I made some new friends at Colorado National Monument last week… Desert Bighorn Sheep friends, that is! It was a cloudy day and I was hoping it would stay that way. Canyons are difficult to photograph because of their extreme contrast so I wanted diffused light. Upon arrival I was greeted by some bighorn ewes and got a few shots that show how adorable they are before another visitor scared them off. The sun came out shortly after making the lighting conditions harsh, so I spent the day scouting the park. I drove from one end to the other and back again… about 25 miles one-way, stopping to walk out to several of the overlooks. Right around sunset there was another group alongside the road in an area deep in shade. The light was fading fast so I boosted up my ISO and shutter speed for some captures of rams that made the day seem better! I like that the images show how well the sheep blend in to their rocky habitat.
Desert Bighorn Sheep are a subspecies of Bighorn Sheep. Both males and females develop horns soon after they are born. Older rams have larger, curling horns that can grow to measure over 3 feet. The ewes’ horns are smaller and do not curl.
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Here are a group of images featuring the West Elk Mountains as seen from the Black Canyon National Park. I went to check out the canyon (about an hour and twenty minutes away) one day last week and once there was quite drawn to the mountains in the distance. I stopped at several different lookouts along the awe-inspiring canyon’s south rim but the light and sky just weren’t right for canyon pictures on this afternoon. I kept coming back to these mountains… they looked so pristine and majestic, cloaked in new-fallen snow. The winding road drew me in and I sought out different vantage points. I was attracted to the contrast between the warm tones of the high desert and the cold tones of winter’s approach. With the mountains quite far away and on the other side of the (2,000+ foot) deep canyon I used my longest lens, a 100-400mm to make the mountains as prominent as I could. I enlarged the focal points in LiveView and used my loop to make sure the focus was spot on. Traveling up and down the south rim road a few more times I tried to become familiar with it for my next visit, which I hope will include some canyon images! Staying until after sunset I photographed the clouds and alpine glow of last light on the beautiful scenery before calling it a day… a ‘very good’ day!
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After going to a waterfall near Telluride one day not too long ago, we decided to explore another road I had been curious about. Up and around on a narrow dirt road we climbed, one switch-back after another. I avoided looking down at the cliff right below my passenger door and at the same time hoped no one would be coming the other way! The snow began to get a little deeper in spots as we gained elevation (ending up at about 11,000 feet). Finally we came upon an old mining, ghost town. At that high elevation and rugged landscape we were reminded of how tough the miners and other people who lived here back in the day were! Of course I needed to get in a few quick shots before it started to drizzle and get dark. Some of the buildings were without roofs and in bad shape… bowing and tilting and falling apart. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will weather the winter months. It will be impossible to get up there without a snowmobile soon. I do hope they are still standing when I can go back in the late spring and spend more time. Here are a few favorites!
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This post will conclude my ‘Colorado Autumn’ series. Mother Nature is telling me that it’s time to move on… the leaves have fallen from the trees and there’s snow on the the high peaks. Soon it will be winter and there will be new subjects to photograph.
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The second half of my Colorado autumn was just as colorful as the first half. I got out as much as I could in the mornings and evenings. Since I am still learning the lay of the land my adventures were sometimes no more than exploring and scouting. This is a beautiful but rugged place… subject to its own unique, photography challenges. Mother Nature is unpredictable here… clouds come and go and so does the weather with blue skies prevailing. At sunrise the light takes a little longer to come up over the mountains and at sunset it may disappear sooner than expected. Leaves are falling and signs of winter are here. Snow comes early to the high peaks and makes a beautiful accent to the already beautiful scenery. My next post and last in my ‘Colorado Autumn’ series will feature a few of these. Thanks very much for visiting!
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This is my first fall in Colorado and I was somewhat surprised by the number of people that flock to the Western Slopes to photograph the colorful and dramatic scenery. I met a number of photographers (and dogs) at my various stops. Some lived as close as my new hometown of Ridgway, many were from the front range near Denver and some lived as far away as Switzerland. It was fun meeting everyone, hearing their stories and sometimes sharing tips on where to go. With that said, there is also a benefit to photographing alone. The images in this post are from a recent shoot in a lovely aspen grove… all by myself. Here I was able to get into ‘the zone’… a sort of zen-like experience. Without distractions and outside influences I was in the moment, totally immersed in the trees and captures. It was a very enjoyable morning!
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I have been putting processing my images on the back burner these last few weeks. Since the autumn foliage won’t last forever I decided to spend my energy shooting… I can always work with the shots later. The images in this post were captured near Telluride which is becoming one of my favorite ‘go to’ areas. You may be wondering if the golds are really this vibrant and the answer is yes! If I wasn’t here to witness how brilliant these trees can look with the right lighting I might not believe it myself. I took my time photographing this first scene making several compositions… horizontal, vertical, wide, zoomed, etc. and had a hard time picking a favorite. I was pleased to find a great spot where I can see 360 degrees. The last three images are all from ‘my spot’ on the same evening. To the north a colorful plume sprang from a nearby mountain while the sun was setting to the west and the moon was rising to the east. What a fun night I had shooting in all directions while listening to the elk bugle in the valley below!
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