Dave likes to take nature photos in his home state because half of Colorado is public land, with four national parks, eight national monuments, 11 national forests, three national recreation areas and 30 state parks.
“Colorado has the most extensive system of alpine wilderness in the U.S., with more land mass above 10,000 feet than any other state,” Dave notes. For landscape shots, he also is drawn to the state’s rivers and lakes. The eastern half of the state is comprised of prairie plains, a landscape that’s perfect for great photography.
“Some of my favorite photos from Colorado were shot at unexpected times when I happened to see a hawk or owl or raccoon and found myself pulling over to snap a photo on my drive home from the office,” says Dave. “It’s so important not to overlook your own backyard, no matter where you live. Nature is everywhere, and adventures close to home offer plenty of opportunities to practice and fine-tune photography skills.”
He adds, “Do that, and you’ll be ready for photography road trips that take you farther from home.”