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Re: FALL COLORS.....2011 ONLY, PLEASE (for now)

Postby jpfeif001 » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:15 pm

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Re: FALL COLORS.....2011 ONLY, PLEASE (for now)

Postby kimo » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:18 pm

...and the hits keep on coming. I like them all. Don't need to be some super advanced photographer or have the best gear to make a great photo.

vonmackle wrote:Wilson Peak Sept 27
North Clear Creek Falls Sept 29


The Wilson Peak photo is fantastic. And then I'm a sucker for water so the falls really connects with me. The composition, timing, and image quality on both is tops. Great work Cameron.



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Postby Beachrodney » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:31 am

A few more!
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Re: FALL COLORS.....2011 ONLY, PLEASE (for now)

Postby Jon Frohlich » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:41 am

It may be cliche...but it's a damn good cliche... yesterday morning at the Bells.

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Re: FALL COLORS.....2011 ONLY, PLEASE (for now)

Postby leaf-peeper » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:20 am

First posting, hope I haven't screwed it up! Our weekend routes were as suggested by Darren Kilgore at mycolorado.org. Ohio Pass, Kebler Pass, McClure Pass, Marble. Outstanding weekend!
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Postby leaf-peeper » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:32 am

couple more then I'll leave you alone. It was just such a wonderful weekend I can't stop!
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Re: FALL COLORS.....2011 ONLY, PLEASE (for now)

Postby aleph4 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:22 pm

Does anyone know what will happen with the predicted snow storm coming up? Any predictions as to what areas might hold up better (I presume the least close to peak areas)

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Postby traderaaron » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:36 pm

aleph4 wrote:Does anyone know what will happen with the predicted snow storm coming up? Any predictions as to what areas might hold up better (I presume the least close to peak areas)


New Mexico?

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Postby Jon Frohlich » Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:43 pm

traderaaron wrote:
aleph4 wrote:Does anyone know what will happen with the predicted snow storm coming up? Any predictions as to what areas might hold up better (I presume the least close to peak areas)


New Mexico?


New Mexico was what I was thinking. The snow will definitely mess things up. There will be some leaves left but the color will be muted and the undergrowth like the ferns will get wrecked. Especially with the windy conditions predicted for the next few days. Everything I saw this weekend will be way past peak by Saturday anyway. I did Cottonwood Pass -> Crested Butte -> Kebler Pass -> McClure Pass -> Carbondale -> Aspen.

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Re: FALL COLORS.....2011 ONLY, PLEASE (for now)

Postby Mark Curtis » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:40 pm

Not always true about the snow. Some of the coolest aspen shots I've seen were with a dusting of snow (and also late in the fall season)....it can really enhance the epic nature of the scene.

The wind will do its thing, but there are always protected stands. Conditions might not be ideal for large areas of consistent color (or as Jon intimated, even having leaves at all), but the more intimate and unique shots could still be there.

Yes, New Mexico. Well, it's probably a good idea for this late in the colors parade.....except that if you are expecting it to be like Colorado you might be wholly underwhelmed. I have not seen all of the areas recommended, but of the ones I did see that were highly touted......only the stretch between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarillo (esp. closer to the latter) on US 64 was in the same league. To be fair, it did look like there were some nice groves north of Santa Fe, but part of the problem with New Mexico for aspen viewing is the elevation where aspen flourish is much higher in their mountains. Not just literally higher elevation wise, but also practically higher because of access from easily viewable roadways. We are so spoiled in Colorado with the terrain and accompanying roads surrounding the aspen being so high to begin with.....it makes for much more convenient photographic opportunities. You can take quick tours over good paved roads, or explore in varying degrees.

And that's the other thing about New Mexico. Many of the roads are in very poor condition. US 285 from Espanola to Taos (for example) was an undulating mess. Other roads to key scenic areas were also in disarray (anyone driven to Chaco?). This isn't to say Colorado doesn't have it's share (of bad roads)....I know most states have issues with road conditions these days.....but proportionately I really came to appreciate our wonderful state all the more. And I'm not trying to gratuitously bash New Mexico. I think you see what you want to see....and there are plenty of nice areas down there. Just consider how many places there are in Colorado yet to be explored by your wheels. :mrgreen:

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Re: FALL COLORS.....2011 ONLY, PLEASE (for now)

Postby Matt » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:49 pm

Mark Curtis wrote:
Yes, New Mexico. Well, it's probably a good idea for this late in the colors parade.....except that if you are expecting it to be like Colorado you might be wholly underwhelmed. I have not seen all of the areas recommended, but of the ones I did see that were highly touted......only the stretch between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarillo (esp. closer to the latter) on US 64 was in the same league. To be fair, it did look like there were some nice groves north of Santa Fe, but part of the problem with New Mexico for aspen viewing is the elevation where aspen flourish is much higher in their mountains. Not just literally higher elevation wise, but also practically higher because of access from easily viewable roadways. We are so spoiled in Colorado with the terrain and accompanying roads surrounding the aspen being so high to begin with.....it makes for much more convenient photographic opportunities. You can take quick tours over good paved roads, or explore in varying degrees.

And that's the other thing about New Mexico. Many of the roads are in very poor condition. US 285 from Espanola to Taos (for example) was an undulating mess. Other roads to key scenic areas were also in disarray (anyone driven to Chaco?). This isn't to say Colorado doesn't have it's share (of bad roads)....I know most states have issues with road conditions these days.....but proportionately I really came to appreciate our wonderful state all the more. And I'm not trying to gratuitously bash New Mexico. I think you see what you want to see....and there are plenty of nice areas down there. Just consider how many places there are in Colorado yet to be explored by your wheels. :mrgreen:


Dude, I will send some whine with you next time you visit the Land of Enchantment. :?
Sorry you've missed out down there. Some of my favorite fall color photos have come from New Mexico.
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