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Fall Color Along Ouray (Colorado) County Road 9
What happened to the calendar? No one seems to be turning the pages! All the leaves should be on the ground by now—everyone knows that! And yet they linger on. This is the first season since we’ve lived here that all the leaves are turning color at once, regardless of species, whether bush or tree. Last Friday I hopped on my trusty XT-250 and did a grand tour of CR 5, 7, and 9. This post shows a small sample of the pictures I took along Ouray County (Colorado) Road 9, which winds from CO Hwy 62 at the north, down toward the base of Mt. Sneffels(see here for GPS track in an earlier post). It’s some of Colorado’s most scenic country. I point out that the road itself is pretty passable, although there’s a big mudhole toward the south end. The only way around it is through it.
To be completely open, it was a bit of a hazy day, so I did some corrections in Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 to take away some of the haze. I think the result accurately reflects what I saw. The camera, my Lumix DMC-TZ4, is a point-and-shoot, so I can’t use a polarizing filter like I’d wish. But the Pentax is too big to take on the bike, especially when I know I’ll be transiting mudholes and fording creeks!
The only people I ran into along CR 9 were some hunters who had already set up camp as far south as the road goes. They were ready to gun for elk and were confident they’d find some. We’ve had a prolonged Indian summer and the temps are comfortable in the afternoon, but at night it dips way down—below freezing at this altitude.
Fall is my favorite time of year, but the color season usually lasts only a week or so. This year it’s been a month! I’m way behind getting things posted.
I have pictures of CR 5 and 7 to post, which I’ll do over the next few days. (See here for the CR 7 post.) In the meantime, here’s one last selection from CR 9: