The new additions keep coming, and in this post I'll show you some new images from both the Tenmile and Mosquito Ranges, a couple of my favorite ranges in Colorado that I'm able to visit fairly often due to their relatively close proximity.
The image above is one I took while out hiking and picnic'ing with my family at Clinton Gulch Reservoir back in late Summer of 2012. If you've never been to this area, you owe it to yourself to go. It doesn't require a lot of effort, as it's right off the highway (north side of Fremont Pass, between Copper Mountain and Leadville) and the hiking trail that runs alonside it is a pretty hike. We were able to have a perfectly pleasant hike with our three small children. That ease of access, though, doesn't mean the views are any less stellar. You're hiking in the immediate shadow of the Tenmile Range at over 10,000 feet, and the views are epically beautiful. This is a great one if you have any flatlander relatives or friends visiting, as you can show them some classic, epic, Colorado beauty, all without having to wear them out by trudging them through miles of steep backcountry trails. I thought the image of this guy fishing on the reservoir, right off the trail, perfectly captured the type of high country, mountain experience we all get to enjoy here in Colorado. Just makes you want to be there right now, doesn't it?
This next one, which I call "Life & Death", was also taken at Clinton Gulch Reservoir, not very far from where you see the fisherman in the top picture on this post. This cut-up, dead tree stump with all its roots still attached, strangely discarded right by the lake shore, had kind of an eery vibe to it, so I processed it accordingly, letting that feeling come out in the final image. Feels like it's going to reach out and grab you, doesn't it?
These next two, the immediately above and below, both come from the Mosquito Range, a range I'm able to visit and enjoy fairly frequently, as we own a cabin with friends in Fairplay, CO. It's not incredibly far down the road from the Buffalo Peaks, which is what you see in the image above. The Buffalo Peaks are a couple of my favorite mountains in all of Colorado, as they have such a distinctive look to them, and you can see them rising above South Park from miles away if you're driving up from Denver or Colorado Springs. Absolutely beautiful peaks... They're also part of a wilderness area, the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area, which is the smallest federally designated wilderness area in Colorado, and the only one in the Mosquito Range. As such, it's often overlooked by many people, and you can enjoy some incredible solitude in there. It's not a spot that should be overlooked, though, as it is incredibly beautiful and peaceful, and again, not hard to get to. It's a little more off the highway than Clinton Gulch - you'll have to travel some gravel road for a ways to get to this one - but it's only a matter of a few miles of driving off-highway, and still perfectly passable by a two-wheel-drive vehicle.
The image above is simply a variation of a similar image I already had in the gallery, but this one processed to a larger format and in black & white. I like the feeling of this one because I love a good B&W landscape, but I like my other color edit because it shows off the Fall colors. Whichever mode you prefer, I've now got it covered.
This last one isn't taken very far from the Buffalo Peaks image, just heading up Weston Pass past it a ways. This isn't really a new image; if you've followed my Ryan Fonkert Photography website, you've surely already seen it. I just somehow missed it when I was originally loading images up to this website, so have simply now corrected the omission. Weston Pass is a drive you should check out while you're out checking Buffalo Peaks, too. I know the north side of the pass, which I haven't actually driven yet myself, is a little hairy and probably requires a 4WD vehichle, but this east side is an easy drive up, easily drivable by any 2WD vehichle, even one with fairly low ground clearance. Park County seems to do a pretty good job of maintaining it. And the views up there are outstanding, so check it out.