Capital Creek Color

One of the new places on tour this year was venturing into the Aspen Snowmass area for fall colors. We ventured down Capital Creek Road and came upon a massive color in the hills leading up to Capital Peak.  Unfortunately that afternoon Capital Peak was covered in fog, except for a brief glimpse, but the hills below Capital Creek Road were amazing. This area is within the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness in the White River National Forest. The road is very scenic taking you along beautiful ranches before coming up to an off-road venture past grazing cows to an opening with amazing views.

I captured this section of the hillside with my 70-200 and in particular I noticed the distinct burst of orange in the stand that was among a sea of gold and green. The intricate details of the thousands of trees stand out when I compress this image with a telephoto lens. It’s amazing to think that all these aspen are part of a single living organism.

A burst of orange stands out among a huge aspen stand of gold and green along the hillside below Capital Creek Road in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness in the White River National Forest near Snowmass and Aspen, Colorado - Fall 2014
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Capture Notes:

  • Michael Criswell

    Wow, what a breathtaking view Rick

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Mike! It was an amazing view!

  • That was a really cool location despite our inability to see the mountains clearly. Killer shot Rick. Great memories.