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Hardrock 100

Each year in the San Juan Mountains ultra-marathoners run through the night for 100.5 miles with a total elevation change of 67,984 ft. – average elevation of 11,000 ft for the Hardrock 100! I captured this lone runner just as the sun was coming over the horizon plodding along over to the next mountain pass. Cheers to these amazing athletes!

Hard Rock 100

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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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Red Mountain Pass

The most amazing scene a few weeks ago on my Colorado Fall Color Tour was coming out of Ophir Pass and heading north on the Million Dollar Highway (550) toward Ouray, Colorado was seeing Red Mountain Pass.  I have never seen so many fall colors in Colorado in one location.  It was truly an amazing sight intermixed with the iron-ore colored mountain pass.  Almost every turn was filled with amazing scenes that we didn’t know where to turn.  Here’s one shot above the mining area and highlighting the amazing color this year on the Ouray side of the pass. It was definitely one of highlights of the tour this year.

Red Mountain Pass or in this image, the Valley of Color during the fall season in the San Juan Mountains of Colordo.

Red Mountain Pass during the fall season – 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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