Saturday, August 22, 2015

Forest Road 317

"Life is a journey, not a destination."

That quote is well known to most, in one form or another. It's originally attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. And though I doubt he was talking specifically about Forest Road 317 in Colorado, his words certainly kept popping into my head as I found myself repeatedly stopping on the way to Emerald Lake to capture a scene that caught my eye.

Fireweed, Forest Road 317
The first picture I took was just a simple shot of some fireweed starting to bloom.  I find it important to shoot something quickly when I'm out; it doesn't have to be anything to special.  The longer I wait, the more selective I become about what "deserves" to be the first shot.  Gotta get the first one out of the way early.

Mount Bellview and East River
Mount Bellview stood out prominently to the northeast, so I stopped for a nice scene with the East River in the foreground ...

Mount Bellview and East River Panoramic
... and a broader four-shot panoramic capturing the full surroundings.

Mount Crested Butte
On the return trip I noticed a nice spot with a clear view of Mount Crested Butte and a reflective pond in the foreground.

I don't think these peaks have names.  I was drawn to this scene by the foliage in the foreground.

OK, so maybe in this case my Emerald Lake destination proved to be a little more memorable than the scenes along the journey to get to it.  But the journey had its moments as well!

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