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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Post by Roanoker » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:13 pm

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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Re: Colorado 2010 III

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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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