6 Feb 2009):

    Love the composition and lighting. Lovely shot!

  • StaceyJane

    StaceyJane gave props (9 Feb 2009):


  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (13 Feb 2009):

    Just beautiful!!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (19 Feb 2009):

    This belongs in Jpg magazine Donald, wonderful in every way.

  • Minerva Bloom

    Minerva Bloom gave props (19 Feb 2009):

    Quite an amazing atmosphere to this image. At first I thought it was steam from hot springs, then you caught the moment. Great shot!!

  • Paul Bate

    Paul Bate (Deleted) gave props (21 Feb 2009):

    WOW that's beautiful, love it.

  • Dan Kennedy

    Dan Kennedy gave props (23 Feb 2009):


  • JS Daniel

    JS Daniel gave props (25 Feb 2009):

    Hmm . I can just breathe the air there.

  • Patty Herzog

    Patty Herzog said (5 Mar 2009):

    WOW! Awesome shot!!!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (29 Mar 2009):

    what a shot ! incredible !

  • Hunter Fargo

    Hunter Fargo (Deleted) gave props (31 Mar 2009):


  • Manny Zervos

    Manny Zervos gave props (9 Apr 2009):

    Love this one

  • Jaime Pettry

    Jaime Pettry gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    Awesome!! Makes me want to go on a hike!

  • Kurtis Teeters

    Kurtis Teeters gave props (6 May 2009):

    Thanks for the props. By the way nice shot!!! nature at it's finest

  • Feei Chung

    Feei Chung gave props (8 May 2009):

    Beautiful image!

  • Hugo Morais

    Hugo Morais said (26 May 2009):

    uau, wonderful

  • Jeff Ore

    Jeff Ore gave props (28 May 2009):

    Awsome shot

  • Benjamin Arthur

    Benjamin Arthur gave props (31 May 2009):

    Wonderful in every way. Somehow reminds of Rambo!?

  • Shawn Palmquist

    Shawn Palmquist gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    That is absolutely stunning.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (7 Jul 2009):

    i can't take my eyes off this... help me!

  • Seth Deibel

    Seth Deibel gave props (14 Jul 2009):

    One of my favorite places in the world...great shot!

  • Rebecca Hensley

    Rebecca Hensley gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    Absolutely wonderful.. such a relaxing site.

  • Cjor

    Cjor gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    Wow, another nice shot. I'd like to see that train.

  • Jenelle Rittenhouse

    Jenelle Rittenhouse gave props (14 Sep 2009):

    Absolutely stunning. The smoke is perfect.

  • Renee Rocole

    Renee Rocole gave props (15 Oct 2009):

    WOW Simply Stunning!!!!!!!!

  • Gerhard Mössner

    Gerhard Mössner gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    fantastic compo! Great scenery and stunning effect with the smoke (like fog)!

  • Cris Ann

    Cris Ann gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    Fantastic. Black coal smoke from a train - now that is nostalgic!

  • Anaelle Trojak

    Anaelle Trojak (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2009):

    OMG! Fantastic!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) said (17 Dec 2009):

    I am btv!!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    BTV! Can't believe I didn't fav this great shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Joel Mcafee

    Joel Mcafee (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Beautiful image !!! Love the mist hanging between the mtns. Voted

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    RAD for sure ! dp

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    super gorgeous location! so untouched by humans! Voted!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    How did I not see this one!!!! It's magnificent, and I'm certainly voting!!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Beautiful composition and tones! Got my vote.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Came back to vote!

  • Jack Sills

    Jack Sills (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Captivating Landscape..Voted

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    wow this is awesome.Don! my vote

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) said (17 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Back to vote.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    Beautiful valley!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (17 Dec 2009):

    Amazing scenery with that cold gushing water between the valley. Brilliant comp. Don.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    A wonderful rocky path. True nature beauty.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Rockin Rad

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    this is just so amazing! A wonderful picture! Voted


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (18 Dec 2009):


  • Paul Bate

    Paul Bate (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2009):

    Stunning shot, great for this theme.

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (20 Dec 2009):

    An astonishing capture!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    WOW! Picture perfect Don:) Hope you don't mind but I have downloaded this as a screensaver!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (23 Dec 2009):

    Stopped by to vote!!! Love this.... one of my favorite places to be!!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (24 Dec 2009):


  • Bill Van Gelder

    Bill Van Gelder gave props (24 Dec 2009):

    Amazing shot Don. After all your great indoor shots, it's nice to discover your outdoor genius.

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    BTV!! Magical!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    back to vote,,so gorgeous Don

  • Michael Diamond

    Michael Diamond said (26 Dec 2009):

    My god that is a beautiful place....a vision for the soul!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    Wow! Breathtaking!

  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski gave props (28 Dec 2009):

    Such an amazing photo, voted of course!

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (30 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic country

  • Denis and Yulia Pogostins

    Denis and Yulia Pogostins said (30 Dec 2009):

    Mysterious place, great shoot.

  • Alexandru R. Ghinea

    Alexandru R. Ghinea (Deleted) said (31 Dec 2009):

    Fantastic're such a lucky guy! (I voted)

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    Awesome capture! Voted!

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    Awesome capture! Voted!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    Great entry for the theme, rad!!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (2 Jan 2010):

    Amazing shot...definately my vote!!

  • Mostafa Amirkhani

    Mostafa Amirkhani said (3 Jan 2010):

    ... hi, very Nice And Beautiful ... Voted

  • Greg Summers

    Greg Summers gave props (3 Jan 2010):

    inspiring shot - powerful

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful! My vote............

  • eyal leave

    eyal leave said (4 Jan 2010):

    This is a GREAT OUTDOORS! A beautiful capture.

  • Connie Stuffle

    Connie Stuffle gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Outstanding shot!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (5 Jan 2010):


  • Sara Elena

    Sara Elena gave props (10 Jan 2010):

    Very nice capture and place... Good work!!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (11 Jan 2010):


  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (12 Jan 2010):

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Outstanding composition. You have my vote...

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (12 Jan 2010):

    Wonderful !

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (12 Jan 2010):

    Love it ! YEAH !!!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (13 Jan 2010):

    Lovely, imaginative. A portrayal of nature in all its glory. I don't see incongruity. My vote.

  • Kevin Ellis

    Kevin Ellis gave props (13 Jan 2010):

    What a beautiful composition, thanks for sharing

  • Amanda Garrett

    Amanda Garrett (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    This is a breathtaking beautiful photograph! I absolutley love it!

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    *voted* - I really like the atmosphere of this shot. Super for the theme.

  • Marie Sager

    Marie Sager gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    Voted YES

  • Elise Ange

    Elise Ange gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    Absolutely gorgeous shot!

  • Michael Kenney

    Michael Kenney gave props (17 Jan 2010):

    I don't know how I missed this one of yours. I thought I had voted and commented long ago. This is a great shot and perfect for the theme.

  • John Knudtson

    John Knudtson gave props (17 Jan 2010):

    Great shot! Nice timing with the train!

  • Angelo Narciso

    Angelo Narciso gave props (20 Jan 2010):

    timeless beauty! yeah!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    yeah voted!

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (24 Jan 2010):


  • Erik Kozlowski

    Erik Kozlowski gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    Astounding shot, nice work

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (26 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful scenic with much appeal. Voted.

  • Dimitar Bonchev

    Dimitar Bonchev said (29 Jan 2010):

    I like the atmosphere in the shot. Very nice!

  • Heaven Man

    Heaven Man gave props (31 Jan 2010):

    Yes, definitely!!

  • n n

    n n (Deleted) gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful shot, perfect composition where the smoke really adds to it, very good depth inwards the vote for sure!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    voting..... a WORK of ART

  • Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith gave props (3 Feb 2010):

    Great capture and compostion. Very peaceful. RAD

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    Dang, Don, I must have been piloting the mother ship to have missed this fabulous entry and photo!!! Voted!!!

  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (6 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful place

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    Good capture, well done!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (21 Feb 2010):

    wow, my vote!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (23 Feb 2010):

    My first thought was mist until I read what you wrote. The scenery is awesome. I have always wanted to ride the Silverton/Durango train, maybe someday I will get to! Definitely voted !!!

  • Charles Conti

    Charles Conti gave props (24 Feb 2010):

    Perfect!! I want to be there!

  • Brad Mrkva

    Brad Mrkva (Deleted) gave props (25 Feb 2010):

    This has been one of my favorites for quite awhile now. It's a pleasure to be able to vote for it now!

  • Desiree Adams

    Desiree Adams gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    Perfect you get my vote!

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    Beautiful ! Voted

  • Kristijan L.

    Kristijan L. gave props (9 Aug 2010):

    Great shot!!! i'm waiting for the horsemen from Lord of the rings to come blazing down the river :-)

  • Jadranko Markoč

    Jadranko Markoč said (19 Aug 2010):

    Fantastic shot! Beautiful place!

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    Just finding time to go through your archives of photos. This one is a winner, for sure!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (18 Nov 2010):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Jan 2011):


  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (9 Jul 2011):

    very nice

  • Amanda Garrett

    Amanda Garrett (Deleted) gave props (3 Nov 2011):

    Wow, no words can really say how great of a photo this is. It's just, wow, one of the best I have ever seen. Very very very great capture!!

  • Jordan VerBunker

    Jordan VerBunker gave props (4 Mar 2012):

    Great Display of nature at its finest!

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