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Jim Steinberg’s 2005 calendar opens with a warning, “Dates in this calendar may be closer than they appear.”

Small touches like that set his product apart from the 2,000 other calendars submitted to this year’s National Calendar Contest.

Steinberg has entered the contest for years, often receiving an honorable mention. This year, for the second year in a row, he received first place in the scenic retail category.

The calendar is designed as a 53-week engagement planner with a Steinberg scenic photo of Colorado paired with each week.

The calendar is available across the state and locally at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Lyon’s Corner Drug, All That Jazz, City Market and in Steinberg’s gallery, The Portfolio Collection.

This is the 13th year for the calendar, designed as a marketing tool for Steinberg’s work. The photos are paired seasonally with the dates and cover the state from the San Luis Valley to Gunnison National Forest to Irish Canyon in Moffat County.

The National Calendar Contest award is just another moment in a great year for the photographer.

“What I do is fascinating,” Steinberg said. “Sure, at the end of the year, it gets a little tiring eating cold meals and sleeping on the hard ground, but I get to travel over 100,000 miles every year taking photographs.”

Now in his 30th year as a professional photographer, Steinberg’s desk is covered with the final draft of a 208-page, hardbound coffee table book he plans to publish in October called “Colorado Less Traveled.”

In the book, Steinberg’s photos are carried along with the writing of Colorado naturalist Susan Tweit. At the back of the book, there are directions and seasonal details for reaching the location of each photograph.

“Colorado Less Traveled” is only one of three book projects Steinberg is juggling.

Another of the books is a celebration of the state’s biodiversity, which he is publishing through The Nature Conservancy.

“My goal is to show all the beauty of Colorado,” he said. “When people think of Colorado, they think of the mountains and not necessarily the Eastern Plains. I think every place in the state has incredible beauty.

“Over the course of a 30-year career, I’d like to think I am creating a fine natural history of this biodiverse state.”