Fall Colors Tour Gallery

     Colorado does not naturally develop a large amount of broad-leafed deciduous
     foliage. Given an appropriately temperate fall, however, the naturally occurring
     plant life and the landscaping shrubbery will put on an excellent show.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   Sugar Splash (Cumberland Gulch Road near St. Mary's, CO)    Holiday Accent (Cumberland Gulch Road near St. Mary's, CO)    Berry Flare (Golden, CO)    Aspen Torch (Cumberland Gulch Road near St. Mary's, CO)    The Climbing Vine (Golden, CO)    A Hidden Ensemble (Lookout Mountain Road near Golden, CO)    Roman Candle (Cumberland Gulch Road near St. Mary's, CO)    Burning Drapery (Golden, CO)    Off Into the Sunset (Golden, CO)    Whispering Grasses (Golden, CO)
  An array of aspen leaves progresses from
  simple yellow to fiery reds in proportion to the
  mount of sugaring. A low, late afternoon sun
  deepens the colors and casts long shadows.
      (September 25, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  50mm
Aperture:  f/4.5
Exposure:  1/1250 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  Small, waxy leaves are accented by bright red
  berries no larger than raisins. Fallen leaves and
  long afternoon shadows mingle to produce a
  charming display of contrasting colors.
      (September 25, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  50mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/200 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  The last receeding greens of the decorative
  shrub are overtaken by intense oranges and reds,
  while the wild berries blacken the tips of
  the vividly painted branches.
      (October 21, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  42mm
Aperture:  f/4.5
Exposure:  1/400 sec
ISO Speed:  320
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Moderately heavy sugaring, a branch cluster
  shaped by prevailing winds, and strong sunlight
  at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level combine to
  produce this torch-like array of colors.
      (November 17, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/800 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The sunlight is nearly gone, but a wide
  aperture and a flash assist bring out the striking
  contrast of this climbing vine against the coarse
  bark to which it clings. A heavily sugared branch
  droops indolently in the background.
      (October 21, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  33mm
Aperture:  f/2.8
Exposure:  1/30 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  Hidden within a small drainage draw,
  this low-lying shrub nearly went unnoticed.
  The jetstream sweeps high overhead in an
  otherwise unblemished sky.
      (September 24, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/32
Exposure:  1/20 sec
ISO Speed:  800
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  A tall aspen throws sugared leaves against
  against a contrasting sky and variously colored
  aspen and pine nearby. The fireworks produce
  one final, brilliant display of summer life
   before a cold, subalpine winter arrives.
      (September 25, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  39mm
Aperture:  f/5.6
Exposure:  1/250 sec
ISO Speed:  400
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  The modest summer display of drooping green leaves
  and conical flowers, mounted precariously on a thin
  and spindly branch structure, turns to vivid fiery
  hues as the days grow shorter and colder.
      (September 22, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  17mm
Aperture:  f/2.8
Exposure:  1/160 sec
ISO Speed:  320
Other h/w:  None

 

 

  The leaves of a turning bush comingle with
  the yet-lingering greenery of another, causing
  bright orange to accent deep green as late
  afternoon light arrives from the west and
  throws long shadows into the array.
      (October 21, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII
Focal Lng.:  19mm
Aperture:  f/4.5
Exposure:  1/400 sec
ISO Speed:  320
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

  Decorative grasses up to six feet high
  develop dry seed heads before the stalk
  succumbs to the urging of fall. Long
  whisps of high-altitude clouds fill
  in the sky near Green Mountain.
      (October 29, 2010)
Body type:  Canon EOS 40D
Lens type:  Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Focal Lng.:  28mm
Aperture:  f/4.5
Exposure:  1/320 sec
ISO Speed:  320
Other h/w:  Circular Polarizer

 

 

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