Colorado 2010 III

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Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:23 pm

If pictures are missing, see them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/115393943@N05/collections/72157640327286316/.

It is a new day, October 5, 2010, and we are driving through Canyonlands. There was a big sign near the site of this picture that said
"Hole in the rock."
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Here is another view. What you think you are seeing is not really there. I cut a section of the original picture, put a smaller version of the
entire image behind it and then cut out the "hole" in the top image. It was just an experiment.
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I suppose you can see all sorts of things in this big rock. It even looks as if it has a tiny door at the bottom.
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This is called the "Newspaper Rock." I suppose it does contain the news of the ancient day.
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Just driving through.
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Still driving.
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A beaut of a butte.
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These remind me of doll cakes. I always wanted one for my birthday when I was a little girl, but I never got one. A real "storybook" doll
was placed in the middle of a rounded cake, which was decorated to look like her dress, or ballroom gown.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:35 pm

We are driving through the Canyonlands.
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This is a small section of a larger picture.
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More experimentation.
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Road atlas cover. (Not really.)
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It's a national park.
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Just a view.
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Well, I liked the foliage. And I wanted to try another shape.
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The big rock in the center is known as the Wooden Shoe Arch.
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More to see.
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A sun-blessed butte.
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If you look closely at the far left, just under the little bush-like thing, you will see an artist.
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Big door knobs. I need to stop now. I am seeing faces in the rocks.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:18 pm

The artists (top left) are more obvious in this picture.
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This looks like a shelf of books. I'm sure they are "hard" to read. :D
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It was the grass in this picture that I particularly liked.
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This is a not terribly successful experiment. I placed the entire picture within an enlarged portion of itself.
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There is the Dutch Shoe Arch again.
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Another dead branch. (I do like those things.)
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The asters were nice, but they were scattered all over the place. So I applied a filter to "crackle" them up a bit.
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I just now noticed an irrigation pipe at the bottom of this picture. And I experimented with another shape, against a blend.
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This object is bigger than it appears!
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I picked this picture because I liked the enchanting trees.
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Not exactly what you'd expect among desert scenes, but nice nonetheless.
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Here is a little of both. (Wasn't I clever in allowing the road to flow out of the picture? 8) (You can see the air vent under the car's
windshield reflected on the road. Too lazy to clone it out.)
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:08 pm

This picture is now almost impossible to understand. I created it, and I can hardly figure it out myself. I put a portion of the original
picture in the background and a reduced version of the entire picture directly in the center. The size of the resulting picture below was
16"x12", at 72dpi prior to upload. The reduced image (stuck in the middle) was 14" wide. I feathered the picture "box" in the middle and
cut away the extraneous edges. I scooted the background so that the road would somewhat match the bottom of the centered picture.
Then I cloned out the ugly stop sign from the background on the left and fluffed in some grass and trees. I won't remember this after
a few days. : )
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This is a portion of the original picture, which had an ugly fence and building at the top. I had to sacrifice some pretty flowers, but it had
to be done. I experimented with various filters to make the picture look more like a painting, but nothing looked as good as the original,
so I left it alone.
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It is a new day (October 6, 2010), and we are visiting the Mesa Verde National Park. I like the font used on the sign.
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I got carried away with my fascination for branches.
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Always on the lookout for a frame idea.
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My son said these are nodules in the sandstone.
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This visitor center fits in with its environment.
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As I recall, I sat in the car and my son took all the pueblo pictures.
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A step back.
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Wrecked pueblo.
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Another view of the same locale. (I don't recall an entirely white sky, but that's what the camera saw.)
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We missed the guided tour. The entire picture actually ends where the treetop begins bottom left. I feathered and cut away portions of
the top picture to reveal the trees in a larger section of the picture underneath. All this to keep to a 4:3 aspect ratio without losing detail.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Highlander » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:27 pm

Finally back in Colorado.

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:13 pm

Ha! Yes. If you hadn't mentioned that we were back in Colorado, I wouldn't have noticed. Thanks!

Yes, we really are in Colorado now.
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This is not a good picture. The bird was originally on an ugly metal fence, so I moved him to the top of a larger portion of the picture.
But he was pretty.
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I guess we had to watch where we walked.
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You can see visitors returning from their trek down to the pueblos. I sat in the car.
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Reminds me of Easter.
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Can you imagine living here?
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Bathhouse?
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I can only guess how these rooms were used.
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Continuing to experiment as I show the pictures.
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I picked up the frame colors from the visitors' shirts.
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The original picture is in the middle. I cut away the edges a bit to reveal a larger portion underneath.
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I glued in a larger part of the picture to the top to retain the 4:3 aspect ratio without losing any detail.
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Pueblo house tour is over, for now.

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed May 01, 2013 1:03 pm

I like this bridge.
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View from visitor center.
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Vying for attention.
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I believe that one peak has snow.
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Here is a little town and a framing experiment.
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We're traveling.
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Mountains beckon.
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We have arrived at Durango, Colorado.
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My son is getting tickets for our train ride to Silverton the next morning.
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We got up very early on October 7, 2010 to board the train.
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Real steam.
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Time to kill. Let's snap some flowers.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed May 08, 2013 10:53 am

Snapping a few pictures while waiting to board. Hope you like trains.
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Passenger car.
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My son is ready to go.
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From one train to another.
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Tight squeeze.
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Engineers getting ready.
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Is this the right train?
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McDonald's be everywhere.
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Funky background.
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Nice engine.
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Huff 'n puff.
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Okay, so I'm running out of ideas.
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Toot toot.

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed May 15, 2013 5:33 pm

Getting ready to go.
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Passengers are seated.
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Motorists are being warned that our train is moving.
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Bridge over creek.
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Ticket, please.
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The people who live in this house get to see the Durango-Silverton trains pass every day.
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I suppose you could say the same for the folks who live in this house, but they are not as close to the tracks.
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We're below road level.
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Another house. This is a nice one. They even have a lawn-sprinkling system.
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Going around a rocky bend.
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Snapping shots of whatever appears in the window.
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Tiny train station.
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There will be more pictures from the train in future posts.

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed May 22, 2013 8:17 am

Now that we're on our way, we'll take a look at scenery from the train.
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Someone else has picture-taking in mind.
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And there's the back part. I didn't realize there was one, open passenger car until just now.
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That river would be fun to navigate.
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All kinds of train terrain.
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Had to go between cars to get good pictures. My son had the camera. He didn't always select good subjects. 8)
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Soft trees.
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The train's steam prompted many rainbows. I have more than enough pictures to prove it, but I will spare you.
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This frame experiment worked better the last time I tried it. Oh, well.
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I have many creek pictures. Selecting just one to post was difficult.
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This was the only portrait-oriented picture this time. I didn't want to lose those nice tree tops on the edges when I made the oval,
so I used the top of the picture as the background. The result is a bit odd.
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More trees. I remember looking specifically for aspens. I found some later on. (To be continued...)
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Highlander » Sat May 25, 2013 12:30 pm

Thanks for the photos. Here's a bit of trivia - The gorge picture on the Animas River you showed that was (assumingly) taken from train is the site where they filmed the scene in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" where they were cornered by the marshal and jumped over the cliff yelling ....s...h...i...t.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IbStIb9XXw

Somewhere in the depths of KCRAG, I once posted photos from several climbs I made emanating from trailheads only accessible by that train. It will drop you off at a place called Needleton (a stop in the Weminuche Wilderness) and it's probably easiest route in to the Needle Mountains which are, by far, the wildest range in Colorado with the most challenging peaks. I suspect you saw some backpackers on your train as popular as that backpack has become.

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Thu May 30, 2013 6:55 am

Highlander wrote:Thanks for the photos. Here's a bit of trivia - The gorge picture on the Animas River you showed that was (assumingly) taken from train is the site where they filmed the scene in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" where they were cornered by the marshal and jumped over the cliff yelling ....s...h...i...t.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IbStIb9XXw

Somewhere in the depths of KCRAG, I once posted photos from several climbs I made emanating from trailheads only accessible by that train. It will drop you off at a place called Needleton (a stop in the Weminuche Wilderness) and it's probably easiest route in to the Needle Mountains which are, by far, the wildest range in Colorado with the most challenging peaks. I suspect you saw some backpackers on your train as popular as that backpack has become.


Thank you for all that information, Highlander. I do remember that classic movie and the classic jump. Who could forget it? I did not know where it was filmed. I wish I had known about backpackers' using the train to get to drop-off points. I would have looked for them. As it was, I was more interested in the scenery than people. So here are more pictures of scenery, taken from the train. :D

Confused rock.
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The yellow trees jumped out.
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I call this "Ess Creek" because it meanders and draws the letter "S".
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I have a lot of pictures of this creek. I won't post all of them here.
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I do like trees.
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Trees under glass. On top of it, too.
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Lone yellow tree.
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Rapid rapids.
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I think the train must be stopped. The picture above and the one below show the same scene.
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Side water and maybe a little junk.
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We have definitely stopped.
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This creek looks pretty big when viewed next to the train.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:30 pm

As mentioned last time, the train stopped. Here is why. It is getting a fill of water.
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Just to be different, I applied a filter to make these trees look like an oil painting.
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Not sure what these men were waiting for. I'd guess they were waiting for the train to leave so they could do their work.
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Caught a sleeping house.
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I was looking specifically for aspens. This one was hiding.
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I think this is a better shot of the same tree.
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This one almost looks like a painting, but I did nothing to it.
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I have many pictures of this creek.
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Trees, trees, trees.
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More of the creek.
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More trees over and under glass.
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A parallel set of tracks.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby KCKev » Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:55 pm

Really enjoying the train ride.The things I miss here in Arizona are trees and creeks

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:47 am

KCKev wrote:Really enjoying the train ride.The things I miss here in Arizona are trees and creeks


Hi, Kev. I'm glad you are enjoying the train ride. We liked it, too. But you have all kinds of wonderful things in Arizona! Including trees
and creeks! Plus canyons of all shapes and sizes. The slot canyons are especially intriguing.

Now for the next Colorado batch...

These look like trees in a magical forest.
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Love that river.
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The white trees wear white hats. (Translation: They are good.)
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A little surrealism doesn't hurt.
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Aspens in context.
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Notice the aspens on the hill.
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That peak gets around.
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Love those aspens.
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Skinny aspens.
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Yet more.
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The yellow leaves are a nice touch.
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Maybe this picture should have been discarded, but for some reason I like it. I was on a moving train.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:44 pm

Still on the train. Pretty much all trees this time.
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Can't beat trees, creeks and mountains.
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Found some white trees.
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Soft trees and hard rock.
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Hope this doesn't get boring.
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Train sneaks into view. And it is a nice view.
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You can see the train's shadow bottom left and its smoke top left.
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Picture within a larger section of itself.
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Here's another picture within itself but handled differently.
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Smoke gives away the train's presence.
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Smoke is not so obvious here, but it softens the image.
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The different tree types play well together.
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Go hug a tree!

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:54 am

This picture was portrait-oriented, so I pasted it within a larger portion of itself. I like the effect. And I just love those aspens.
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Out of all the "tree" pictures, I picked one to use for our 2010 Christmas card. Here is that picture, on the outside of the simulated card.
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And here is the inside.
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Caught a bridge.
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More trees, in their natural habitat.
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Rocks, trees and water.
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If you looked up, this is what you would see.
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Shall we gather at the river.
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Yellow tree caucus.
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Abandoned mine.
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We have arrived at our destination: Silverton!
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Nice mountain.
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Keep on track, and you will achieve your goal!

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:49 pm

We got off the train in Silverton.
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We walked around town a bit, taking pictures.
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Oddly dark sky on one side. But the sun was shining.
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Those taillights certainly show up well.
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Eww! Chocolate-covered INSECTS!
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I think we ate lunch here.
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Fun place.
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The mountain peaks look almost mystical.
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Back to the streets. Nice streets, though.
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More charming shops.
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Across the street. (I hate those overhead lines, but I'm too lazy to clone them out.)
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Silverton is a nice town.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Highlander » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:15 am

What time of the year did you go? Looks cold with some new snow up in the mountains. Silverton is one of the few mountain towns in Colorado I can still tolerate. The rest have become so over commercialized that it makes me sick - The Telluride area has become a regrettable disaster.

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:39 am

Highlander wrote:What time of the year did you go? Looks cold with some new snow up in the mountains. Silverton is one of the few mountain towns in Colorado I can still tolerate. The rest have become so over commercialized that it makes me sick - The Telluride area has become a regrettable disaster.


All of the pictures taken while we were riding on the train and walking around Silverton were shot on October 7, 2010. I don't remember it being cold during that vacation, but I did wonder why I was seeing rather heavy jackets on passers-by when I posted these pictures this week. I don't recall all that much commercialization, probably because my son, whose interests lie mostly in geology, selected more remote areas. We were following his itinerary. I suppose the areas weren't all that remote, as he no doubt watched out for my safety. And we didn't camp outside.


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