I've decided I'll probably dole the photos out in between paintings, or as an inclusion to those done of a particular subject (such as the Rancho de Taos church).
My intentions to paint today went by the wayside, so I thought I'd share some photos I shot yesterday during part of the Animas River Days event held each June here in Durango.
Enter the event known as "Kayak Rodeo": whitewater kayakers take turns riding a huge standing wave and doing tricks on it (underwater turns, helical spins and such) to gain points. Getting "flushed" is sort of the equivalent of getting tossed off a bull or horse, except that you can paddle back and ride the wave again if you can. Each kayaker has 2 runs for a minute each, which are both scored.
I've never shot a sports event before, but this was such a blast. I shot over 300 photos over the course of the two hours. We were lucky to be positioned at this ideal viewing spot for the event.
Here are some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy them as well!
Making a turn
Setting up against the wave
Kayakers try to position themselves at the base of the wave to ride it and perform their tricks; this competitor has a good position...right next to the brown "wall"
Kayak rodeo: not just for the boys, but for girls with pink kayaks!
Coming up for air - this professional entrant has almost finished a 360 roll in the center of the wave
Tag-teaming it for fun - not part of the competition, but what a great shot
Banking to the right at the leading edge of the whitewater
Are we having a great time or what?
One of my favorite photos; this guy's smile epitomized the entire event
Leaning into it
Concentration is key to staying on top of things
Enjoying more wave riding after the competition
I seriously love this town.
Tomorrow I'm going out with the Four Corners Plein Air painters group, so hopefully I'll have an actual painting or two to post soon.