Tomorrow I head out into the mountains for 4-5 days, hoping to capture some great Fall colors with my trusty camera. Before then, though, how about some recent new work before I go? :) The images in this post are now all available for purchase in the galleries. Just click the photo to be taken to it in its respective gallery.
The photo above I took this past Saturday on Boreas Pass, outside Breckenridge, CO. I was driving the pass hoping to catch some great Fall colors, but it was still a bit early yet in most spots, so I didn't catch much. However, I was up there still at sunset, so decided to setup for this shot on Bald Mountain. The alpenglow on it from the sun setting in the west was absolutely beautiful. I was probably only about 100 yards from the road, too, so didn't have to hike too far for this great vantage point; yet I was above and away from the road enough that I was completely alone, away from any other prying eyes. It was a great find!
These two photos below, variations on the came capture, I took the following day over on Weston Pass (near Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, S/W of Fairplay, CO), right next to the Weston Pass Campground. This was taken very late afternoon, and the lighting was just perfect for capturing that beautiful reflection. I processed the color version to show the Fall colors (even though they're not really peak yet here), but as an overall landscape photo, I really personally prefer the black & white version. Since people seemed to be divided on which version they liked best on Facebook, though, I decided I'll just release both and make everybody happy. :) Which do you prefer?
These next photos are new entries in the Nature & Wildlife gallery, and are of one of my favorite creatures in the high country, the marmot. I know some hikers/backpackers hate marmots, because if you're not careful, they can get into your food, gear, etc. I've never had that problem, though; you just need to take the right precautions. I love them. They're so cute and curious, yet territorial and vicious (with each other), too. Ever seen a couple marmots go at it in a territorial dispute? It's crazy! The second picture below is of a marmot still seething after he just chased off his vanquished opponent. Looks pretty mad, huh? He and the other marmot seemed pretty oblivious to the fact that we were even there, they were so involved in their fight, and ran to within 15 feet of us. It was pretty wild...
Anyway, the first photo I took just this past August on my trip up to Ice Lakes Basin, down in the San Juan mountains. This was shot on the hill just behind our campsite. That area was lousy with marmots; they were living under trees and rocks all around the area where our campsite was. I imagine part of that had to do with the neighboring creeks, but another part I imagine is all the campers that setup there. :) The second photo is the aforementioned angry/fighting marmot, and was shot up in Horn Fork Basin, in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, in June 2012.
I hope you enjoy the new images! Thank you for viewing!