Colorado based conservation photographer, Dave Showalter is the author and photographer of the award-winning book "Prairie Thunder - The Nature of Colorado's Great Plains." Dave has a lifelong interest in natural history and has been photographing in Colorado and the west for more than 20 years. Dave's photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Outside, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Magazine, Wilderness and elsewhere. Dave is the photographer for Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), and supporter of numerous conservation groups. Dave and his wife Marla love adventuring, whether it's reaching for a high summit, waiting for golden light on a prairie butte, searching for wildlife, or trekking in a developing country. Dave and Marla live in Arvada, Colorado.
Posted on November 3, 2013
In September 2013, it began to rain in Colorado. And it didn’t stop. Northwest of Fort Collins, the North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River soon carried record amounts of water. In just a few days, flows leapt from three cubic feet per second (cfs) to more than 1000 cfs when the upstream dam could not hold any more water and began to spill over.