Mountain Biking Crested Butte

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Janine riding the Upper Loop, Crested Butte, Colorado.

- Janine riding the Upper Loop, Crested Butte, Colorado.

The Upper and Lower Loops in Crested Butte are great trails.  They run parallel a nice little stream, and wind through some great stands of pine and aspen as they climb up the valley.  It was a great place to ride and photograph!  At 9,000 feet, I’m glad we are acclimatized to the elevation – no wonder everyone looks so fit around here!

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Fall Colors

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A small patch of color along Highway 92, Colorado.

A small patch of color along Highway 92, Colorado.

Finding nice patches of color has been a bit difficult, I think most photographers are hoping it improves next week.  This was the best patch of color I have seen in awhile.

Crested Butte, Colorado

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Crested Butte, Colorado.

Crested Butte, Colorado.

Crested Butte is a really cool little ski town!  The old buildings in the main part of town have been carefully restored and colorfully painted – it is like this on both sides of the street for a number of blocks.  This town has a ton of character, and the surrounding area offers endless outdoor activities.Read More

Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park

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Janine at a viewpoint at Black Canyon Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

Janine at a viewpoint in Black Canyon Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

Last week we were in one of the busiest National Parks, Rocky Mountain National Park.  Last night we visited one most people probably never have heard of, Black Canyon of Gunnison Natonal Park, but we weren’t at all disappointed, it is a beautiful Park!  It consists primarily of Black Canyon.  Black Canyon is very dramatic, at places over 2,700 feet deep, with solid rock walls full of interesting shapes, patterns and textures – a photographers dream!  We plan on returning and spending a bit more time at this little gem.

Painted Wall, Black Canyon Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

Painted Wall, Black Canyon Gunnison National Park, Colorado.

For the image of Painted Wall, I used a 3 stop graduated neutral density filter, and a blend of two different exposures.

By the way, thanks for all the great location suggestions and advice I have received from readers of my last few posts – I really appreciate it!

Here are more pictures of the Black Canyon of Gunnision National Park, Colorado.

Red Aspen

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Red Aspen during a snow storm, Monarch Pass, Colorado.

Red Aspen during a snow storm, Monarch Pass, Colorado.

I  love finding the occasional patch of red aspen – they really stand out in the sea of yellow.

When we passed through Monarch Pass a couple of days ago the colors were amazing.  We went back yesterday  to find most of them had past, I’m sure thanks to the stormy weather.  Lots of areas around here are still green, and the stormy weather didn’t hurt those trees, so I think there will be lots of fall to come!

Here are many more fall photos of Colorado.

Engineer Pass, Colorado

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Engineer Pass, Colorado.

Looking up towards Engineer Pass, Colorado.

We have moved down to Gunnison Colorado and are now trying to figure our way around this new area.  I think we are a tad early for the fall colors, which is good as it gives up more time to scout around this beautiful region.  Yesterday we explored down a couple of long dirt roads towards Engineer Pass and then Cinnamon Pass, both were a couple of great looking areas above the cool little town of Lake City, Colorado.  We look forward to returning as the colors progress.

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Current Conditions Rocky Mountain National Park Fall Colors

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Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

As you can see, the fall colors in the high elevations are beginning to change nicely – this was from Saturday morning.  The lower elevations still have a lot of green – if I had to predict, I think this upcoming week will be a lot better with next weekend possibly being the best.  Monday’s predicted cold front could add some nice snow on the mountains and could speed the change up a bit.  I’m getting excited for the fall colors!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado photos.