Sat Oct 16, 2021

A fall tradition is for me to go to the bear lake area in Rocky mountain national park. This has been made somewhat harder due to the permit system but still not that hard to get (there are some tricks). I spent all morning that day two weeks ago in the Wild Basin area and drove over to the main part of the park. I was there two weeks ago and spent time around the Bierstadt Moraine, the trails from Storm pass trailhead, and around Bear lake. There is a little aspen grove here that lots of photographers visit and this day was no different. The sunset never materialized and all of them left. I stuck around and took some images after sunset as I know the foliage colors actually improve when the light gets very blue and this time was no different. Compare this to the image from a few years ago below this where the sunset materialized. Strangely again after the whole group there had left also that day! Clearly one of the photographers tenets in these situations is to stick around ;-)

A window on fall

This is a classic Colorado image that I have been wanting to take many times but never hit with the trees in color. There were a bunch of photographers lined up on the rock slide that creates the window. I hoipe they came away with good images. I was quite happy how this turned out even though I forgot my tripod and had to dial up the ISO to take this image. Luckily modern cameras do very well with that.
Nikon D600, Nikon 24-85 mm f/3/5-4.5 at 32 mm, 1/30s at f/16, ISO 1000

An older image from September 2018. Note the reflection of Longs peak in this image.

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