a colourful fall roadtrip through the Rocky Mountains
I left London Heathrow on my 7x day landscape photography trip to Colorado with the fresh news that a storm had worryingly blown away most of autumn leaves throughout the Rocky Mountains. The feeling of dejection was an understatement as 6 months of planning seemed to have been literally blown out the window. On arrival to the Rocky Mountain National Park it was true that a lot of the leaves had prematurely disappeared but a few tweaks to my itinerary and a sooner than planned trip south west to Aspen saw my photo opportunities become an ‘old west’ gold mine. Castle Creek Road, Ashcroft Ghost Town and the commonly photographed Maroon Bells (one which I shot in the middle of the night with my jetlag still in tow) were the highlights through this mountainous region. After 3x days in Aspen I then made my way to a small town called Marble which is where the trail head starts for the stunning 10x mile round hike to the Crystal Mill (make sure you stop off at Slow Groovin BBQ for some food after). After a nights stay in Marble I drove early to Crested Butte however I spent most the day shooting close up shots of the Aspen groves along the beautiful Kebler Pass. Next on the route was a stunning mist shrouded, sunrise drive through the orange & yellow coloured cottonwoods to Gunnison where I stopped off for some lunch before heading to the Dallas Divide for sunset. A quick nights stopover in Telluride for some BBQ food (once again) and a quick dip in the thermal pools at Glenwood Springs and then it was time to make the long road back to Denver to catch my flight.