Trout Lake Trestle
One of my favorite things about exploring places is finding treasures and little chunks of history tucked away in the hills and the valleys. This was one such find as I wandered around random back roads with my dad toward the end of my trip. This railroad trestle carried trains long ago--trains loaded with people and supplies over this creek and through the canyons to the booming mining town of Telluride. It makes me wonder, what will I find the next time I go wandering? All the more reason to go, I say!
A pinecone stands alone on a bed of yellow aspen leaves. Taken on Weston Pass, near Fairplay, Colorado.
Aspen Leaf and Lichen
An aspen leaf rests where it fell on a lichen-covered rock at Meyer Ranch Park. Conifer, CO.
Multi-color aspen leaves litter the ground in a beautiful display. Taken on Weston Pass, near Fairplay, Colorado.
Three pinecones rest on a bed of fallen aspen leaves.
A patriotic barn sits in front of a stand of aspens in the fall. Weston Pass, Colorado.
Beaver Pond on Weston Pass
The high, wispy clouds of an autumn day reflect in a beaver pond on Weston Pass. Fairplay, CO.
South Park Antelope
Two antelope stand on the grasslands of South Park, Colorado in front of the Mosquito Range at the base of Weston Pass. Fairplay, CO.
Mt Wilson Emerges
After a chilly slumber, Mount Wilson emerges from her foggy blanket as first light graces her rugged flanks. This as the colorful, leggy aspens below add a special burst of color to her flowing skirts.
After the first snow of the season fell on the jagged ridge leading up to Mt. Sneffles, the fog stuck around all day. Teasing the eyes searching for the massive peaks concealed beneath, it danced around the slopes all day before finally settling in a thick blanket for the evening. Here is one glimpse that the fog allowed of Mt. Sneffels with the gorgeous colors of fall in the foreground.
Sneffels Snow and Gold
Mt Sneffels stands over thee golden aspens living in the valley below with two nights' worth of snow covering her shoulders.
First Light on Sneffels
Sneffels has been the star lately, but she truly is deserving of the attention! This scene was a beautiful sunrise with fresh snow on the peak and the aspens glowing in the foreground. So here is another view!
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While I love grand scenes with mountains and snow, they would be nothing without millions--no, trillions--of these brilliant stars of the show. Perhaps that is why I so enjoy stepping into the forest and slowing down to see the small details just as much as I enjoy standing at an overlook. There is grandeur even in the tiniest of details.