This amazing location is a true gem of western Colorado, a part of the state known as the western slope. This view is actually taken by the side of the highway, a road stop well known to photographers.
We had arranged a trip to Telluride, Colorado, a charming mountain town some thirty miles from this spot. This area is one of the prime autumn viewing locations in the western USA. Dense foliage and dramatic mountain peaks provide multiple compositional possibilities, most without the need for extensive hiking. We joined a photography workshop led by an energetic young man with extensive knowledge of the area which assisted in finding prime locations with a minimum of hassle. While it is possible to explore the area on your own, having a guide is a tremendous help for enjoying the best locations in the shortest amount of time, a resource always in short supply.
We happened to have made the trip to Colorado just as the autumn colors were peaking, always a matter of pure luck. A beautiful sunrise greeted us and I noticed this zig-zagging line of quaking aspens with bright yellow foliage leading up to Mt Sneffels. The lateral sunrise light illuminated the yellow treetops and set them off from the red-orange leaves of the dense scrub oak bushes.
Autumn leaves can always be so fickle. Within a couple of days after this picture was captured the trees were nearly bare. Excursions for this arrangement of color are always such a matter of chance. So for us, this was truly a fortunate trip, as we reside in Florida, half a continent away.