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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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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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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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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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West Dallas Creek Road

West Dallas Creek Road is one of my favorite places to venture when I’m down in the Telluride area of Colorado. It just exemplifies why I love the Uncompahgre National Forest. Beautiful flowing scenery leading up to same amazing majestic mountains. I can’t wait to show this off again in two weeks on my Fall Colors Tour when the hillside is filled with the gold of the aspens and oranges and reds from the brush oak. It’s just one of the amazing scenes where you just want to pull out a rocking chair and soak in the beauty for a few hours.

A scene along the West Dallas Creek Road in the Uncomahgre National Forest near Telluride, Colorado with the Sneffels Mountain Range in the distance.

West Dallas Creek Road | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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The Box Canyon – Telluride, Colorado

Telluride sits in a box canyon and there is really only a single paved road heading into town. The other roads in and out of town are Jeep and off-road trails heading over mountain passes. This view is just above Bridal Veil Falls looking into the canyon leading down to Telluride Colorado. It’s an amazing view with the Sneffels Range off in the distance.  You can see the road off to the right leading up to this hiking trails and up to Bridal Veil falls from Telluride, Colorado.

The Box canyon above Bridal Veil Falls looking down into Telluride, Colorado

The Box Canyon above Telluride, Colorado | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Colorado Fall Colors

I can’t believe it’s already August.  Fall is just around the corner and I am looking forward to the September and October photo tours coming up here in Colorado and for people to experience the Colorado Fall Colors. This image is from last fall from one of my favorite places in the San Juan Mountains. It’s called Last Dollar Road and is a dirt road through ranch land between Ridgway and Telluride. It takes you through some of the most scenic landscapes made famous by movies such as True Grit starring John Wayne.

If you are thinking about coming out to see the Colorado Fall Colors, now is the time to book a photo tour and to schedule hotel rooms for Colorado Fall Colors and or Fall rut for Elk.  I have a few openings left and would love to show you around Colorado. It’s one of my favorite times of the year.  Contact me for more information and to see if we can fit in a photography tour for you this next month.

Colorado Fall Photography Tour

Colorado Fall Colors – Click To Enlarge/Purchase

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Kebler Ferns

During my camping trip in the San Juan Mountains we (Ryan Wright and I) were driving around Kebler Pass and noticed an aspen patch with an amazing floor of Ferns.  Such a beautiful site of greenery among the whites of the aspen trees.  I thought I would share that with you today.

A forest floor of ferns among a stand of aspen trees at Kebler Pass, Colorado.

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