I had a chance to visit with family in and around Boulder Colorado over the fourth of July holiday. Boulder, which is about 40 minutes outside of Denver, reminds me a lot of Palo Alto in that it’s a very progressive city, has a strong university (CU at Boulder) community, and is just minutes away from incredible outdoor activities and nature.
One of the unique things about Boulder is that it’s located right where the Rockies meet the Great Plains. You can see this pretty clearly from this shot that I took near the top of Mt. Sanitas which overlooks downtown Boulder and the University.
The weather can change quickly as you get further up into the mountains. I shot this rain storm just as it began to develop near Sugarloaf Mountain which is seven miles outside of Boulder. One minute it was blazing hot sun and the next it was pouring rain. I got about a dozen frames of the clouds as they rolled in before they were on top of us.
For the fourth of July we joined 30,000 other people at CU’s Folsom stadium to watch the fireworks. The stadium was packed but we managed to get seats near the 50 yard line where I set up my tripod to shoot the show. Click the images to see larger versions.
Every year these firework shows get more and more sophisticated with their computer controlled choreography. The Boulder show was no exception launching 4,600 fireworks in under 40 minutes.
Quite the show for quite the town.