This view is from the top of the gondola station in Telluride. I only had a half a day to explore this little gem of a mountain town. Telluride has one of the only free gondolas in the country. Telluride is at the end of a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, and is in San Miguel County in the southwestern part of the state and was originally a summer camp of the Ute Indians. The town was originally named Columbia by Spanish explorers but was changed by miners in the 1880's to Telluride. The town was established as a silver mining camp and became a town in 1878. The railroads came in the 1890's and the towns' population swelled to about 5,000. Silver crashed and the town dwindled to a small village and then the onset of WWI brought the mining to a halt. In the 1970's the town began to mine Legendary powder, a kind of gold, and the ski resort opened.
The old core of the town was designated a National Historic Landmark district in 1964. There is also Telluride Village was would be behind me in this photo and where most of the ski runs are today. I took a few photos of that side of the mountains too but this was the prettier side. They have done a marvelous job of keeping the town in an original state as one would not find a MacDonalds or a Starbucks in the historic district.
Telluride is hard to get to and is accessed by the San Juan Skyway from Ridgeway. It is a gorgeous drive through a very narrow canyon with a creek alongside the highway. So secluded. At the end of the box canyon there is a waterfall too.
Please enjoy my photo...
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rigoletto (34269) 2013-10-10 9:18
what a beautiful environment, those thick pine forests at the feets of giant mountains. the wooden building and tiny figures add human touch to it, while emphasizing the perspective. i like the dark tones, though i could go for some more highlight on bright colors.
photoray (12523) 2013-10-10 11:46
Interesting contrast between the sun lit Rocky Mountains and the dark Telluride with some Aspen glow.
And unusual to have a free gondola ride. I am not aware of any others that are free.
Romano46 (18466) 2013-10-11 11:00
questa tua ultima è stupenda, ma anche le precedenti non sono da meno, ed anzi colgo l'occasione per farti i miei complimenti per il tema che hai recentemente proposto.
In questa mi piace in particolare, oltre alla composizione perfetta, la cura del colore e l'incredibile mitidezza che fa apparire le montagne superbe nella loro maestosità.
Un lavoro fatto in maniera perfetta. Bravissimo.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Angshu (55942) 2013-10-16 21:12
The path leads our eyes into the picture. The colours are nice of the foliage especially the yellow. Its there I wish you could have used a bit of contrast to boost the picture.
If you don't mind I will do a small workshop for you later..
macjake (57074) 2013-10-27 23:10
its a wow type of scene for me.
and if it were not for the people in the lower fg it would be easy to think this is a painting!
It just has that type of look and feel to it.
love seeing the think line of white at the top fo the mountains, and the lush greens are fantastic too.
photographer_sg (4402) 2013-12-23 8:50
another lovely composition with muted colours and beautiful gradients. Very good clarity in the background mountains. The small groups of people in the foreground have brought the picture to life.
Thanks for sharing
- Copyright: Karen Abel (kabel) (1761)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-29
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D 7000 Digital SLR, 18-105 mm f3.5-5.6 DX VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Colorado, U.S.A. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-10 9:10