Cottonwood Pass sits on the Continental Divide in Southwest Colorado between the Gunnison and San Isabel National Forest at 12, 126 feet. The pass goes over the Sawatch Mountain Range between Gunnison/Crested Butte to the West and Buena Vista on the East. The road in the winter months is closed due to snow and this image today was taken in late September and as you can see snow had already started to accumulate on the pass.
This view if from the top of the pass viewing was along the Sawatch Mountain Range with a small alpine pool below to the left and on right the range leads you over toward Aspen. I didn’t realize it as the time, but there was a person standing down by the alpine pool and so that gives you a sense of scale for the image. The fall colors started late this year in Colorado due to tall the moisture, but as you can see in the valley below hints of colors were starting to show.
I wanted to take this time to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I appreciate all my readers and appreciate all the wonderful comments and encouragement this year. Have a wonderful holiday!
- Use a circular polarizer (CPL) to help give the mountains some definition and to cut the glare from the mid-day sun. Be wary using a CPL with lenses wider than 24mm because it creates an uneven pattern in images.
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
- Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
- Filter: B+W 82mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Slim MRC Filter
- ISO: 100
- Focal Length: 43 mm
- Aperture: f/8
- Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4