Rusty Rocks

Here are some abstract photos from a hike yesterday. I’ve hiked this trail numerous times and have always marveled at the crazy patterns, textures, and colors in this certain section of exposed rock. This time I stopped to take some photos. Here are a few that I liked. Overcast, stormy skies provided the perfect lighting, and a simple boost of contrast really made the colors pop even more.

Rusty Rocks #1

Rusty Rocks #2

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Woods Lake

orange aspens at Woods Lake, Colorado

I returned to Woods Lake near Telluride yesterday to shoot more of the great aspen colors there, prepared to camp in my truck for the night. Except that I forgot my sleeping bag! D’oh! Determined to stick with my plan, I bundled up in two down jackets and three pants layers and actually got a somewhat decent night’s sleep. It was mostly for naught, though, since the skies were clear and boring this morning. The photo above was from the late afternoon when a little patch of light shone through the clouds right before some impressive thunderstorms rolled in and stayed for half the night.

Golden Autumn

yellow aspens, Colorado

It seems to be a banner year for fall colors around the San Juans! I can’t remember seeing such a wide variety of colors in the aspens before… yellows, oranges, reds, and even a few mystical purple ones. Lots of healthy aspens this year. Also, the weather has finally returned, with lots of clouds and dustings of snow on the peaks. Woohoo! Here’s some photos from the aptly named Fall Creek today.

Woods Lake, Colorado

Colorful aspens reflected in a lake, Colorado

Grand Mesa

golden aspens on Grand Mesa, Colorado

I spent several days this last week on the Grand Mesa, relaxing and fly fishing with my dad. This was my first time visiting the Grand Mesa… it’s really a beautiful place, kind of like being in the mountains, minus the mountains. Here are some photos!

Grand Mesa sunset reflection

Dusk reflection in one of the many lakes (well, reservoirs mostly) on the Grand Mesa.

orange aspens on Grand Mesa, Colorado

Amazing variety of autumn colors in the vast aspens fields along the south side of the mesa.

red aspen tree

Even red!