Denver campus instructor Russell Stone's impressive hobby

Columbia College-Denver

Nov. 25, 2013 

Photography by Russell Stone.
Last year many parts of the country were riddled with drought and scorching temperatures during the summer months. The result was a less-than-colorful autumn. Fortunately, that pattern did not repeat in 2013. Just ask Russell Stone, instructor of criminal justice at the Denver campus. As an avid photographer, he makes a point of capturing the beauty of nature.

"[I've] shot a lot of sports and spot news, industrial projects, but I prefer nature more. It's the color that winds me up."

In October Stone, who has been taking photographs since he was old enough to hold a camera and worked his way through college working for a newspaper, travelled from Denver to New England to shoot the changing fall colors that were in full display. The images he snapped are breathtaking. Be sure to check out his gallery on; you are sure to be impressed.

Stone, who was born and raised in Denver, served as an assistant city attorney and deputy district attorney assigned to the prosecution section from 1998 to 2012 for the city of Denver. He has served as a prosecuting attorney for the Colorado Attorney General's Office, Appellate Section, as well as for the District Attorney's Offices for the Second, 13th and 20th Judicial Districts of Colorado, rising to the position of Chief Deputy District Attorney. He also served as a certified law enforcement officer, rising to the rank of division chief/chief of detectives for the city of Denver. He was a senior faculty member of Metropolitan State College of Denver for several years, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Navy and received several decorations for his service.

Photography by Russell Stone.
Stone retired from the city in 2012 after 22 years of service and a total of 42 years of experience in the criminal justice profession,
making him an outstanding member of the Columbia College-Denver faculty. Stone currently is teaching CJAD 301: Criminal Law for the October Session, and will be teaching CJAD 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice and CJAD 325: Juvenile Justice Systems & Procedures for the January Session.