Brilliant sunset light streams under the clouds as the Dolores River streams below. Southwest Colorado.
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Dolores Canyon Sunset

Dolores Canyon, Colorado | 2021

Brilliant sunset light streams under the clouds as the Dolores River streams below.

The Dolores River flows southwest from its headwaters at Lizard Head Pass in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride, but as it exits the mountains it takes a sharp turn to the north, flowing through scenic but relatively unknown canyon country along the western border of Colorado. One particularly magnificent stretch of this river canyon is encompassed by the Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area, established in 1980 by the Bureau of Land Managment (BLM). With redrock sandstone cliffs rising over 1,000 feet above the river, bighorn sheep, ancient petrogyphs, and so much more, this area has scenic beauty and pristine wilderness character to rival national parks in Utah, yet it remains unprotected and indeed threatened by industrial development.

The very canyon bottom you see in the photo above is the exact site of a proposed salt injection facility, along with an access road and two bridges spanning the river along the way. (Read more here and here). If this unthinkable sacrifice were to happen, Coloradans would lose a premier canyon wilderness for generations.

In February of 2021, The Colorado Wilderness Act was reintroduced to U.S. Congress and would finally protect the Dolores River Canyon as a designated wilderness area (along with a number of other critical areas needing protection). The act was passed through the House that same month, but has languished in the typical Senate gridlock since then. Will the Dolores Canyon get the protection it deserves and remain unspoiled? I, for one, sincerely hope so. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Duraplaq Mounted Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)

Duraplaq Mounted Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)

My most popular print display option. A fine art ink print with vibrant and accurate colors is mounted on eco-friendly HDF smooth wood and sealed with a special satin semi-gloss UV laminate, which protects the print and eliminates reflections while maintaining excellent image clarity and contrast. The mount is finished with a beveled 1"-deep black edge, resulting in an elegant, modern, and durable print display that hangs flush against the wall. (more info)

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Glossy Metal Print (Ready to Hang)

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Lumachrome Trulife-Glass Mounted Fine Art Print (Ready to Hang)

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Dolores Canyon Sunset print

This is the option if you want a fine art print to have matted and framed behind glass. These high quality giclee prints feature vivid, color-accurate ink pigments on heavyweight Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag fine art paper with a finely textured, satin surface. The prints have a white border around the image to allow easy matting and framing. With high archival ratings, these prints will last for many decades without fading.

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