SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 038

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Once again, as a superfluous reminder, we — Melisa and me — used to live in Colorado, and I took a few photos while we lived there.

Today, I offer photos from 2008. Specifically, the Fall of 2008, when we set out on a Colorado (read: aspens) color tour. A long-weekend tour, since we were, at the time, both working.

The post for these photos is HERE. Notice the post is titled “Looking Back“. That’s because I’d previously shared the photos via e-mail (in the days before the blog), and I wasn’t completely happy with my processing (Google Gallery). So, in 2018, I reprocessed them . . . and I think I could do even better now. But, for now, I’m sharing the 138 photos on THIS Gallery as they are.

Here’s the thing about leaving Colorado . . . there are many things we don’t miss, but the scenery isn’t one of them.

By the way, that was the first road trip we took with our then-new Tahoe.

For them interested, this is how that vehicle looked 8 years later when we sold it before moving to Hawaiʻi. It made sense to sell the Tahoe and keep the Highlander, but we miss that vehicle. There’s no substitute for a large SUV when it comes to comfort, safety, and volume (for snacks).

That trip was the second time we visited the Colorado National Monument, having been there two years prior.

I have to tell you something . . . I’m never happy processing photos with lots of red, be they rocks or flowers. Doubly so when trying to showcase the features of the Colorado National Monument.

It gets a little easier when highlighting smaller portions of the expanse of red rocks . . . or trees.

Interesting, but the rocks are the attraction . . .

While the rocks are indeed colorful, that’s not what one thinks of when hearing ‘color tour’ . . .

Some of the scenery reminded me of Alpine town (although there are no Aspens in the Alps . . . that I know of).

It’s in a valley, in the early evening.
Ouray, Colorado

But the mountains are the main attraction (for me).

That’s where we spent the first night of our trip . . . and the next day we embarked on Southern journey on the Million Dollar Highway.

You can see the road in the distance

I’ve always liked the interplay of golden aspens and the evergreens . . .

It looks like I’m looking up, but a careful look at the water and you realize I’m looking down.

The thing about aspens is this . . . their gray trunks and branches, once devoid of leaves, look like smoke or a cloud, especially against the side of a tall mountain.

You can read about Red Rocks HERE, but these in the next photo are different from the sandstone formations at Garden of the Gods.

I suspect that’s granite with a lot of iron deposits. I could be wrong.

Anyway, we had picked pretty well as far as when to go on this trip . . . the colors were great.

Multiple-shots panorama — click for larger version.

Even when you didn’t see many aspens, you still got other colors . . .

There are both active and abandoned mines along these roads . . .

Anyway, we eventually made our way to Durango, where I snapped the last few photos of the trip (the drive home was uninterrupted by picture-taking, both because we were on a timetable and because we’d seen that road numerous times).

Anyway, here’ are’s the slideshow for the gallery. If you prefer, you can just visit the gallery via clicking on the link I provided above.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of Colorado Color Tour – October 2008 Gallery — (138 photos)

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