Photo by Craig McNeil

John Fielder

A Portrait of Colorado’s Lakes & Reservoirs…Then, Now, and in 2050!

John Fielder has spent the past 40 years exploring and photographing most of Colorado’s 66 million acres. He has assembled for this presentation iconic images of its lakes and reservoirs, from Highest Lake at 13,100 feet above seas level in Rocky Mountain National Park to Lake Pueblo at 4,890 feet. Included will be the 19th-century Colorado lake photos of W.H. Jackson side-by-side with Fielder’s repeat images made a century later.

Fielder will also discuss Colorado’s 2015 Water Plan. The state’s population will increase to 10 million by 2050 from its current 5.5 million. In the face of global warming, where will the water needed to accommodate these people come from and will Colorado’s natural environment, including its rivers and creeks, lakes and reservoirs, survive the outcome.

John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 35-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. Over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He lives in Summit County, Colorado, and operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children. His latest books are Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green and Wildflowers of Colorado. Information about John and his work can be found at