After visiting White Sands, my brother Chuck and I took a drive in the Cloudcroft area. We did not find much autumn color. Only found the Upper Karr Canyon had some decent color. Also, found the cattle preferred the grass on the other side of the fence!
On Thursday, September 29th my brother and I explored White Sands National Park in Alamogordo, New Mexico, just down the mountain from Cloudcroft! The first image I took of my brother on the roadway from the top of the sand dunes. When the sun was shining on the sand you can see the true white color. When the clouds shaded the dunes, the sand did not appear to be pure white. That’s a Bleached Earless Lizard in the final images before the barefoot imprint in the sand! The texture image was taken of the adobe wall at my brother’s bank in Alamogordo.
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016 I traveled from Durango to Cloudcroft to visit my brother on my way home to Texas! Started out in the dark. Stopped only for a nice sunrise picture, breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Albuquerque, a rest stop for a picture of the sand dunes, and gasoline.
On September 27, 2016, I traveled to Durango from Silverton. The temperature in Silverton when I woke up was in the 20’s. Drove up over two high elevation passes around 11,000 feet high. Felt a little wobbly and woozy! Felt much better below these summits!
On September 26, 2016, I drove the mountain backroads around Silverton to capture these images!
On September 25, 2016, I got to see the blue skies for the first time, after two previous overcast days here! Early morning darkness revealed starry skies. However, clouds and fog moved in for my first couple of images. The next picture shows a trail in the Red Mountain area near the summit south of Ouray. The other images are with blue skies and sunshine. They are quite different from the two overcast days. The last image was taken at my campsite, KOA, four miles north of Ouray!
On September 24th, I had an amazingly wonderful day! I did my blog posts at Mouse’s in downtown Ouray while enjoying a hot cider. Lots of Jeeps here to travel on the rugged backroads that require four wheel drive vehicles. I hiked a small portion of the Perimeter Trail to get the picture of Ouray from above. I took the County Road 10 outside of Ridgway, Colorado, north of Ouray to Owl Creek Pass where scenes from the True Grit movie where filmed and then drove on to Silver Jack Reservoir. The snow scenes with golden Aspen leaves made this trip exceptional for me.