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A landscape photographer's tour
Keith's travels in the Colorado Rockies - September-October 2008
Ouray to Durango via SilvertonAlong the million dollar highway
The road (US 550) rises sharply out of Ouray
You can see it's in a quite steep valley
After a few miles of this it flattens out, but not before Karen likened it more to a rollercoaster ride (and I was driving carefully ;-) I guess sometimes it's better to actually be at the wheel of the car
A stream further up shows one of the big problems in this mineral rich area.
Pollution from mine workings has stained the river brown. There are lots of special ponds and filtering beds to improve this, but over a hundred years of mineral extraction has left problems.
This small lake, is I believe, part of the clean-up scheme (and water storage too)
The wider view below was taken with the Canon 15mm fisheye lens. Note its resistance to flare and the fact that by keeping the horizon through the centre of the (original) frame, there is little obvious distortion
On to Silverton, which had a distinctly empty feel when we first got there
In a nearby hillside, you can see evidence of mining
Then the train from Durango arrives.
It's a narrow gauge steam railway that takes a few hours to wind its way up through the mountains from Durango. It then turns round, waits a while and goes back.
A very scenic ride I'm told
Today also happened to be the paricular day that children from Silverton Kindergarten welcome the arrival of the train (note minder/handler in dark shades to the right :-)
A few more shots of the train for several folks back home :-)
As the train emptied, the local shops readied themselves to supply gifts and trinkets for the journey back down from the mountains.
With all kinds of enticements to get shoppers inside
No pies though...
The journey down towards Durango had lots of views of nicely coloured trees...
Durango itself is rather a nice looking town.
Karen is checking that I've put enough money into the parking meter, since there is a bead shop over the other side of the road.
A pleasant main street
With some relatively old buildings
Tommorow it's off again... I've now got to think of places to go on the way back towards Denver (where we may stay a couple of days)
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