River of the Lost Souls.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

A cold snap dropped the colors early this fall as our train cars rocked back and forth on their slow ascent up the canyon. Following the Animas River into the granite cliffs above Durango and into the Weminuche wilderness.

The warm light that poured into the closed train cars was as welcome as the warm coffee in our hands.

The river below runs through rock cut from centuries of runoff, turned an iridescent green by the minerals it carries with it. The coal powered train steams forward, unaffected by the change of seasons, loss of fall foliage or the years which have redefined it’s very purpose.

Grand Entry.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Powwow season comes to a close for the year, as we cover our own Southern Ute Tribal Fair & Powwow and the Council Tree Powwow to the North. Each represented by it’s own photo essay in the Southern Ute Drum newspaper: Enter Here.

The above photograph was taken using available light as dancers entered the arena for Grand Entry. The often times difficult backlighting seen here, created an impressive glow, and set these images apart from the rest. The trick was to angle myself in just such a way as to avoid the light directly, and thus avoid any solar flare in the camera lens. The subsequent color and contrast in this image, give it a timeless feel!

Hope you enjoy…Cheers, Jeremy