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…)

    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…)

    Surrounded by a Rainbow-Multicolored Aspen Grove

    A stand of pine and fir trees is surrounded by aspens with various stages of vibrant fall foliage outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    A stand of pine and fir trees is surrounded by aspens with various stages of vibrant fall foliage outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    Fall in the Rockies usually brings a variety of weather. One day you can be out shooting in short sleeves and the next you need to put on a winter coat. The forecast during my first visit to the Steamboat Springs area called for a storm moving in at the end of the week. And that it did indeed. (more…)

    In Golden Pond-Autumn Reflection on Crosho Lake

    The snow-topped tip of a submerged stump protrudes from Crosho Lake amid a rainbow of colors reflected from a hillside of golden aspens in the Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado.
    The snow-topped tip of a submerged stump protrudes from Crosho Lake amid a rainbow of colors reflected from a hillside of golden aspens in the Routt National Forest in northwest Colorado.

    The early fall snowstorm dumped a lot of snow along the road to Crosho Lake. After shooting the panorama of Flat Top Mountain that I posted yesterday, we figured we had made it that far up the road, why not continue on up to the lake. The dirt road was a little sloppy from the melting snow, but after a few miles we were able to park fairly close to the lake and hike to the edge. (more…)

    Shades of Autumn-Aspen Grove in Northwest Colorado

    A stand of multi-colored aspens glow in autumn sunlight on a mountainside in northwestern Colorado.
    A stand of multi-colored aspens glow in autumn sunlight on a mountainside in northwestern Colorado.

    If it weren’t for the fact that I geocode all of my images as soon as I get them downloaded, I don’t think I would be able to pinpoint exactly where all my images from this fall were taken. My good friend and fellow photographer Rod Hanna must have showed me every one of his favorite shooting locations. We revisited many of them to catch the view in different light or different stages of fall color. Occasionally (more…)

    Left Turn-Dune Patterns in White Sands National Monument

    Light playing off of sand dunes and the shadows that are cast create an interesting curving pattern in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.
    Light playing off of sand dunes and the shadows that are cast create an interesting curving pattern in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.

    I stopped in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico as I worked my way back home from my trip down south. I left Big Bend National Park a day early because strong winds had moved in and filled the skies with dust. Looking at the forecast for the White Sands area, it looked much more promising with light winds and partly cloudy skies. When I (more…)

    Aspen Grove Wildflowers-Springtime in Colorado

    Early spring wildflowers surround the trunks of a grove of aspens along Kebler Pass Road near Crested Butte, Colorado.
    Early spring wildflowers surround the trunks of a grove of aspens along Kebler Pass Road near Crested Butte, Colorado.

    I am currently on a trip down south and after driving from Colorado to Florida it got me in the mood for spring. Here is one of my favorite images taken quite a few years ago. On the drive west of Crested Butte, Colorado you will travel into a massive aspen grove that spreads for miles and miles. It is fun to visit here throughout the year to experience the changes in the forest. In the springtime, wildflowers are sprinkled among the aspen trunks offering a delightful contrast between the white bark, the fresh greenery, and the splashes of color.

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