The Colorado mountains are full of scenic wonders. We also found subjects
of interest in the Winter Park area, and on a day trip to Steamboat Springs.


The Rockies bring to mind mountains and water, but we also found another recurring theme - rocks and trees.

Pine, fir, and spruce intermingle with aspens at high altitude, often among and around great rocky outcroppings and jumbles of huge boulders. The juxtapositions of colors and textures provide great opportunity for the landscape photographer.

Trees cling stubbornly to the top of this
cliff along Trail Ridge Road.
Did you notice the crow at the very top?

This "lone survivor" is testimony to
the tenacity of mountain trees.


Yellow lichen harmonize with the red
and yellow mineral-stained rocks of
this canyon wall near Alberta Falls.

August is late for
Colorado wildflowers, but
we did find a few.

Overlooks on the mountain roads
often present views of trees
silhouetted against the cloudy sky

... or seeming to tower over cumulous clouds.


Summer afternoons are notorious for the thunder-
storms that spring up in the mountains. The clouds
and dramatic skies make interesting compositions.

Railroads, ranches, and barbed wire - iconic scenes of the West. 

The log gateway of the Grand River Ranch is
typical of those seen everywhere along the roads.

Hats placed for the benefit of visitors
are reminiscent of early 20th century
lifestyles at this dude ranch.

Never Summer Ranch on the maps and
guidebooks, this area is now called the
Holzwarth Historic Site by the NPS to honor
the family that originally settled here.

There aren't many passenger
trains left, but Amtrack's California
Zephyr still runs through Gore
Canyon, near the headwaters
of the Colorado River.

Mimicing railroad tracks,
or petroglyphs left by the
ancient inhabitants of the
Southwest, these worm
tracks leave artistic
patterns in a dead log.



Mountains and lakes,
the stereotypical
Colorado scenery.

Lake Granby, a man-made
reservoir in the
Arapaho National Forest.

Absence of wind In early morning and late afternoon turns the lakes into mirrors.
Reflections like those above are sometimes more beautiful than direct views.

Man-made Lake Monarch lies
just east of Lake Granby.
This panoramic view was
stitched together from
a number of shots.

An hour later we captured the
two reflections shown above
the panoramic shot.

A bit after that we got this
alpenglow as the sun set.


Another stitched panorama: early-morning view of Lily Lake.

Sunrise at Lily Lake,
on the eastern edge of RMNP.

A half-mile hike past the
eastern end of Grand Lake
brought us to this beautiful
mountain meadow, just in
time to catch the late
afternoon light.


Construction had closed the road to
Bear Lake, so we had to ride the shuttle.


By the time we finally arrived,
the early light was gone.
We grabbed a few shots before
the breeze spoiled the reflectons.

The shot above is a 'straight' view of
Hallet's Peak as seen from Bear Lake.

The one below is a more abstract rendition
made by inverting the view reflected in the lake.

    ©2003 Tom and Ellen Judd
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