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January 3, 2014 | Few people have seen as wide a spectrum of our institution’s activities as Carlye Calvin. She joined the High Altitude Observatory in 1987 and soon became part of the former NCAR Photographics group. By the late 1990s, she was the organization's sole staff photographer.
Among Carlye's many honors was a first-place award in the commercial division of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Professional Photographers of America’s 1994 photo contest. She also shared “best of show” (first place) honors at the regional and international level from the Society of Technical Communications for several UCAR Highlights reports produced in the 1990s and 2000s.
Now officially retired, Carlye is nurturing her creative side in fresh ways (including hosting photo safaris) and working on freelance gigs. You may also see her on site every so often, documenting special events as a casual employee.
Below are a few of Carlye’s favorite images—along with her own reflections—from her many years of photographing our people and activities in Boulder and beyond.