Last Friday, October 15th, 2010, I wandered out on my trusty Yamaha XT-250 in search of fall color along county roads 5, 7, and 9. I posted a small sample of my CR 9 photos on the 17th, and tonight I’m posting a small sample from County Road 7. The road itself was
in pretty good shape. What amazes me is that even today (the 20th), the fall color is still up there! Normally most of the aspen leaves are down by around Oct 5th, and I’ve never seen the brush turn color at the same time as the aspens.
Interestingly, I didn’t need to Photoshop all these pictures—just the one at the top of the post, which was rather washed out in the haze. The rest of the photos in this post I merely cropped and resized with no further processing.
Click here for a video showing the same scene as above, but in early spring. Click here for the GPS track and more pictures, also taken in May, plus here for pics of the wildflowers. Oh…the lake is private property and there’s a sign stating that quite clearly. Of course, it’s easy to crop out.
Do you get the feeling I like Mt. Sneffels? I named my publishing site Mt. Sneffels Press. This valley shown above is pretty much the southern end of the private land—toward the center the road crosses into Forest Service territory. The road immediately gets more rough, but is not too bad.
Compare the picture above with this one taken on September 1st.
Next, I’ll post CR 5 photos, some of the most spectacular of all!