BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Putting "Colorful Colorado" on my head

I'm not much for tourist kitsch, but these ball caps available at Colorado visitor centers really made my heart go aflutter:

I'm in the middle of trying to photograph every one of those 40-odd kitschy "Welcome to Colorful Colorado" signs on state and federal highways crossing the state line, so this hat was a must-have.

The project isn't meant to document each state line sign, which would be insufferably boring, but to illustrate the diversity of the Colorado landscape as seen from the state's borders.

I'm a touch over halfway through the project. I have all the northern border signs but two, all of the western border signs, few of the eastern border signs and a handful of the southern border signs. What you'll notice is that, though Colorado is known for its high peaks, the landscape you see at the state line in many, many places isn't mountains and peaks, but desert, plains, grasslands, redrock canyon country and rolling hills. So far, the most notable exception is on Colo. 159 at the New Mexico line, where the Blanca Massif — Blanca is the fourth highest peak in Colorado — looms in the distance over the San Luis Valley.

Check out my progress here.