Category Archives: Telluride

County Road 9

One of the most beautiful roads in the Uncompahgre Wilderness during the fall is the West Dallas Creek Road, or County Road 9. There is an amazing view of Sneffels Mountain Range towering over the West Fork of the Dallas Creek, colorful scrub oak and the surrounding valley full of large groves of aspens. It’s one of the highlights of my Fall Tour and I look forward to seeing this area every year.

West Dallas Creek Road

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Standing Tall

I’m getting so excited for fall colors!  It’s just around the corner!  Only 17 more days for the Colorado Fall Colors Tour.

I’ve actually had one opening free up on the tour if anyone is interested. Just contact me for more details. We are starting in Aspen this year with a Photoshop Lightroom class and finishing up with 3 days in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride.

I think this is my favorite time of the year with the crisp mornings and warm afternoons and shimmering gold leaves of the aspen trees against the beautiful mountain backdrops of the Rocky Mountains. This image was taken along McClure Pass in the Aspen Snowmass Wilderness. The tops of these aspen trees towered above the hillside along Captiol Peak mixed in among the deep green pine trees. I used my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L IIs to compress the images isolating the group of golden aspens standing tall on the hillside.

Standing Tall | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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La Junta Peak

Above Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride is a trail leading further up into the high country to Blue Lakes of the San Juan Mountains.  It’s an old mining road and along the way there are still remnants of mines from the past.

This image is of an old abandoned mining shack with La Junta Peak and the mountain ridges off in the distance. The area around Telluride is filled with old mining ruins reminding of the past history in the area.

Mining shack on the trail to Blue Lakes above Telluride with La Junta Peak in the background – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Sunrise at Governor Basin

Governor Basin was amazing a couple of weeks ago. The trail to Governor Basin was a bit muddy, but the drive paid off with lush greens colors and amazing wildflowers which offset the deep rich colors of the ore and soil within the basin and the Saint Sophia Ridge. This is sunrise at Governor Basin near Ouray, Colorado in the Umcompahgre National Forest.

Sunrise at Governor Basin

Sunrise at Governor Basin

The funny (and not so funny) thing is when I went to grab my camera and tripod out of the back of the 4Runner, I realized that my tripod didn’t make it on the trip. I accidentally left it at home.  Luckily I had my Gorillapod with me and improvised to capture a sunrise shot.  The nice thing about the Gorillapod is that it was low to the ground and was able to pull in some of the low lying wildflowers for the image.

Fuji X-T1 on Gorillapod

Fuji X-T1 on Gorillapod

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Colorado Fall Color Tour 2015

Colorado Fall Color Tour

Colorado Fall Color Tour

The Colorado Fall Color Tour for 2015 is now set and ready for you to participate! Early interest is at an all time high so there are only a few spots left in the tour. This year I’m combining forces with The Photo Frontier and Armando Martinez will be helping me lead the tour. He’s a master Lightroom and Photoshop expert and is waiting to give out his tips and tricks during the tour.

This year again I’m limiting the number of tour participants so you can get personal instruction and help when needed. The tour will begin in Aspen this year and head south again to our main base in Telluride, Colorado, one of the top Adventure Cities in the world. You’ll have 3 and 1/2 days of out in the field shooting.
Head over to the Tour page for more information and to reserve your spot in this year’s tour.

Look forward to seeing you this fall here in Colorado!

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Pot of Gold

On the last Colorado Fall Colors Photography Tour I took the group to Last Dollar Road where I knew the evening sunset would create some evening alpenglow along the Sneffels Range and give some nice color for the evening. Sunset was upon us and some fast-moving storm clouds came upon us leaving us with a light rain. It’s always nice to have some dramatic clouds to add to the scene, but just as the sun came down low on the horizon the rain clouds gave way to sunshine and gave us a wonderful rainbow on the scene.  You can see a slight second rainbow on the left, but not quite enough to make it distinct.

With the fall colors, this rainbow left us a pot of gold along the hillside making for some dramatic colors including the red-roofed farm-house in the scene. I don’t think I could have asked for better that evening.  Last Dollar Road never seems to disappoint during sunset or sunrise. It has to be one of my favorite roads always leaving me with a wonderful scene every time I venture on the road.

Pot of Gold – Last Dollar Road – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Last Dollar Road Sunrise

The light is always dramatic at the top of Last Dollar Road and I can always count on coming away with a great image at Sunrise or Sunset. The light comes in from the left or the right of the scene depending on the time of day and creates some dramatic and amazing contrasts and textures, especially during the fall season with gold aspens spread across the mountain side below Mt. Wilson.

This was the final sunrise in Telluride for my fall tour this year and Last Dollar Road did not disappoint. I just love the brilliant gold color brought in just as the sun rose above the horizon contrasted by the iron ore red alpenglow along the Mt. Wilson range. The light was amazing and seemed like every few minutes the scene would change to create another great image.

I can’t wait to take my next set of tour guests to this wonderful place.

Sunrise view from Mt. Wilson from Last Dollar Road in the Fall

Last Dollar Road Sunrise | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Fall at Ophir Pass

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post.  I’ve been traveling for the last couple of weeks, first for my Colorado Fall Colors Tour and then out to the east coast with a little visit to NY and then to Acadia National Park in Maine with a group of photographers for the annual nXnw get together. It was another successful Colorado Fall Colors tour greeted with some rain this year, but did not disappoint and finished off with an amazing sunrise at Maroon Bells this year.  Look forward to that image in the coming weeks.

One of my favorite passes that isn’t too technical in terms of off-roading is Ophir Pass.  It’s greater with aspen fields at the beginning and end of the pass and then a spectacular view down a valley into the town of Ophir with aspen trees and the reddish ore color of the mountain side. The colors this year were amazing and filled the hillsides with golden, and orange aspen color.

Here is a 9 shot panorama I captured near the top of Ophir Pass. I shot a majority of the tour with my Fuji X-T1 and it was refreshing. I find it to be a very capable camera, especially for landscape photography.  I’ll share more in a review coming up in the next few weeks.

A view of Ophir Pass during the fall season.

Fall at Ophir Pass | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Telluride

I’m starting my Fall Tour today and heading back down to my favorite area in the state, Telluride, Colorado. It’s a small ski town surrounded by the most beautiful terrain in the state and some of the most amazing ranch land. The town is never very crowded, probably because it’s 6-7 hours from Denver and tucked in a small box canyon. There is a local airport, but fares tend to be high and other regional airports are 2-2.5 hours away, but I believe it’s worth the journey.  No Pain, No Gain.

Historic Telluride, Colorado

Historic Telluride, Colorado

Ski Bench

Ski Bench

This town is very dog friendly and walking around there is always a friendly face waiting to great you.

Puppy in Telluride, Colorado

Puppy in Telluride, Colorado

Dogs in Telluride, Colorado

Dogs in Telluride, Colorado

If you ever head down be sure to visit some of my favorite places, such as the Steaming Bean which has some of the best coffee in town and at night will entertain you with live bands as well.

Steaming Bean Telluride, Colorado

Steaming Bean Telluride, Colorado

For Lunch or Dinner head over to the best Pizza in Town, Brown Dog Pizza or possibly over the Floadora Saloon for some amazing food and live entertainment while you eat.

Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, Colorado

Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, Colorado

Live Entertainment at the Floradora Saloon

Live Entertainment at the Floradora Saloon

And if you are looking for entertainment, head over to the Sheridan Opera House for a show to top off your day.

Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, Colorado

Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, Colorado

Poncho Sanchez at the Sheridan, Telluride, Colorado

Poncho Sanchez at the Sheridan, Telluride, Colorado

Of course there is fantastic skiing in Telluride.  There is a free gondola that will take you from the historic downtown up to the ski village and runs ever day from 7am to midnight,

Gondola, Telluride, Colorado

Gondola, Telluride, Colorado

but in the spring, summer and fall months be sure to come down and view the surrounding scenery that is Colorado.  I’m off to do some fall shooting here in Telluride and then off to Acadia National Park to experience some fall in the Eastern part of the country.  My blog posts will be light but stay tuned for some posts when I get back.  In the mean time be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for updates from my trip.  Have a great fall season!

Mt. Sneffels

Mt. Sneffels

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Colorado Sheep

The land around Telluride is some of the most beautiful ranch land in the country. The ranches are active ranches and home to many of the Colorado Sheep ranches. Almost every time I head down I seem to encounter Peruvian Sheep farmers tending to their flock. Herding sheep is one of the few industries that still allows for migrant workers and it takes these South Americans and their skills to maintain these flocks of sheep. It’s a lonely job, just out in the wilderness with just your self, your dogs to keep you company walking the many miles of ranch land tending to the sheep to make sure they stay safe.

My last trip we came upon this large herd crossing the road on the Last Dollar Ranch. It just made for an amazing scene with the Sneffels Range in the background. I don’t speak spanish well, but the sheep herder was kind enough to let me capture a picture of him, skin weathered from the many days out on the range.

Colorado Sheep with the Sneffels Range as a back drop on the Last Dollar Ranch near Telluride, Colorado

Colorado Sheep | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

The Peruvian Sheepherder and his companion in the Uncompahgre National Forest on Last Dollar Ranch near Telluride, Colorado

The Peruvian Sheepherder | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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