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The San Juan Triangle Part 2

My friend Steve and I returned to the San Juan Triangle to prospect the gold trees. We found them This year the aspen were as good as you will ever see them. We burned several gigs of pixels frantically trying to capture the sublime event of nature. Steve concentrated on making panoramas while I shot mostly traditional format images. We had a great time.

As an old film photographer, I'm learning the new digital world. I find it fascinating even though my old brain struggles at times in the depths of Photoshop CS5. The fact that you can shoot 500 images without film and processing cost is just astonishing.

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Returning to East Dallas Creek the world had turned yellow-orange in a matter of a few days.

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Explosive gold comes from side and backlight.

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We attacked Ophir Pass from Hwy 550. After hitting the top (11,789 ft.) this is looking back east to the summit.

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The west side of Ophir Pass is a fall scene spectacular of mountains and aspen trees.

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Ridge to the north.

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Looking to the west with Ophir nestled in the distant valley floor.

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Here is a scene you saw in the first report, now laced with gold.

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East of Placerville on Hwy 145 you find the Fall Creek road (57P) going south.
A morning road scene leads to Woods Lake.

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Woods Lake

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Woods Lake

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A little known tree route starts near Woods Lake. As Road 618 leads east to Beaver Park and eventually to Norwood There are several good photo sites.

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Lone Cone Mountain are has a long ranching history. The fine historian, David Lavender, talks about running cattle here when he was a young man.

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Beaver Park area.

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Another opportunity is Owl Creek Pass east of Ridgway. This is the west side.

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This is the east side of Owl Creek.

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Chimney Rock, 11,791 ft.

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Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. We've been though some of those areas in mid September so it was great to see the pictures.


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VERY NICE!!!!! You TC guys go to the best places!

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Isn't it amazing how fast the trees change? Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing some of the tree roads.


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Posted: 10/08/10 09:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW!! Your eye for a picture is amazing. You should be famous for postcards and posters. Do you enhance your photos, or was that just a really dumbass question? Hats off to ya, Frank.


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Great report and photos. Our aspens have not yet turned color here in northern NV.


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WOW!! Calendar quality....every one!!!!! [emoticon]


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~DJ~ wrote:

WOW!! Calendar quality....every one!!!!! [emoticon]


Or screen saver quality. Thanks for the great report clattertruck


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Once again I am left speechless by the clarity, color and composition of your photos. We are blessed that you share these fantastic pictures with us. Simply beautiful.


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What a great trip report ... well done!


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