Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Color Photography Trip 2014

Aspen Canopy

Just returned from a week long trip driving around the state with Cami and our 1 year old daughter KD to take some shots of the awesome fall colors Colorado is known for.  This was an AMAZING TRIP!

After doing some extensive online research and planning I came to the conclusion that there are two mountain ranges in Colorado that hold the best overall opportunity for photographing pristine mountains with aspen groves in the foreground:

The Elks

mt. sopris sunrise near Carbondale Colorado
Mt. Sopris

We spent the first 3 days/2 nights camping out in the truck near Aspen/Carbondale area.  We didn't waste one sunrise or sunset!  The elk range is very beautiful indeed.  I am sure I will return to this beautiful area in the coming years.

Capitol Peak
Capitol Peak vertical near Aspen Colorado

Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells

The San Juans

Dallas Divide
High Country

After two nights of sleeping (or not sleeping) in the truck bed with the baby kicking us during the night, we were happy to arrive at our cosy hotel room at the Ouray Chalet hotel in Ouray, also known as the Switzerland of America.   The San Juan Mountains, specifically the area of the Sneffels Range around the small mountain towns of Ridgeway and Telluride, are nothing short of spectacular!  I could have easily spent the entire week here.  I still feel like I wasn't able to check off all the spots I had on my checklist.  There are just infinite mountain vistas here to explore!  A few drives especially worth noting are Owl Creek Pass, Dallas Divide, and Last Dollar Road.

Dallas Creek Road
Golden Aspen Road

Wilson Peak
Wilson Peak Fall Colors

The Cimarrons
The Cimarrons

Time to start planning for Fall Colors 2015!

"Soli Deo Gloria"