This post includes images from Grand Mesa which is a 2 hour drive north from our home. Arriving mid-morning this was more of a scouting trip since the time of day was not in my favor for very long. I was in awe of the fantastic views from the top of the mesa and hope you too can understand the sense of that wonder from these images. After photographing from the overlooks we took a walk down a dirt road lined with aspen trees. I love the way the leaves sound in the wind… a delicate tinkling. And with some back-light the already bright, yellow aspen foliage becomes even brighter. Finally I couldn’t resist an isolated reflection, so brilliant, abstract and fun to capture!
Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the entire world… it has an area of about 500 square miles and stretches for about 40 miles between the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. The Mesa rises about 6,000 feet above the surrounding river valleys with a maximum elevation of 11,333 feet at the tallest peak. Situated in a semi-arid area just outside of Grand Junction the Mesa offers a contrasting alpine environment with 300 lakes and a ski resort reporting an average snowfall of 250 inches.