Random shots of fall on the front range. Winter is basically here, most of the fall colors are nearly done down here. The dry season really put the hurt on for many of the trees so their transition wasn’t the same this year.
Catching up still on favorite photos I’ve taken this year are some from Loveland Pass. Loveland Pass is the last westbound exit on the east side of the Continental Divide along I70. It takes skiers to Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) and Keystone Ski resorts. It is also the route that hazmat vehicles have to take (not allowed with mixed traffic through the tunnels). There are a number of trails of various difficulty at Loveland Pass, all above or at treeline, most all above 10,000 ft in elevation.
The mostly unedited and complete camera roll can be found here on iCloud.
Probably one of my favorite photos I’ve taken this year. An American Bison (commonly called a buffalo) out grazing at a local foothills ranch. I love how he looks devilish, cuddly, kind, warm, and wild all at once.
More photos are on iCloud.
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Well, I was driven away by mother nature with impending doom (thunderstorms). When I was racing mountain bikes, I got caught out too many times in severe weather, sometimes by choice (indirectly due to races in the backcountry). I am familiar enough with seeking shelter from freezing downpours and hail under massive trees that attract lightning. So at the first signs of rain, I did an about face and got back to the trailhead. Luckily it only sprinkled, just enough that I was debating putting the rain gear on but not enough to actually do it. By the time I got off the mountain back into town (which was about an hour), significant showers had rolled through. Seems some areas got hail. Really glad I was not out in the middle of it!
I picked up a new 16mmF1.4 prime lens today and ran out front for a few quick shots mostly just flipping setting to see how they may turn out. More photos posted on icloud and check out my Instagram and follow.
View The Hi-Res album w/Videos. I underestimated Saturdays adventure and didn’t have enough time and possibly not enough clear weather to get very far. I ventured over to the back country area of Mount Evans and entered wilderness territory on the Beaver Meadows Trail. Getting to the trailhead was a bit unexpected. The map indicated it was a dirt road which I was fine with, but the going was a bit slow since I didn’t know the way and I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn into a 4×4 road. It didn’t, most any car should be able to make the drive, though it is dusty!
Anyways, I don’t have a good GPS track because I forgot to turn the tracker off. I’ll be going back though, there is a lot to explore here!
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Staying close to home today because it is scheduled to thunderstorm and I didn’t want to drive too far to be rained out. If you’ve never been in a thunderstorm up in the Rockies, outside and unprotected, it is something you want to avoid! Lightning aside, the water and air temperature can drop down to freezing and then the hale, ouch! I’ve done enough bike races where I’d be out in the backcountry above the tree line and been caught out, wet, frozen and mentally shattered (lightning strikes are terrifying). So today I checked out the Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop near Genesee Park. Right next to the buffalo overlook. The link should take you to my tracks for the day.
Alltrails has the place labeled as difficult, I didn’t think so. I am not sure what the criteria are but the hikes I’ve done in previous weeks which are called moderate are much harder in my opinion.
Anyways, got so nature photos in and close-ups of local wildflowers. The only animals I managed to catch on camera are the bees and butterflies. I did get a few visits from hummingbirds but they refused a photo.
Overall it is a nice well-maintained trail with a couple of rocky sections. It was fairly crowded by the time I was done, the parking lot was full and more cars where arriving.
Here are some bees and butterflies I took some time to photograph.
Didn’t make it to the end of the trail as I was taking too many pictures. Here is a link to the trail https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/stanley-mountain-trail. Seems to be popular this time of year.
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