Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Instead of working in black and white as I normally do, this summer I have been working with a full frame digital camera and only in color. It makes for an entirely different way of looking at subjects such as these rocks and their colors.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
There were a number of these rail vehicles in the mining towns. They were made from buses or trucks. In there day some were powered by model T engines and used to haul mail and freight on routes where the big steam locomotives weren't used.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This rainbow, after a thunderstorm the other evening, seems to come right out of the Silverton cemetery. A lot of the tombstones here have dates from the eighteen hundreds. There are books written about this cemetery and those buried there.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Lots of rain the last three weeks and mushrooms are growing everywhere. Today we have three thunder storms with lots of rain but between storms we have had clear skies and lots of sunshine. Now its back to rain so hard you can't see the mountain behind the camp.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Crystal Lake Has a great blue-green color on clear days. The last time I was there it was not only cloudy but you could see heavy rain on the West side of the pass which can easily wash out the trail so didn't even attempt to hike in to the lake. It was clear the other day so we tried it again, for the first time in a couple weeks we had a day without rain. The trail in the background is the 4wd trail down the west side of Ophir Pass.
Years ago you could drive in to the lake with 4wd, now it is blocked off and requires hiking in but it is a worthwhile hike. The lake looks shallow with the logs at the bottom close enough to touch. It's actually deep but very clear. I was there a few years ago with a crazy friend, yea Jeff that's you, who went swimming found out it was really deep.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
There are a lot of 4wd trails in the Red Mountain area that I have never been on so now that I have time been trying to explore them all. Found this mine the other day, a vertical shaft mine with a steam engine still in place. The engine was a Ingersoll-Rand with two pistons and connecting rods about four feet long turning a large flywheel.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Headed to Telluride today so took Ophir Pass, may not save much time but is a lot shorter in miles and has great views. Wanted to hike into a high mountain lake that takes on a electric blue color under a clear sky. It was clear when we left but on top of the pass you could see heavy rain ahead.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
A while back I got to photograph inside this mill just outside of town. The local historical is in the middle of a large restoration project in order to open it to the public. All the equipment is still in place including the tram cables going thousands of feet up the mountains with the tram buckets in place. The miners, in pre OSHA days, rode in the tram buckets up to the mines.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
These two trees have always caught my eye when I drive past but one day the light just seemed right. It was well off the road down a steep bank but these two trees once stood alone in the meadow now only one was left. The downed tree seemed to need to be in black and white.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
From the summit of Engineers Pass it is thousands of feet down to the highway to Ouray. After stopping at a mine we ran into a thunderstorm, maybe the mother of all thunderstorms, as the lightning flashed the rain turned the trail into a river in places. This part of the trail is steep, rocky, and narrow. Narrow as in fold your mirrors back or lose them and large rocks and rock ledges that require a spotter to guide the drivers as the tires must be placed exactly to avoid damage or sliding off the narrow ledge. A ledge with numerous switchbacks which the miners had blasted into the cliff to get up to the mines over a hundred years ago. We soon came to a washout were, with the help of a couple jeeps already there, we repaired by throwing in rocks. The washout was about six foot deep but with our repair you could ease in then power out and when the front wheels came down turn left and hope. While working on this washout someone came walking up the trail to see if anybody had a winch as a vehicle had gone off at the next washout. They also said there were at least two more washouts but they had contacted county rescue to try and come in with a bulldozer. We were able to get through the next two washouts after making repairs and found county rescue with a large winch at the bottom, he had seen us coming down and pulled over at a wide spot to let us through. He was heading up to see if any one was left on the mountain or needed help and to see what was needed to repair the trail but said he would never get a bulldozer in that night. He commented that it must be ok as everyone he saw coming down had a big smile. It took five and a half hours to go the last two miles but everyone in our six vehicles made it down ok just as darkness fell. There were a few dings and a couple damaged exhaust systems but we all made it to the ice cream parlor in Ouray before it closed.
The photo is not a waterfall but a flash flood that caused one of the washouts. Even on the highway rocks and boulders had fallen and our neighbor had one of his new rental jeeps destroyed by a boulder that landed on it's hood, luckily it missed the driver.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The view of red mountains from the summit of Corkscrew Pass. There are three Red Mountains, #1, #2, and #3. Could you guess they were named by a committee? If you travel this pass it will be obvious why it is named Corkscrew, lots of tight, steep and narrow switchbacks where you hope you don't meet any one.