Experiment with one of my favorite subjects.....

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Just a two quick snapshot pano from my DP2M of the Philmont Villa in Cimarron, New Mexico. Tone mapped for dynamics and stitched with Autopano Pro. The wind was blowing very strongly so the vegetation isn't nearly as sharp as it could have been had I used manual settings and upped the shutter speed appropriately, but it's a fun place to photo. Little history. Waite Phillips - of Phillips Petrolium built the place and ended up donating it and about 120,000 of the 140,000 acres of the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch. Every morning, dozens of deer hop the barbed wire fence across the road, vault over the fence surrounding the mansion and park themselves on the vast sweeping lawn. Getting a couple frames when the law wasn't occupied was appreciated - LOL. Just for fun:

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PhilmontVilla near Cimarron, New Mexico - May 2014

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Nice photo Lin:  My twin brother spent 2 weeks at the Philmont Scout Ranch when we were in Junior High School.  Lots of memories there.  Thanks for sharing.

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It's a cool place isn't it? That's where I'm moving sometime later this year. Sherry and I made literally hundreds of trips there and got to know lots of the people who live in the area. I just got back from a trip to look at real estate and found the perfect place. Hopefully it will still be available when I get sold out here. When I was a scout, I always wanted to go to Philmont but it was over our budget. We did travel there several times and really always loved the area. One of my favorite western singers, R.W. Hampton lives a half mile up the road from a little ranch I looked at. He and his family are incredibly nice people - I messaged them on FB and his wife Lisa answered immediately. He's going to be at the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering at Encampment, WY in July this year - think I'll go catch the show since I might end up being his neighbor.

The bear problem is fairly severe in Cimarron this year. They don't publicize it but had to kill eleven bears in town over the past year. In the little motel I stayed at with my dog last week, the owner has lion and bear hounds. One bear got into the house with an older lady who was bed-ridden. He scratched her up a bit but nothing serious. She passed away later, but it had nothing to do with the bear. People have to learn to use bear resistant containers for trash because the drought has brought them into town looking for easy fare. It's estimated that there are probably around 400 or more bears in the immediate area. About 150 on the Philmont Ranch, but then the Ex UUBar is 130,000 acres and between the Chase and Clearview ranches and Ted Turner's 580,000 acre spread there are lots more. It's great for the photographer. When I reached the first ranch with the realtor, there were a dozen deer lounging in the yard around the house. While we were standing in the yard talking, a red fox came sauntering by with a ground squirrel lunch in his mouth followed by a big crow telling him off - LOL. Saw lots of hawks, a couple Golden Eagles, coyotes, elk, deer, wild turkeys, etc. It's definitely a wildlife photographer's paradise there.

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Nice photo Lin: My twin brother spent 2 weeks at the Philmont Scout Ranch when we were in Junior High School. Lots of memories there. Thanks for sharing.

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Interesting reading your posts, Lin. Your part of the planet sure presents some fabulous opportunities.

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Hi Jim,

Indeed it does - the SW USA is a great place for photographers...

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Interesting reading your posts, Lin. Your part of the planet sure presents some fabulous opportunities.

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Definitely a wonderful area of the country.. During the scout ranch's "off" season, the deer gather around the apple trees on the property. Especially across the street and a little farther down the road from the homestead. They will let you get about 20 ft away from them when you toss them apples..

If you get the chance, take a tour inside the homestead.. I believe most of the original furniture is there including a player grand piano.

I don't know if you heard, but there is a long term agreement that the Chase Ranch is now being cared for by the Boy Scouts. They will use it the same as the rest of their property and keep the beauty it has now.

Legion has it that if you look over your left shoulder at the Tooth of Time as you leave, then you are bound to return..  I'll be returning this October for a visit.

Thanks for sharing the picture and bringing back fond memories.

Andy

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It's a cool place isn't it? That's where I'm moving sometime later this year. Sherry and I made literally hundreds of trips there and got to know lots of the people who live in the area. I just got back from a trip to look at real estate and found the perfect place. Hopefully it will still be available when I get sold out here. When I was a scout, I always wanted to go to Philmont but it was over our budget. We did travel there several times and really always loved the area. One of my favorite western singers, R.W. Hampton lives a half mile up the road from a little ranch I looked at. He and his family are incredibly nice people - I messaged them on FB and his wife Lisa answered immediately. He's going to be at the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering at Encampment, WY in July this year - think I'll go catch the show since I might end up being his neighbor.

The bear problem is fairly severe in Cimarron this year. They don't publicize it but had to kill eleven bears in town over the past year. In the little motel I stayed at with my dog last week, the owner has lion and bear hounds. One bear got into the house with an older lady who was bed-ridden. He scratched her up a bit but nothing serious. She passed away later, but it had nothing to do with the bear. People have to learn to use bear resistant containers for trash because the drought has brought them into town looking for easy fare. It's estimated that there are probably around 400 or more bears in the immediate area. About 150 on the Philmont Ranch, but then the Ex UUBar is 130,000 acres and between the Chase and Clearview ranches and Ted Turner's 580,000 acre spread there are lots more. It's great for the photographer. When I reached the first ranch with the realtor, there were a dozen deer lounging in the yard around the house. While we were standing in the yard talking, a red fox came sauntering by with a ground squirrel lunch in his mouth followed by a big crow telling him off - LOL. Saw lots of hawks, a couple Golden Eagles, coyotes, elk, deer, wild turkeys, etc. It's definitely a wildlife photographer's paradise there.

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Lin

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Nice photo Lin: My twin brother spent 2 weeks at the Philmont Scout Ranch when we were in Junior High School. Lots of memories there. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for sharing.  I spent a few weeks there as a boy scout 50 yrs. ago.  Then later visited often while attending college in Trinidad Colorado.  Thinking of retiring in the area myself.  I loved it there.  Only a Sigma could do the area justice!

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Hi Andrew,

I've had the pleasure of doing just that. I used to get up early in the mornings and set up in the barrow ditch to photograph the backlit deer as they jumped the barbed wire fence before crossing 21 to get to the lawn of the Villa. The tour, as you say is great and indeed much of the grand old furniture is still there. There's a lot of history between the Philmont ranch, Rayado and Cimarron areas.

When my late wife and I visited we always stayed either at the James or the Casa. I guess I've looked over my left shoulder at the Tooth enough times that I'm compelled to retire there which I am doing this year.

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Lin

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Definitely a wonderful area of the country.. During the scout ranch's "off" season, the deer gather around the apple trees on the property. Especially across the street and a little farther down the road from the homestead. They will let you get about 20 ft away from them when you toss them apples..

If you get the chance, take a tour inside the homestead.. I believe most of the original furniture is there including a player grand piano.

I don't know if you heard, but there is a long term agreement that the Chase Ranch is now being cared for by the Boy Scouts. They will use it the same as the rest of their property and keep the beauty it has now.

Legion has it that if you look over your left shoulder at the Tooth of Time as you leave, then you are bound to return.. I'll be returning this October for a visit.

Thanks for sharing the picture and bringing back fond memories.

Andy

Lin Evans wrote:

It's a cool place isn't it? That's where I'm moving sometime later this year. Sherry and I made literally hundreds of trips there and got to know lots of the people who live in the area. I just got back from a trip to look at real estate and found the perfect place. Hopefully it will still be available when I get sold out here. When I was a scout, I always wanted to go to Philmont but it was over our budget. We did travel there several times and really always loved the area. One of my favorite western singers, R.W. Hampton lives a half mile up the road from a little ranch I looked at. He and his family are incredibly nice people - I messaged them on FB and his wife Lisa answered immediately. He's going to be at the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering at Encampment, WY in July this year - think I'll go catch the show since I might end up being his neighbor.

The bear problem is fairly severe in Cimarron this year. They don't publicize it but had to kill eleven bears in town over the past year. In the little motel I stayed at with my dog last week, the owner has lion and bear hounds. One bear got into the house with an older lady who was bed-ridden. He scratched her up a bit but nothing serious. She passed away later, but it had nothing to do with the bear. People have to learn to use bear resistant containers for trash because the drought has brought them into town looking for easy fare. It's estimated that there are probably around 400 or more bears in the immediate area. About 150 on the Philmont Ranch, but then the Ex UUBar is 130,000 acres and between the Chase and Clearview ranches and Ted Turner's 580,000 acre spread there are lots more. It's great for the photographer. When I reached the first ranch with the realtor, there were a dozen deer lounging in the yard around the house. While we were standing in the yard talking, a red fox came sauntering by with a ground squirrel lunch in his mouth followed by a big crow telling him off - LOL. Saw lots of hawks, a couple Golden Eagles, coyotes, elk, deer, wild turkeys, etc. It's definitely a wildlife photographer's paradise there.

Best regards,

Lin

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Nice photo Lin: My twin brother spent 2 weeks at the Philmont Scout Ranch when we were in Junior High School. Lots of memories there. Thanks for sharing.

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It's a wonderful place to retire for certain! Between the ranches and the Boy Scouts, the town of Cimarron is kept alive. The Saint James was recently purchased by the Express UU Bar Ranch and many nice renovations have been made to spruce up the place. Steve, who was Chief of Police in Cimarron now oversees the hotel and his wife still operates the Blue Moon. Roger did a nice job with the Saint James for many years, but just didn't have the resources to really make the improvements that it has now. These days his full time job is running the "Cold Beer" Colfax Tavern and he has it looking great.

I love photographing the area and especially the wildlife and plan to do much more of it once I get settled there. You're right - it definitely takes the Foveon magic to really make the place come alive!

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Lin

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Thanks for sharing. I spent a few weeks there as a boy scout 50 yrs. ago. Then later visited often while attending college in Trinidad Colorado. Thinking of retiring in the area myself. I loved it there. Only a Sigma could do the area justice!

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