A landscape photographer's tour
Gunnison - Powderhorn
Keith's travels in Colorado - April-May 2006
- In 2004 I took my then fairly new Canon 1Ds camera on a driving tour round the Rockies in the USA. This photo-diary covers my second driving trip around Colorado in April/May 2006. This collection of photography and comments has been re-written to make it easier to follow than the original (big) web page. On my return to the UK, I wrote a more technical article about the photographic aspects as a follow up to my original "Keith's first all digital visit to the Rockies"
One of the nice things about staying at one place for a few days, is that you can just have a good look at detailed maps and pick out of the way places to visit. The weather was a bit grey and damp this morning, but I headed off down the CO-149 road towards Lake City.
The road rises quite a bit until you can see some distant snow covered mountains.
After a bit I turned off towards Powderhorn.
The roads here are in pretty good condition, and not like some of the field roads I've taken cars across, back home in the UK.
Even so, I'm keeping a good eye out for rocks in the road after what happened last week...
There are plenty of small farms/ranches along the way - I don't know the right term, but there was a lot of beef munching grass in the fields :-)
And just in case I'd forgotten where I am...
There are definitely more flags about than when I first came to the US in the 90's. that said, they have a long way to go to match the number of flags everywhere in Switzerland.
A bit further on it had brightened up quite nicely.
Cottonwood beside the Cebolla creek
And since when I'm in Colorado I love getting pictures of interesting trees...
The picture above may well make a good black and white print, since there is a lot of detail in the tree bark. I tried making a B/W web version, but at this size it looks better in colour.
Back in Gunnison I took this panoramic view of the road (US-50) running past my motel. The road really is about as wide as a UK motorway :-)
Then off to the The Bean for some excellent coffee.
Then of course, there is the Sonic.
Strangely enough I never saw any places like this when I was in Aspen. This reminded me of a picture I forgot to include in the 'blog' when I was there.
This is as much advertising as the Aspen 'good taste and decency' committee allows Macdonalds :-)
but back at Gunnison...
... the liquor store is open today.
In case you were wondering, the red flag is for the US Marine Corps.
Probably explains the huge shells outside as well... I'd suppose anyone wanting to rob it might also think twice ;-)
And finally, since the 'barge' did such a good job on the dirt roads today, I took this (slightly) more flattering view of it.