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Coming soon: fall foliage

Going back to September 24 of last year for this image for Throwback Thursday. By all indications, our dry summer is leading to an early change of the foliage this year and will likely make the viewing time short. That will complicate things and make my annual goal to capture the spectacle a bit difficult but hopefully luck will prevail.

This image was taken along Colorado’s famous Peak to Peak Highway south of Nederland. About an hour before this image was taken I was standing about 1,000 feet higher in altitude in fresh snow taking picture of wildlife. Here though it was just rain and fog. The fence helped to create interest in the scene as the dreary skies sure weren’t helping.

Fall colors, fog and a fence along Colorado's Peak to Peak Highway.    (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall colors, fog and a fence along Colorado’s Peak to Peak Highway. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage at Leavenworth Creek

For some reason I didn’t do a very good job of sharing the fall foliage pics I captured a couple of months ago. Here is one to catch up a bit. Taken the third week of September on Guanella Pass in Colorado. It was rainy and overcast but that allowed for some soft, even light. As my son and I descended the pass, we stopped at this popular spot. I setup my tripod, put on a neutral density filter and slowed my shutter speed way down. This allowed the waters of the creek to blur and give them a smooth appearance.

Fall foliage above the waters of Leavenworth Creek near Georgetown, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage above the waters of Leavenworth Creek near Georgetown, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Foggy fall road

Such a picture-perfect scene showcasing the change of seasons here in Colorado. Taken a few weeks ago when the fall foliage along the Front Range were approaching their peak. The morning started clear but then fog arrived and enveloped the landscape. This road was lined with birch and cottonwood trees and seemed to disappear into nothingness at the end of it. This is probably one of my favorite pics of the fall colors that I captured this year.

Fog and fall foliage along a road on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fog and fall foliage along a road on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden leaves and blue sky

Taken last weekend, wind the day and night before had stripped a lot of the trees of many of their leaves. This tree however was holding on strong to its gold. The fall foliage and beautiful blue sky accented by the clouds looked pretty awesome. Image available here.

Golden leaves and blue sky on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Golden leaves and blue sky on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage dominates the view

Toward the end of my photo drive last Sunday I swung through St Vrain State Park north of Denver. There was a dense stand of a couple dozen birch trees that was lit up in autumn gold that drew my attention. I spent a half hour photographing those trees and leaves as they were just absolutely gorgeous. Walking beneath them, bathed in the filtered light, was almost magical. Looking up toward the sun, the view was nothing but yellow.

Birch trees in their autumn best are lit up by the morning sun.   (© Tony’s Takes)

Birch trees in their autumn best are lit up by the morning sun. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall colors and the daytime crescent moon

At the end of my photo drive this past Sunday, I swung through St. Vrain State Park, Colorado. There was one particular spot that had a number of birch trees absolutely with absolutely gorgeous fall foliage. I hopped out and shot those trees from just about every angle possible with my wide angle lens. At one point, I glanced up and see the somewhat faint crescent moon through the canopy of leaves. It looked awesome against that deep blue Colorado sky so I went back to my truck and grabbed my other camera with my big zoom lens and returned to capture a bunch of images of our only natural satellite and the leaves.

Fall foliage and the daytime crescent moon in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage and the daytime crescent moon in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The road into the fog, fall colors and snow

A collection of two seasons in one in Colorado’s high country a couple of weeks ago. The leaves were still bright yellow but a wintry storm brought fog and a light coating of snow to altitudes over 10,000 feet.

It was a sign of the changing seasons and it seems appropriate to post today since lower elevations where I live are set to receive our first snowfall of the season tonight and tomorrow. Certainly I love the different wildlife and photo opportunities that winter brings to the Front Range but I am not so sure I am ready for the cold. 😉

Fog envelops a road lined with trees wearing their fall best.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fog envelops a road lined with trees wearing their fall best. (© Tony’s Takes)

Looking up at the fall colors

One of my favorite perspectives when taking pictures of the fall foliage is to immerse myself in a bunch of aspen trees and point my camera straight up. Those golden leaves against our deep blue Colorado skies just look gorgeous. This year I only had limited success at that attempt due to either cloudy skies above or, in this case, a grove that had leaves already partially stripped by wind. Nevertheless, there was enough yellow left to make for a nice capture.

Fall foliage and the blue Colorado sky in Rocky Mountain National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage and the blue Colorado sky in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rainbow caps off the season’s camping

A nice little scene following an afternoon thunderstorm at our campsite in Estes Park, Colorado this past Friday. In the wake of the storm, the sun reappeared to the west and to the east a good-looking rainbow appeared. This weekend pretty much puts a wrap on our camping season which is always a bit of a bummer. We will be anxiously awaiting that first trip of the spring! Only six months to go or so. 😉

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall colors in the valley

Mother Nature wasn’t too cooperative today with clouds and rain intruding heavily on mine and my son’s fall foliage drive. It seemed like we spent most of the time chasing the few spots of sun and they disappeared as soon as we arrived. I did manage a few nice captures including this one. Taken on the east side of Boreas Pass, Colorado looking toward Como.

Bright fall foliage lines the valley looking into Como, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Bright fall foliage lines the valley looking into Como, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)