Fall Color in Full Bloom in Southern Colorado – October 12-13, 2013

Saturday and Sunday were the big days.  But there’s more to come.  The Road between Durango and Silverton (Hwy 550 North) was full of photographers, with and without tripods, folks with smart phones and point and shoot cameras.  Join the fun as soon as you can.

Although the fall colors below Engineer are not as golden as in the past, it's still a great location for working on your compositions. ©Kit Frost

Although the fall colors below Engineer are not as golden as in the past, it’s still a great location for working on your compositions. ©Kit Frost

After sunrise, I hurried up to the big wall of color, just south of the Cascade Village. ©Kit Frost

After sunrise, I hurried up to the big wall of color, just south of the Cascade Village. ©Kit Frost

I left Durango at 5pm on Friday to catch sunset along the road, and was not disappointed as there was a clearing storm above Haviland Lake.  My new favorite location.  Here are a few examples of the Lake with the Hermosa Cliffs obscured by low-hanging clouds.  Sunset is as elusive as a wind free moment on a big lake.  It’s more likely when we have clouds that they are being pushed by wind.  I was cheering in the viewfinder.  And thankful.

Take a look at the time lapse I recorded of the sunlight hitting the top of Castle Rock and making it’s way down to the pond.  http://youtu.be/ZJMRlpvgrKU

The fun started Friday night as the early snowfall was clearing along the Hermosa Cliffs, Durango, Colorado. ©Kit Frost

The fun started Friday night as the early snowfall was clearing along the Hermosa Cliffs, Durango, Colorado. ©Kit Frost

In addition to a series of time lapse images, I made this photo of the sinking wall of light as the sun rose behind me and painted. ©Kit Frost

In addition to a series of time lapse images, I made this photo of the sinking wall of light as the sun rose behind me and painted. ©Kit Frost

Hoping that the evening chill would keep the clouds low until sunrise I set my alarm to get up and out at 6:30 Saturday morning.  I arrived at Haviland Lake too soon and drove north to the Hotter Reflection, right off the highway.  I knew the warm, cloudless day would lead to snowmelt.  So I jumped at the opportunity to capture this image.  Gotta love the saturated blue skies directly opposite the sun.  No polarizing needed, it occurs naturally in the sky and appears quite a bit darker in the pond.

Here’s a few more from this weekend in Colorado.

Sometimes when the foreground is wide open and not so dramatic, I try to include something else.  ©Kit Frost

Sometimes when the foreground is wide open and not so dramatic, I try to include something else. ©Kit Frost

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Friday night was a stunner at Haviland Lake. I underexposed by a full stop to hold detail in the highlights and then “opened up the shadows” in Lightroom. ©Kit Frost

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Haviland Lake Reflection, Clearing Autumn Storm.  I sure was having fun at this location.  It’s one of my favorite places, just 17 miles north of Durango. ©Kit Frost

The view looking northwest from Haviland Lake.  Yesterday's snow was sure to melt so I hit the road for sunrise this morning. ©Kit Frost

The view looking northwest from Haviland Lake. Yesterday’s snow was sure to melt so I hit the road for sunrise this morning. ©Kit Frost

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