Friday Night Lights Over Alamosa


I don’t plan my summers around rodeos, but I always seem to find myself in the right place at the right time a few times each season. Late June into July is known as “Cowboy Christmas” because of the plethora of rodeos taking place across the West. Every weekend, there’s a rodeo somewhere. This past weekend I happened to roll through southern Colorado right on time for the Alamosa Round Up on Friday night. I wasn’t sure how the photos would turn out under the low lights, but there’s a reason rodeos are one of my favorite photographic subjects: those magnificent cowboys, bulls & broncs never let me down!








P6218906Check out last summer’s rodeo posts from Eureka, Nevada and Quesnel, British Columbia. My essay on the Wild Ones appeared recently in the April/ May issue of Ranch & Reata Magazine.

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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9 Responses to Friday Night Lights Over Alamosa

  1. Jayde-Ashe says:

    Very cool, I love the motion effect you have created. So many people would have just taken a clear shot but these photographs have so much more movement and life in them!

  2. ritaroberts says:

    Hi Mary, I would love to go to one of these Rodeo’s Great photo’s ! Many thanks.

  3. nutsfortreasure says:

    Great work!

  4. Brian S. says:

    Very cool pictures. Glad to hear that you were in Alamosa and not near the wildfires in SW Colorado. Pray for rain, the firefighters need a break.

  5. Oh, thank goodness those were motion pictures, I thought my eyes were going bad:)
    Stay safe.

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