The pre-dawn light filters over a fresh blanket of snow on Squaw Pass near Evergreen, CO.
Marsh Marigolds at Hancock Lake
Marsh marigolds bloom on the shores of Hancock Lake just below the Continental Divide in Chafee County, Colordao. This lake is an access point for the continental divide trail. This image required multiple blended images to properly expose the shadows, as well as focus stacking to get crisp marsh marigolds in the foreground. Trying to pull off a blended image like this without a tripod is not advisable--trust me, I've tried!
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The remnants of a winter snow storm hang over the mountain range as dawn breaks on Park County Road 5 at the base of Weston Pass. Although winter has its downsides, the turbulent weather can certainly make for some beautiful sunrises--if you're there to see them!
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CR 5 Sunrise #2
A wider angle of the Cave Creek and Sheep Creek valley shows the patterns and textures of the wind-whipped grasses and snow drifts below a glowing winter sunrise.
Brilliant red willows cover the floor of the valley of Spring Creek on the Rio Grande National Forest. Winter is often seen as a bleak and colorless season, but I find that the colors are just different. Sometimes the colors are more subtle and gentle, and sometimes they bring lovely contrasts.
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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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!
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.
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.
The warm glow of sunset radiates above the notch in the Flatirons west of Boulder, CO. September 2015
Porphyry Basin Creek #2
The flowers were in full force as the sun slowly dipped below the horizon. The jagged ridges above the basin were casting long shadows, and the tranquility of the evening settled over the valley. It was a day that reminded me that a day in the mountains is a good day.
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Bald Mountain Winter Sunset
Boreas Mountain lights up with the subtle orange shades of sunset as the day fades into memory.
Lake Park Sunrise #3
Golden sun warms the rocky ridges in Lake Park, along a 22-mile loop of trail that courses through the Lost Creek Wilderness of Colorado's Pike National Forest. June, 2015 This image required a tripod for multiple exposures as well as a wide angle lens.
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Boreas Mountain glows with the last light of the evening while Section House rests in the shade. Thank you again to 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and Summit Huts Association for maintaining a great piece of history and a wonderful shelter from both the chaos of life and Boreas' steady winds.