Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Fall Colors Leaf Peeping with Martha

Yesterday, September 2, Martha and I drove out of the cesspool that is the Metro Denver area to see how the Fall Colors were in some nearby passes.

The weather seemed a bit too overcast as we drove along US 285 towards Guanella Pass.  So, hoping the dark clouds would clear off, we skipped Guanella Pass as first stop and drove on towards the southern entrance of Boreas Pass near the town of Como, CO.

The light did improve as the morning progressed and we slowly drove north along Boreas Pass Road towards Breckenridge, CO.

photo by Martha

photo by Martha

photo by Martha

photo by Martha

video by Martha

From Breckenridge we drove over to Loveland Pass and had our lunch at a trailhead parking lot near the summit.  Too high for Aspen or any trees really so no pics.  The nearby peaks looked brown and desolate, and I wasn't inspired to take pics of them, guess I prefer them with snow.

Some more driving had us in Georgetown, CO where we took on fuel.  We started up towards Guanella Pass but the plethora of other carloads of leaf peepers led us to quickly turn around and head home.

Turns out, the crowds we encountered were from a State Holiday, Mother Cabrini day since it's now not PC to celebrate Columbus Day apparently.  Oh well.

Still a pretty good, comfy day of driving in the Honda CR-V.  It was kind of cool at altitude and the next few days are supposed to be even cooler; so I think we timed it just right for us.


Spat said...

We haven't done any leaf peeping this year so thank you, nice pictures Dom glad you managed to go peeping even if it was in a cage ;)

CCjon said...

Great photos of the aspen starting to turn. Noticed the aspen are more colorful in the video than the stills. Using the same camera for both or different cameras?

redlegsrides said...

Thanks John, I got over the "shame" of being in a cage when it got cold and the option for seat warmer was available..... ;)

redlegsrides said...

Thanks CCjon, different cameras, different lighting.... Martha's stuff was from her iPhone, I was using the Sony A6000.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

You captured Aspen beauty, well done sir!

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Coop, Martha did very good as well.

SonjaM said...

Great job with the pics, Martha & Dom. Leaf peeping never gets old and boring. Our trees are still in summer mode but I am looking forward to colour changes and colder weather (80°F yesterday). Cheers, SonjaM

redlegsrides said...

Danke SonjaM, I'm sure you're at a lower altitude than the pass was....we looked once and we were at 11K feet +

Kofla Olivieri said...

I keep telling myself, that this year is the year I will capture vibrant color fall foliage in my area. After 4 years, I am about to give up.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Kofla...don't give up, it's worth the effort.