Fall in the Colorado National Monument

Fall Colors 2014
Wednesday, October 15 & 22, 2014

I spent the last two consecutive Wednesdays visiting the Colorado National Monument after work so that I could try to photograph fall colors before it was too late. I’ve had a couple of shots on my mind that I had envisioned and was hoping the conditions would allow me to make them happen this year. On my first visit to the park last Wednesday the color I was after wasn’t quite there yet so those shots had to wait, but I did take a few photos as I drove through the eastern section of the park to the Ute Canyon overlook and back.

Evening view over Ute Canyon towards the Book Cliffs.

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Ute Canyon Shadows by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The Devil’s Kitchen stands out from the shadows below.

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Devil’s Kitchen Shadows by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Overlooking No Thoroughfare Canyon towards the Grand Mesa.

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Grand Valley Layers by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On my second visit to the park this Wednesday I found the fall color I was after. I actually was almost too late in No Thoroughfare Canyon. I had made it just in time and came back with both images I had envisioned.

Cottonwood trees in No Thoroughfare Canyon.

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Cottonwoods in the Wash by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Blurred colors and stripes near the First Waterfall.

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Monument Stripes by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Fall color in No Thoroughfare Canyon. This was one of the images I had in mind for today after photographing these same trees in the spring when they were bright green.

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No Thoroughfare Fall Color by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another golden cottonwood next to the First Pool.

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First Pool Cottonwood by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Lower Red Canyon and the Grand Valley.

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Lower Red Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This was the other photo I had in my mind for this evening. A beautiful view down Ute Canyon with the golden cottonwoods lining the wash below and alpenglow on the Book Cliffs in the background. The clouds were an added bonus!

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Fall in Ute Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Canyon walls of Ute Canyon.

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Ute Walls by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

>> Fall at the Colorado National Monument Photo Gallery I
>> Fall at the Colorado National Monument Photo Gallery II


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