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I’m in New York again on business this week. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to get out and capture New York but if there is a will there is a way. Hopefully I’ll come back with a few attractions from the Big Apple.
Fall is in the air here in Colorado and in the high country, colors are starting to change. This past weekend and this upcoming weekend should be prime for capturing the golden aspens here in Colorado. I’m hoping to spend next weekend back down in the Ouray/Telluride area when I return. My wife and I took a quick trip up to Boreas Pass and this time went over the pass to Breckenridge, Colorado. You could tell the dry summer is affecting the leaves this year, but there was still plenty of fabulous scenery along the way.
Coming down from Boreas Pass as you enter into Breckenridge you see the gold stands intermingling among the pine trees. I love how the gold of the aspens bursts out in color against the dark green pine trees lining the mountain side.
Along the trail up to Lake Isabelle are some awesome streams and little waterfalls. Just before you get to the steep climb up to the lake is a wooden bridge over a set of waterfalls. I captured this beauty on the way back from the lake straddling a few rocks on the stream going down underneath the bridge. Warning: Have waterproof boots and wood socks! The scene was too pretty to pass up and it took a few shots of taking an image between wiping off the lens from the spray of the water.
It’s sunflower season again here in Colorado. This year unfortunately has not been a very good crop. I was talking to a farmer that owns this particular field and he said they just didn’t have the moisture this year that was needed and the out of normal warm temperatures didn’t make for a particularly good crop this year. The sunflowers will be lucky to produce any seed this year. The sunflowers here are smaller than last year and many were already drooping or ready to droop without producing any seed, which is the what produces money for these farmers.
Are you wondering why the sunflowers aren’t facing the sun? Sunflowers as they are growing will face the sun. The stem and bud of the flower actually rotate during the day to always face the sun and return at night to face eastward. Once the flower blooms, the rotation stops and the flowers will face east. The image below shows the sunflowers facing east away from the setting sun in the west. Though the crops may not be producing the necessary yields, they can still produce a nice landscape image. Here’s a field of gold as the sun was setting here in Weld County, Colorado.
Here in the Rockies trees are blown over by the elements, sometimes by lighting or by high wind and many times with age trees will snap. This particular tree stump still had life. The evergreen like moss has taken over on a tree that no longer has life. It gives it life and color and continues to multiply along the ridges and crevices of the tree that was once there.
This particular tree stump intrigued me. Looking deep into the texture it almost appears as if it’s a scene from one of the Lord of the Ring movies. This is just one of the scenes from my hike last week into Rocky Mountain National Park.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Memorial Day Holiday weekend (at least those here in the United States). My wife, one of my daughters and I ventured up to Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend and did a moderate hike up to Bierstadt Lake. It was a nice way to get away from town and start the summer off enjoying one the four national parks here in Colorado.
There is a little stream along the trail right before Bierstadt Lake with a wooden bridge path leading over the stream. It was a welcome sign along the journey letting us know we were close to our destination. This hike was a nice way to kick off the summer hiking season.