and it begins.
North fork of the St. Vrain River
Wild Basin Area
Rocky Mountain National Park
I took some time today to go try and catch some early images of the aspens changing ..
The change to autumn color is stunning in the Rocky Mountains and happens slowly as the seasons creeps down from the high elevations to the lower ones .. It seems to be a nudge behind last year .. I had to get up to higher elevations and then search for spots today.
Tough day for photography .. the wind was gusting at about 45 miles per hour (according to my radio).
somehow my map coordinates ended up on the wrong side of the bridge? oh well .. too tired to fix ..
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fserajian (2299) 2007-09-21 21:48
Well captured, loveley colours with good lighting control. TFS
euryan (8440) 2007-09-21 21:55
Love this composition John with the river in the bottom right and the clouds in the top left. I just got out to photograph the leaves here in Utah for the first time yesterday as well. Most of the aspens around here are still green but the maples and oaks are bright orange and red. The exposure seems a little dark on the bottom half of the photo. Its better to be too dark than too light IMO, but I did workshop to lighten just a bit. Hope you like it,
berek (50504) 2007-09-21 22:43
I can see a lot of green tons. its lovely. beautiful landscape and light . have a nice weekend.
Buin (42466) 2007-09-21 22:57
Yes - it begins, here too! It's always the same each year but it's always beautiful and fascinating again. The contrast between the dark conifers and the yellow trees (birches) is wonderful and over all this gorgeous blue sky! Great! But there will come other days ... ;-) which also provide an attraction!
Greetings from sunny Germany - and have a nice weekend!
mehr (1360) 2007-09-21 23:09
very beautiful nature with magnificent fresh colors. The brook looks very refreshing.
Thanks for sharing this place.
xavshot (69835) 2007-09-21 23:16
j'aime beaucoup la lumière dans cette photo. je trouve qu'elle fait bien ressortir les différentes couleurs. Beau travail;
jafadabret (56501) 2007-09-21 23:44
John, cette photo vaut la peine qu'on s'y attarde pour contempler un paysage où l'automne commence à dorer les arbres. La composition est très équilibrée et le ciel superbe.
jurek1951 (42196) 2007-09-22 0:30
Excellent landscape shot. Colors are strong and natural,excellent composition and very interesting POV.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2007-09-22 1:38
So, today is the first day of autumn? I guess that same place will be quite different in a couple of weeks. The autumn season is probably the most beautiful of the year, when the colours change to yellow, red and brown. I love it.
The picture is excellent with a superb sky and, of course, beautiful colours. Well done.
fulvio52 (8314) 2007-09-22 5:35
this is a dead-ringer to a location near Silver Jack Reservoir in the Uncompaghre Wilderness I visited last year in June.
I can sit here for hours, have a few beers, get lost in my thoughts... so nice and peaceful!
Cretense (68703) 2007-09-22 8:48
Magnificent landscape once again! Great POV and composition and beautiful range of green tones. Beautiful sky, too! Congratulaitons!
bracasha75 (24589) 2007-09-22 13:40
Your endlees green and excellent nature images
Thank you for this one to
Cheers my friend,Braca
dsidwell (9783) 2007-09-22 16:43
You found such nice color here John! Really special. And the composition is well done, too, with your amounts of space devoted to land and sky. This is such a lovely time of the year!
gunbud (34066) 2007-09-22 18:58
Georgeous hink of the colors to come as the brief autumn season approaches. The turning aspens compliment the vibrant bule sky with its think white clouds.
dip (23888) 2007-09-22 21:27
beautiful image,the first colors of the autumn are there,nice colors combination,the green-yellow landscape with the blue sky,
utkue (3420) 2007-09-23 0:43
Very beautiful capture and wonderfull landscape.
Cloudy blue sky, autumn colours on forest and little river are very excellent in this photo.
Best regards from Ankara and have a nice sunday.
SAGAPO (1737) 2007-09-23 5:08
Great POV, the sky looks amazing,wonderful nature and landscape.
Wonderful naturel colours.
adores (45715) 2007-09-23 17:06
The different green tonalities can really be seen here already.Wonderful scenery and a perfect sky.Good introduction of the new season!
JoseMiguel (860) 2007-09-23 18:25
A well composed and structured picture!
I like so much the different planes found here, from the river, mountain and sky.
Very good saturation and alanced colors.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
belido (19934) 2007-09-23 19:13
I know how beautiful is Colorado. I was there in 1997. I'm sure the nature is as exuberant as before. The light here is effective and view a lot attractive. I love those yellow-green tones. Great capture!
PS: thanks for your words on my last post.
evanrizo (456) 2007-09-25 1:11
a very beautiful capture, especial the colors, the nice yellow between the green looks very nice and pore natural.
The lightness is superb.
Have a nice day.
I will come back...
pablominto (53746) 2007-09-27 1:39
A lovely forest landscape with the beginning autumn colours!
The view is well composed, and the river is a nice element...
Rich colours and fine details, attractive sky!
jwmunro (286) 2007-09-28 23:06
Hello John -
Well done. I am missing the Aspens this year since I am now in Scotland. I noticed on the way up yesterday that the eqivelent trees (Birch, I think) here in the UK are starting to turn. This is a nice view with the St Vrain in the FG and the patches of color on the hill side.
Thank you for sharing.
Greg1949 (9011) 2007-09-29 21:10
John, what beautiful upland. Great detail and color and dof works to keep the whole shot crisp, great capture.
plimrn (21344) 2007-09-30 10:33
This is like a beautiful symphony with the greens and golds playing off each other. The framing has given you great DOF; both the stream and the mountains curving into the distance and the very subtle play of shadows.
I quite like maps, especially for remote areas but they are frustrating. I don't understand why the coordinates are always a bit off. Since I don't have a good sense of the relationship between things; it takes me forever to fix them. In high school, they told me I should never try to be an engineer.
- Copyright: John McLaird (jmcl) (14535)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-09-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus E 300, 58mm circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Autumn, Forests [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-21 20:47