Rocky Mountain High

My next photographic journey is back to the San Juan Mountains and Ouray, Colorado.

Ouray (pronounced Your-ray) is a majorly great place in Fall. A historic Colorado mining town in SW Colorado, Ouray has just about everything you’d ever need to be happy about life. In the heart of the San Juan’s, about 10 miles south of Ridgway and on the other side of the Sneffels Mountain Range from Telluride.

A lot of people think of Colorado and associate the state with the singer/writer John Denver and perhaps Coors beer. John was a well known fixture here, but to me Colorado is defined by the beauty of the scenery and the people who live here. John Denver celebrated through song what we landscape photographers celebrate through sight. We have a very diverse population and culture. Our state population is less than 6 million people. I’ll put that in perspective for you. If you took all of Great Britain, it’s population of some 60 million and plopped it down in the middle of the state, there would be plenty of room left over for for us living here. We’d just have to put a fence up to keep it from getting too crowded.

Autumn photography trips are an annual ritual here. This year I’m being joined by New England Landscape Photographer, Jon Steele. Jon and I have enjoyed many years of annual photography treks together in the Autumn. This year, we’ll be spending a week in the San Juans and probably grinning the entire time.

Life doesn’t get any better than this.  Come see us sometime, you won’t regret it. The best weeks are the last week of September and first week of October.

Here are a few sample Autumn Color photos from the San Juan Mountains I’ve taken over the past 15 years.

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of ColoradoFirst Light on the San Juan Mountains

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of ColoradoVariations of Color in the Sneffels Range

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of ColoradoAbandoned Trestle Bridge Near Telluride

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Dallas Creek Runs Below Mt. Sneffels

 

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Campfire Smoke in the San Juans

 

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
The Sun Setting on the Ralph Lauren Ranch

 

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Rural Splendor Near Ridgway

 

Autumn in the San Juan Mountains of ColoradoTaking a Walk Along a Country Road Near Ridgway