Love in the Lion’s Den: Part I

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.
Colin and I have known each other since our early teens, forging new mountain bike trails in the hills outside of Durango, Colorado and exploring the limitless single track that was already intact. In those carefree years, I never could have foreseen that I would be shooting my friends wedding almost two decades later.
The pleasure was mine.
Set against the San Juan Mountains on a warm autumn day, we had fun with the formal portraits before the ceremony which took place in the famous Durango local, perched on the edge of the mesa – better known as the Lion’s Den. Hewn of sandstone, graceful arches and aging beams make this a ideal setting for any event. Tricia and Colin added the extra touches that made this ceremony beautiful from start to finish!
Here is the best to our friends as they embark on the next adventure…
Best, Jeremy

Breaking The Spell.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

By Jeremy Wade Shockley

Nature is most powerful in its twilight. I take in the beauty of a fading autumn, the brittle nature of my surroundings, noting the coolness in the air. I feel a strong connection with my past, and a deeper tie to the earth this time of year.

The Vallecitio Valley of my youth is a product of hard work, heavy with the smell of earth and the approaching cold. Today is warmer than any day we are likely to see between now and spring. I will soon shed my long flannel shirt and felt brimmed hat, setting them safely to the side. The silence of nature is amplified, a calm before the storm.

I approach the land with respect; tactically setting the gas powered saw across some downed timber. Mentally gathering myself, physically prepared. The sound of the saw is the sound of the season; the hard work is a reflection of the past. The pine smell is intoxicating; sweat stings my eyes. I feel good.