Colorado 2010 III

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Highlander » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:29 pm

Roanoker wrote:
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.


Silverton isn't very commercial - it's at nearly 10,000', has no appreciable ski area, and US 550 (the only way in by car) has major passes on either side making it inaccessible in the winter to all but the most adventurous. Durango certainly has become that way and Telluride, while they manage development in terms of aesthetics, is over the top with pretentiousness. Only a few unspoiled places like Silverton left in Colorado - Lake City and Creede are others that have not been tainted by large scale tourism and real estate nonsense but they aren't as spectacular. Spectacular places are only a jeep road away though. I've been climbing in the area since the late 70's, so many more people nowadays.

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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:52 pm

Highlander wrote: I've been climbing in the area since the late 70's, so many more people nowadays.


I think I'll leave the climbing thing to the more rugged types, like you. :)

I somehow forgot to post the twelve pictures for last week, so you get twenty-four this week.

Still roaming around Silverton, Colorado, on October 7, 2010.
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Something a little different.
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Ominous hills.
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City Hall.
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Peeking peak.
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Street peak.
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Just a peak.
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Nature and civilization.
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Nestled businesses.
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Vestiges of Autumn.
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More businesses.
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Colorful row of businesses, leading to snowy peak.
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I'll grab all the flowers I can find.
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Quaint town with beautiful mountains. What more could anyone want?
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I think we're getting ready to get back on the train and go back to Durango.
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Snapping shots of nearby buildings while waiting.
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I noticed that the three pictures above could form a panorama. So I made one. Sort of.
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The wind is trying to roll this flag around its pole.
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I like restorations. Of the car, not my son.
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Protective flag.
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I like the R.I.P. comment.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:20 pm

American Legion memorial vehicle.
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Street view of Silverton, Colorado.
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This is a street view in the opposite direction.
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Not sure how this vehicle is used.
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Notice my son in the window, ready to travel back to Durango.
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Shot from the train window.
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Blowing off steam.
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Nice trees.
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Nice Peaks.
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Applied a little artistic tweaking.
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Maybe a little here, too.
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Continuing to experiment with graduated cuts. It suggests a mirror frame.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:03 pm

These shots from the train window look so much alike, but the scenery is beautiful, and I cannot discard any of them.
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The original picture was a bit blurred, so I applied a Photoshop filter to salvage it. I kind of like the result.
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Train on the right side.
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PIcture within itself.
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Fall continues to yellow-up the trees.
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Let's go pebble-hunting.
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Tracks are always nearby.
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You can see the tiniest hint of the train engine to the right.
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More of the same, with a bit of tweaking.
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Nature does a pretty good job when left to its own devices.
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Such a pretty creek neighborhood.
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Found a flower! This picture is a small section of a larger, portrait-oriented image.
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:04 pm

We're on the train back to Durango from Silverton. I think we have stopped for water. And there is plenty of it.
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Are these ski slopes? I dunno. Not a skier.
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The scenery was so pretty.
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This scene looks like a good subject for a painting.
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We are way up high on a trestle.
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The engine chugs along.
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A person could get squeamish.
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Getting close to a turn.
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Train smoke fogs up the picture.
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I guess I got carried away with the train. Literally. <smile>
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Raindrops on the window. Well, I like it.
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Where did this lake come from?
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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Postby Roanoker » Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:52 pm

These are the very last pictures from the trip to Colorado.

Two more shots from the train as we approach Durango.

Geese, playing golf.
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The sun did a nice paint job on these trees.
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It is the next day, 10/8/10, and we are en route to Albuquerque.
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Pretty butte. Learned how to fade out the bottom of the top image, bleeding into a larger version of itself.
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Another butte. I used a different oddball technique on this one.
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This is the very last picture I'm posting for this trip. It shows the Sandias in Albuquerque. Yeah, I forced a fake road at the bottom.
Actually, the sky is fake, too. I took the picture from inside the car, and the windshield wasn't kind. I did salvage the cloud. It's real.
I love Photoshop.
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I'll start a series for another trip with six pictures so I'll have twelve for the week. Give me a few days...


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