Maroon Bells Reflection, September 19, 2008
Nikon D200 12-24mm lens @ 14mm f/22-1/13sec
Mule deer crossing the Rio Grande River
Wheeler National Mounment is located about 15 miles north of Hwy 160 between South Fork and Creede, Colorado. It is the remnants of volcanic eruption thousands of years ago.
Maroon Bells peaks taken September 15, 2008. Equipment: Leica Digilux 3, Singh-Ray Polarizing/Warming filter, Slick carbon fiber tripod with Slick ball head.
One of the most beautiful places on earth!
Stand of golden aspens near Crested Butte, CO.
The back-lit aspen trees seem to glow in the noon day sun.
I was in Great Sand Dunes National Monument before sunup and watched the rising sun turn these low clouds blood red. What a sight! Never miss a sunrise if you can help it.
Roaring River rock bed
The Rio Grande River winds through pastures of Mineral County, Colorado.
The headwaters of the Rio Grande River in Mineral County, Colorado begin here where several creeks flow into two reservoirs. The water begins a journey south which will take it through Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and into the Gulf of Mexico.
"Open Door" was photographed at Bent's Fort in Colorado, near La Junta, CO. Your eye is drawn down the covered walkway to the open door. Bent's Fort was built in the 1830's by the Bent brothers for the western fur trade. It was an important stop on the Old Spanish Trail to Sante Fe.
North Clear Creek Falls, Mineral County, Colorado drains into the Rio Grande River
Natural Bridge Mounument in Utah
Rio Grande River valley in Mineral County near Creede, Colorado
Creede, Colorado was established in 1890 after the discovery of silver in this mine by Nicholas Creede on Willow Creek. Silver brought a short term prosperity to Creede. The silver played out and most of the residents left. Creede is a small town which attracts retirees and people who want a quiet life. These old abandoned mines are all that is left of the mining industry.
Maroon Bells peaks
Traveling west through Cottonwood Pass, Colorado
This photograph was taken west of the Great Sand Dunes National Park with the sand dunes in the foreground and the Sangre de Christi Mountains behind them.
This is looking south directly above Creede, Colorado down Willow Creek as it winds it way to the Rio Grande River.
These cottonwood trees were standing along the roadside in Colorado.
North of Crested Butte, Colorado
Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado
North of Crested Butte is one of the Fourteeners, Gothic Mountain. Thanks to whoever corrected my error.
This arch is located in the mountains north of South Fork, Colorado.
Gunnison National Forest from Cottonwood Pass
That mountain in the background is Bristolhead which stands three thousand feet above the Rio Grande River as it winds through Mineral County, Colorado.