Falling for Autumn in Colorado - Part I

November 15, 2020  |  Crested Butte, Colorado

In late September of this year, I returned to Colorado to spend time amongst the mountains and the aspen trees. For me, it's a return to home, as I had lived in the small town of Gothic, on the bank of the East River, during the summers of 1991 and '92 when I worked at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. It was here that I was introduced to a new and strange world, at least for a kid that had grown up in Iowa and later in Texas. It was here that I fell in love with the mountains, the streams, and the forests of the American West.

It had been two years since my last trip to Colorado, and I was eager to spend some time making new photos of the old places I love.

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The yellow leaves of aspen trees glitter in golden hues in the early morning sunlight over the East River near Crested Butte, Colorado. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

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Wouldn’t you love to live here in this rustic cabin in the mountains of Colorado? Imagine the sound of the floorboards creaking as you walk through the cabin. The fireplace crackles and fills the cabin with a welcoming warmth. Outside, the autumn air is crisp, and the aspen leaves are rustling in the wind. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

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A panoramic view of fall color in the aspen trees with Gothic Mountain towering in the distance. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

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There are years when the autumn leaves drop so fast that the whole season seems like a blur. I made this photo using a technique known as Intentional Camera Movement. The idea is to use exposure values that allow for a long-exposure of several seconds. The camera is intentionally moved during the exposure to introduce a blur into the scene. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

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A panoramic view of fall color near Crested Butte with Avery Peak in the distance. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

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The moon rises above the aspen trees along Kebler Pass near Crested Butte, Colorado. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

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As I photographed this scene of the sunset over Avery Peak, the air was still and the surrounding landscape fell quiet. Near the Gothic townsite in the East River Valley of Colorado. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

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A colorful fall sunset over Marcellina Mountain and the tall aspen trees along Kebler Pass. Near Crested Butte. Colorado. © Adam Schallau, all rights reserved.

If you can't get enough, you can see more in part 2 of Falling for Autumn in Colorado where I've shared the photographs I made in the second half of my 2020 trip to Colorado including photos from Ridgway, the Double RL ranch, Telluride, Owl Creek Pass, and Silver Jack Reservoir.