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 (32746) 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 (6638) 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 (11393) 2013-10-11 11:00
questa tua ultima č 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 maestositā.
Un lavoro fatto in maniera perfetta. Bravissimo.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Angshu (52890) 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 (45574) 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.
- Copyright: Karen Abel (kabel) (1251)
- 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