Fall Circuit 2011 Part I

I had a week off in late September for my annual fall colors shoot--but it was too early this year; the leaves changed about a week-10 days late. So, once back to work, I eyed the weather for a couple opportunites to make quick day trips to the mountains, to catch the peak colors. This was my first whirlwind tour--I snuck it in on a day off so I had a full 24 hours to play with. Drove over Monarch Pass, on to Ohio and Kebler Passes (in the pouring rain), then slid down to 133 and McClure Pass. Next morning, shot Maroon Bells and the Aspen area, then back over Independence Pass and on home! Nothing beats bad weather for good photography. All the mud in my car was well worth it. Here's the highlites!
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Over the Divide

Gunnison area, Colorado

The aspen going over Monarch Pass were near peak.
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Split Decision

Monarch Pass, Colorado

Neat mix of evergreens and aspen.
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Standing Tall

Ohio Pass, Colorado

It started raining harder as I went over Ohio Pass, and I began to wonder how far I'd get with 2WD!
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Ferns in White

Kebler Pass

The famous Kebler ferns.
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Marcellina Madness

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Marcellina Mountain in its foggy glory.
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Marcellina II

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Close up of a fresh waterfall.
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Ragged Weather

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Zooming in on the Raggeds from Dark Canyon.
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Raggeds Pano

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Panorama pf the Raggeds, as a slight break in the storm allows a quick view.
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Mega-Raggeds

Kebler Pass, Colorado

This is a 10 image stitch--nearly 80 million pixels!
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Raggeds Fall I

McClure Pass, Colorado

Fog and Fall are a winning combination!
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Apparition

McClure Pass, Colorado

The Raggeds, from the approach to McClure Pass.
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Out of the Void

McClure Pass, Colorado

Amazing juxtaposition of cloud and trees.
Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.