Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Aspen - Part I - The Journey

Hallelujah, the internet is back! I feel like I got nothing done yesterday, even though I got lots of things done, just not on the internet. There were "technical difficulties" according to our ISP, and we were without it for most of the day. Good thing I have a smart phone!

Speaking of smart phones, I really liked Monday's How I Met Your Mother where they talked about how the smart phone has destroyed the mystery inherent in dating and effectively killed the bar debate. I couldn't agree more (not that I've first-dated since the onset of the smart phone - or even facebook! - but I can imagine). Maybe during the next friendly bar debate, we should all declare a "no smart phone" rule! It makes things so much more interesting.

Anyway, this post is really about my little trip to Aspen.

First off, this being a photography sojourn, I rented an awesome lens to take with me. I chose it based on recommendations from some trusted landscape photography blogs and tutorials.

The Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8G AF-S ED. Fancy, right?


The pictures turned out really great. It was totally worth it to have something other than my usual lenses for a special trip like this.

The drive from Colorado Springs to Aspen is one of the most beautiful ones in Colorado. Here's the route:


That little second highway from the 24 is the 82, a gorgeous highway with amazing leaf color this time of year and great views any time of year. My only complaint is that some of the steep areas don't have guardrails but they do have hairpin curves!

When taking a scenic road trip with a specific destination, I recommend only taking pictures on only one leg of the trip, otherwise it will take you forever to get there and back! It was hard to resist, however, because this was such a picturesque trip. Here are some of my shots from the journey.

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen
On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

On the Road to Aspen

Pretty, right? 

5 comments:

  1. I can't even stand how beautiful those colors are. I love the idea of the lens rental--I'll have to check it out sometime!

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  2. It was the prettiest drive I've done in a loooong time. The lens rental is rather painless, though I wish they had a physical pick-up location in Colorado like they do in California - much cheaper.

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  3. SO pretty! I miss fall colors.

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  4. Mandy - yeah, in Phoenix, the trees change somewhere around January and there aren't that many. I love fall colors!

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  5. I love it there! So much to do there all year long! We went horseback riding at maroon bells! SO PRETYY! This summer, you need to go back and go white water rafting! You take BEAUTIFUL PICTURES btw!!

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