Marcellina Mountain (11,348') and the surrounding aspen forest seems to glow in warm evening alpenglow of an October sunset.
We just returned from a magnificent fall color trip to Kebler Pass in the West Elk Mountains and Telluride in the San Juan Mountains. Conditions varied greatly, from brilliant stands of gold and red to bare trees, stripped by storms a few days prior. Photographically, it was a completely different situation every day, and exhilarating to make images of the inevitable march towards winter. I hope you enjoy my photo essay – just click on more:
East Beckwith Mountain (12,432') and golden autumn aspen are reflected in a beaver pond on Kebler Pass. Kebler Pass is renowned for its enormous aspen forest and limitless photographic opportunities.
Morning light grazes the rugged edges of Marcellina Mountain (11,348') and tops of gold aspen on Kebler pass.
A full October moon lights the aspen forest above our tent on Kebler Pass.
The ghost mining camp of Alta is situated at 11,800 feet with a stunning view of the San Miguel Range. Here, Wilson Peak (14,017') is viewed through windows in one of the remaining buildings. The town was never incorporated and operated from 1877 to 1948. Alta was Colorado's first mining town to use AC current, completing a long distance power line in 1891.
With "termination dust" on Wilson Peak (14,017'), the aspen forest below is both brilliant gold and bare trees. Winter isn't far away in early October. This image was made on Wilson Mesa near Telluride.
The October moon sets behind an autumn aspen forest near Telluride, almost looking like a ball rolling downhill. A 600mm lens enabled me to simplify the scene to just trees and moon.
Sunrise spotlights an aspen forest on Wilson Mesa near Telluride after leaves have fallen in early October. Nearby aspen were still brilliant gold.
Bright white aspen boles in chaotic patterns contrast with a golden backdrop nearing the end of fall color. The image was made along Last Dollar Road near Telluride.
While photographing the limitless compositions in an aspen forest near Telluride, I chose a simple closeup view with a slice of fall color for this image.
Wilson Peak (14,017') and Silver Pick Basin catch morning light on a golden autumn day. If you look close, you can see a hawk on the tall pine to the left.