I had few early starts to fall color hunting last year. I had even made trip up through northern Colorado into Wyoming, and just about everything was still green. So early in October I was seeing reports of fall colors popping in western Colorado and I really wanted to take the drive down Highway 550. I didn't have any time off work planned, so I needed to be strategic so I could get out there without missing work. One of the perks of working from home is that you can eat lunch at your desk and hit the road at 4pm.
The plan was to drive that night a few hours and work in a hotel the next day. I made it through Twin Lakes, over the Independence Pass, and down through Aspen Colorado. I woke up Friday morning in the hotel in Basalt and looked out the window. It was still a bit dark out, but I could see the very tip of Mount Sopris over the foothills in Basalt. And it looked like a storm was blowing in. The cool part is that I was there over the summer and I knew a beautiful scene with a big red barn that was in view of the mountain. My first work call wasn't until 9am. I mapped out the route. I figured I could get out to watch the sunrise and get back in time for my call. It was a quick drive and I arrived at the scene and...just wow!! This was a God moment for me. There was rainbow just up the road!
And look what was at the end of the rainbow!
After pulling up to the barn I was able to get a photos of Mount Sopris, the red barn and the forest that was full of fall colors.
I really liked how the clouds were rolling in from the west and the sunrise light was illuminating the peaks and forest. Such a fun morning!
The short trip took a little longer that expected, but I was able to get back into cell reception and was able to make my call.
I recently had one of the photos printed on metallic paper and framed. The metallic print really makes the colors pop, really cool!
If you are interested in either of the Mount Sopris photos, you can find them at these links:
Thanks for reading. And until next time, I hope you get out and see the amazing planet we live on!