Once again I am way behind in my posts.
Today (June 23rd) we drove to the summit of Mt. Evans to get away from the 97 degree heat. Don’t tell Pikes Peak, but I liked the drive along the highest paved scenic highway. We saw Rocky Mountains Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, amazing vistas, and tons of miniature flowers . . . none of which you’ll see until I get through all the backlogged photos.
So, this post is about our June 2nd drive along the SW Platte River Road. Yes, I am that far behind.
That particular road is a favorite of ours both because of the drive to get there. You go through a lot of scenery. The road itself is no slough when it comes to scenery; it follows the Platte River for a good ways (hence the name?). And it has big rocks.
Unfortunately, by the time we got there it was obvious we would get rained on, with dark clouds occupying the horizon in the direction of travel. This made the shooting conditions a bit difficult. The fast-moving clouds would one moment let the sun bathe the landscape in nice, strong light, then on the very next instance, those same clouds would filter that same light anywhere from slightly veiled to fully blocked.
Hence, fair warning. Some of these pictures are less than I wanted them to be, but are included for the narrative. As usual, click on any picture to go to the SmugMug album.
What is a guy to do? The bad light turns the shots into bland offerings.
Mind you, I also play with the settings, try different metering options, speeds, etc.
By the way, I snapped the above shot because the rocks looked like two creatures squaring off against each other. They are each holding their ground, waiting for the other to move. It has been so for 3.67 million years. Give or take a couple of decades.
Unfortunately, the fast changing light made the metering a bit tricky.
I opted not to crop this particular panorama as it would have sacrificed the foreground detail.
I loitered in this area for a good number of minutes . . .
Aside from being scenic, it looked like the sun was going to make an appearance. I was ready. The moment it appeared, I started to shoot the series for the following stitched panorama.
The second stitched panorama is composed of pictures shot in portrait orientation . . . that’s a fancy way of saying I turned the camera 90 degrees and shot away. I like this a bit better because it is a “taller”view of the area.
It’s not likely her, but this person looked to me like Jennifer Morrison, from House, the TV show. The shot is low quality because it’s a crop of a larger photo shot with a high zoom and high ISO in low light.
Anyway, with a few sprinkles beginning to hit my windshield, I became more discerning with my shots.
The last shots of the trips were all at this one particular location. By now the sky was fully gray, and the lighting was awful. Some of these are as-shot (long exposure, on a tripod). Some were sequences I shot for use in both HDR Express, and in Photoshop’s HDR pro.
After these shots, I wiped the lens dry, and got into the “drive like a bat out of hell” mode, and we raced home . . . where nary a drop of rain had fallen.
By the way, as we drove home this afternoon from our Mt. Evans drive we saw a big plume rising , and smoke literally covering half the horizon. From where we were, driving South on I-25, it looked like the fire was close to where we lived.
It turned out to be from the western end of Colorado Springs, probably 20-25 miles from us. This has the makings of a serious fire . . . I hope not.
For those interested in more information, click HERE, or do a search on “Waldo Canyon Fire). As of the following morning (as I prepare to publish this), it does not look good. Areas all along Ute Pass (the way I take to work) are under mandatory evacuations. Not looking good at all.
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