Jack Brauer @jackbrauer

Mountain photographer based in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Lots more photos and fine art prints are available on my website.

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Sun rises behind Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks. Oftentimes I meticulously plan these types of shots but this one was just a nice surprise! . #co14ers #14ers #sanjuanmountains

7 day ago
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Feeding my inner mountain goat.

9 day ago
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Quiet morning, peaceful river.

13 day ago
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Here’s another oldie from 2004. For many years this was by far my most popular photo, regularly going viral on the pre-Instagram and pre-Facebook networks. It got posted so often on Digg that people got sick of seeing it and would leave nasty comments. Others were convinced it was a 3D digital rendering. If I could create digital renderings this well I’d probably have a much higher paying career!

34 day ago
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“Man who stand on toilet is high on pot.” -Confucius. . Happy 20th of April!

35 day ago
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Since I don’t have any recent new photos to share, here’s an oldie from 2007 when I used to shoot 4x5 film. Was pure luck to catch the sun perfectly in that gap since this was before PhotoPills-type apps, and the wooden field camera takes so long to set up and move anyways.

37 day ago
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Sneffels at night.

55 day ago
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Behold the most amazing bonfire I’ve ever seen – a giant sculpture of metal and the elements of fire and ice, titled “Planet B” by Jeff Skoloda @skolstudio in Ouray, Colorado. The sculpture consists of an outer globe shrouded in ice (handiwork of the @ourayicepark ice farmers), with a smaller inner sphere filled with firewood set ablaze. Despite the intense heat of the fire, the ice clung on for hours as we watched it slowly melt and fall off in chunks. Only in Ouray. . #ouraycolorado

85 day ago
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My last hours of 2019 ended with quite a hair-raising experience, and I have a CRAZY story to tell you from my outings last night to photograph the New Years fireworks. I had an idea last night to snowshoe up to a cliff overlooking town to gain a unique perspective of the fireworks over the valley, so at 10:30pm I bundled up, strapped on my snowshoes and headlamp, and started trudging up through knee deep powder towards my destination. When I was only about ten minutes up from the road, I was alarmed when I saw three or four pairs of orange eyes reflecting at me from behind some bushes up ahead. My first thought was that they were probably just deer. But I was a bit concerned that the eyes were orange; typically I remember all the deer I’ve seen at night having greenish colored eyes in light of my headlamp. Even more alarming, though, was the fact that the eyes had a certain calm and confidence to them – the animals clearly were not afraid of me and had no intention of fleeing like deer normally would. About 20-30 feet from the “eyes”, I could see that one of the animals was standing up while the other two or three were sitting or laying down. I took a few more steps closer to get a closer look when I got a clear view of the one that was standing. It was a MASSIVE mountain lion staring right at me! Along with two or three of his buddies (I was too focussed on the big guy to count the others). Holy shit. I quietly turned around and retreated back down through the snow, trying not to seem panicked or rushed like prey, but constantly glancing over my shoulder while trying not to trip over my snowshoes. I got back to my truck without incident, got in as fast as I could, and got the hell out of there, with a bit of adrenaline pumping through my veins! So, although I was scared away from my intended photo destination, at least I got a story to tell! I had enough time to drive to an old standby vantage point and take the photo above as a consolation shot. Happy New Year! I hope 2020 is full of more excitement and adventure, though preferrably not involving close encounters with mountains lion gangs! . #ouraycolorado

145 day ago
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Larch in the fog

156 day ago
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Sunrise light at Rifugio Lagazuoi.

165 day ago
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The village of Alleghe sits 7,000 vertical feet (2000+ m) below the giant northwest face of Civetta (hidden up high in the clouds here, but pictured in my previous photo).

166 day ago

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