Saratoga to Aspen
9 started with 370 mile drive from Southern Wyoming through Riverside into Colorado
and Walden, then across to Kremmling ,south to Walcott and east to Glenwood Springs
before the last bit south to the motel at Redstone a tiny group of shops and houses
just off the 133. Day 10 was rather spoilt by the road works near Aspen which
delayed by arrival at the Maroon Belles. The journey through Independance Pass
took longer then I had anticipated and a visit to St Elmo also took longer through
the unexpected visit of some chipmunks. The weather then became quite cloudy so
I decided to head back the same way rather than make the longer journey through
Kebler Pass. So a total of 770 miles and 236 digital images
As one got further south the fall colours really improved, the above image being
a composite of three. Of the four pictures below the top two were shot using a
North of Walden in the North Park area of Colorado I spotted this collection of
spoof wagons etc on a ranch - above.
couple of the shops in Redstone the one on the right being of particular interest
to cat lovers.
after taking the picture on the left a falling aspen tree missed me by only a
few feet and there was nobody shouting 'timber'! The shot on the right was taken
a little way back on the road to the Lake.
view of Maroon Belles is the most photographed view in Colorado. I spent a fair
amount of time here doing a time lapse sequence with the Nikon 990 so I saw a
fair number of photographers come and go.
view just before Independance Pass
Miners Exchange at St Elmo was originally built in the 1870's and rebuilt in 1890
after a fire. Now a general store you will notice there was someone hanging around
addition to the old buildings another focus of attention are the antics of the
chipmunks who are especially friendly to visitors who give them titbits.
combination of several shots stitched up in Photoshop of Independance Pass
Elmo was a very properous mining town and at its peak the population exceeded
2000. It was established in 1878 and it is one of the best preserved ghost towns
images are copyright Richard Tucker