Gold in Them Hills-Golden Aspens Surround Mining Town in Colorado

    The abandoned ore processing facility in the ghost town of Gilman is surrounded by golden aspen trees at the peak of autumn color in central Colorado.
    The abandoned ore processing facility in the ghost town of Gilman is surrounded by golden aspen trees at the peak of autumn color in central Colorado.

    Another of the few photographs I took this past fall. This was taken on the same day and trip as the last post. As you wind your way south along Highway 24, just before reaching the top of Battle Mountain Summit (a 9,243-foot pass), you will see the remains of the mining town of Gilman. It’s a popular spot for people to stop and take a picture of the decaying properties nestled among the aspens on the mountainside. With the fall colors at their peak that day, I too couldn’t resist stopping and capturing the scene in its golden splendor!

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    Standing in Gold-Colorful Aspen Grove in Colorado

    Aspen trunks are surrounded by golden thimbleberry plants at the peak of autumn color along Notch Mountain Road in central Colorado.
    Aspen trunks are surrounded by golden thimbleberry plants at the peak of autumn color along Notch Mountain Road in central Colorado.

    I was so busy last fall that I barely had any time to get out to shoot fall color in Colorado. Fortunately, I managed to take a side trip on my way back home from a business trip up to Minturn late in September. The colors along Highway 24 were just too good to ignore so I pulled off on Notch Mountain Road and climbed a short way up the road. As I rounded a bend, this magnificent aspen grove caught my eye. The golden undergrowth covered the hillside and made for a dreamy scene that I just had to capture. At least I came away with one image from the fall!

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    Golden Grove-Colorado Aspen Forest Panorama

    Autumn sunshine streams through an aspen grove illuminating the forest floor carpeted in golden undergrowth in the San Isabel National Forest outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    Autumn sunshine streams through an aspen grove illuminating the forest floor carpeted in golden undergrowth in the San Isabel National Forest outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    There is a large aspen grove that sits on top of a ridge down the valley from my home outside of Buena Vista. It is so large that in the fall, I can keep tabs on the changing colors by just looking out my window. That makes it easy for me to tell when it is time to take the forty-five minute drive over there. (more…)

    Autumn Color Splash-Vibrant Colorado Aspen Panorama

    A panoramic view of a vibrant grove of golden and orange aspen trees along Last Dollar Road outside of Ridgway in southwestern Colorado.
    A panoramic view of a vibrant grove of golden and orange aspen trees along Last Dollar Road outside of Ridgway in southwestern Colorado.

    I was so busy this past summer participating in art shows around Colorado that I barely got a chance to get out to take any pictures. It was driving me crazy, especially since I had picked up a new camera late in June. I finally got a chance to get out and do some shooting in September. (more…)

    Grace amidst Gold-Nellie Creek Falls in Southern Colorado

    Graceful Nellie Creek Falls is framed by golden aspen trees in the Uncompahgre National Forest outside of Lake City in southern Colorado.
    Graceful Nellie Creek Falls is framed by golden aspen trees in the Uncompahgre National Forest outside of Lake City in southern Colorado.

    Fall is quickly approaching and it reminded me of a trip I took last year. I met up with
    good friend and fellow photographer Rod Hanna
    in late September and headed out in search of peak fall color. We heard from others that the colors were good down around Lake City in southern Colorado. I hadn’t spent much time in the area and was anxious to check it out.

    The aspens were indeed near peak color when we arrived. As we traveled around looking for shots, I remembered that there was a waterfall nearby that I had never been to. A check of the map and we soon found our way to Nellie Creek outside of town. We parked at a pullout close to where the falls were and hiked up the single lane road to where we could see the falls between the trees. Shots I remembered seeing of the falls always had aspens in the foreground, and I now I could see why! We played around with different compositions using different trees in the shot and came home with many to choose from.

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    Autumn Transition-Clearing Storm Over Mount Princeton

    Overnight storm clouds begin to clear shortly after sunrise revealing a dusting of snow on the top of Mt. Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    Overnight storm clouds begin to clear shortly after sunrise revealing a dusting of snow on the top of Mt. Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    I was looking through my catalog for a new panoramic shot from Colorado and remembered that I had taken this image last fall just down the road in Buena Vista. The stormy skies began to clear shortly after sunrise and I could see things were shaping up for some dramatic light on the mountains. (more…)

    Silken Stairway-Archangel Falls in Zion National Park

    Left Fork Creek cascades down the red rock steps of Archangel Falls in a canyon punctuated by golden fall color in Zion National Park, Utah.
    Left Fork Creek cascades down the red rock steps of Archangel Falls in a canyon punctuated by golden fall color in Zion National Park, Utah.

    After a busy summer last year getting started in the art show scene, I was anxious to get out and do some shooting in the fall. One of the quick trips I took was down to Zion National Park in southwest Utah in early November. I always enjoy this park, especially in the fall. I met up with my good friends and fellow (more…)

    Autumn Diversity-Snow and Fall Colors in Northwest Colorado

    An early snowfall hangs on pine trees and blankets the ground below a hillside covered with aspen trees in a variety of autumn colors in the Routt National Forest outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    An early snowfall hangs on pine trees and blankets the ground below a hillside covered with aspen trees in a variety of autumn colors in the Routt National Forest outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    The snow set in just as the fall colors were reaching their peak this fall while I was up in Steamboat Springs shooting with good friend and fellow photographer Rod Hanna. We had to spend a day waiting out the storm and were anxious to get out and see if the leaves were left hanging on the aspen trees. (more…)

    Rainbow Road-Snowy Road through Multicolored Aspens

    A road winds through a snowy stand of multicolored aspens high up along County Road 8 in the Flat Top Mountains in northwestern Colorado.
    A road winds through a snowy stand of multicolored aspens high up along County Road 8 in the Flat Top Mountains in northwestern Colorado.

    The fall colors were definitely a mixed bag in Colorado this year. I spent quite a bit of time up in the northwest after my good friend and fellow photographer Rod Hanna convinced me that I needed to come up there to see the conditions myself. Rod has lived in Steamboat Springs for many years and knows the area well. I was fortunate to have him spend quite a bit of time showing me around. (more…)