Fall color in the Colorado Rocky Mountains photographs
By Daniel J. SchneiderPosted:
In the fall of 2011 I took a drive through the mountains west of Denver, Colorado, in search of views and vistas worth sharing. The colors of the season were in full bloom between about 8,000 and 11,000 feet of elevation. I took along a friend who is also a photographer and artist and her 4×5 Busch Pressman.
We started down Colorado state highway 285 from Denver, moving toward Conifer. We stopped at her family’s cabin near Shaffer’s Crossing and a great view of a glade of aspen trees (which readily fill in burn areas in our fire-prone mountains because their root systems extend far and wide and well below the earth) in the shadow of Lion’s Head. After a quick stop at the famous Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in Bailey, we headed out over Guanella Pass with frequent stops.
Over the pass there were views of aspens in bright oranges and yellows virtually everywhere, and at the top the view of Mount Bierstadt and the saw tooth is great. With a little bit of rain from the afternoon clouds (I say “the” because it happens nearly every day in the mountains — though it’s snow six months of the year) and great temperatures, the whole drive was a pleasure.