Photography by Russell Gunter‘Nesotaieux’*Photography by Russell Gunter

Sentinel in the western sky
You tower above the plain
A muse for dawning light
A throne for setting sun

Nesotaieux, guide me
From the barren plains
To the valleys at your feet
For I seek shelter there

Photography by Russell GunterPhotography by Russell GunterVeiled in clouds or bathed in sun
Your granite face cracked and furrowed
The aeons have carved you with ice
You are the pinnacle of this range

From an unknown hilltop
I gaze to the west longingly
Your silhouette graces the sky
As the sun sets on Colorado


*Arapaho name for Long’s Peak and Mount Meeker, meaning two guides

As a Colorado native, Russell prefers to spend a lot of his free time in the high country avoiding the crowds and finding new adventures or returning to some of his favorite places for peace and scenery.  He was born near Fort Collins on the Front Range and fell in love with the mountain skyline where the sunrises and sunsets are incredible.  Although he's traveled the Rockies north to Canada, there's no place like home.  Colorado has so many diverse landscapes that it will take years to explore it all.  He finally got a camera to take on his adventures so he could share what he'd seen on his outings and photography quickly became his favorite hobby.  Since he learned to drive, he's been getting to know the back roads of Colorado as he looks for wildlife, scenery, and new places to camp.  A free thinking wanderer, he likes to share his experience and photographs with others who revere Colorado's beauty.