Jason and I returned to southwest Colorado this year as I so impressed by what we experienced there last year. We explored a variety of back roads that we somehow missed last year and were rewarded with new scenes to photograph.
We started in Aspen to photograph the well-known Maroon Bells, named for the two mountain peaks behind Maroon Lake. From there, we head down to Ridgway, Colorado to work with the large variety of scenes there. The original “True Grit” was filmed in and around Ridgway. Of course, it is much different now than is was in 1970. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend the True Grit Café.
Usually, most landscape photography is timed around sunrise and sunset. However, there is something about the combination of the fall colors with blue skies that just seems pleasing. The trick is taking the photo shortly after sunrise or shortly before sunset when the sky is not too bright.
We were a little disappointed by the lack of snow on the mountains this year, but soon realized that there are color variations in the mountain rock that creates a different, and equally interesting part of the composition.
I would like to go back again next year, but there are so many other places to be. Next up will be Great Smoky Mountains National Park for fall color there.
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