Though this road trip was more about Tom and his cycling, there was one thing I wanted to do which was non-negotiable … I wanted to make a side trip to Mt. Evans for some mountain goat photography. As promised, when we departed Grand Junction, CO, we began our way to Idaho Springs, CO. We were excited too, as we were meeting up with an old friend of ours, Rick Louie.
We were set to meet up at Echo Lake Lodge, a wonderful place that is located near the entrance to the Mt. Evans highway. However, things changed along the way (more on that in the next blog), so after we met at the lodge … we improvised. 🙂
Rick suggested that we drive to Georgetown, CO, then head up towards Guanella Pass, which is part of the Front Range west of Denver. As we began our climb along the road, we found some bighorn sheep ewes and some young ones as well. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen summer bighorns, as they were molting and appeared to be quite shabby looking. Still, being the wildlife nut that I am, I began shooting them … right from the car window. 🙂
We arrived at the parking lot up near the top and the skies showed signs of an impending storm brewing. Nonetheless, the scenery couldn’t be beat and it was fabulous being up there. In the distance, Mt. Bierstadt (14,060 ft) loomed. It didn’t matter which orientation you faced in … beautiful all the way around. Every so often, the sun poked through and cast it’s warm light upon the mountain range. As we began to hike a bit, we couldn’t help but notice the gorgeous wildflowers that were still in bloom on the landscape. As the wind blew around us, we also were serenaded by a bird singing somewhere near us. Every so often, we could see something darting in and out of the brush, but it remained elusive for a bit. Finally, we located it … a white-crowned sparrow … this time perched on top of the brush. It was quite cooperative for the camera as well. We noticed a small lake in the middle of a nearby field and decided to check it out closer. Come on, you’ve got to admit that the pathway towards the lake was quite inviting. Glad that there was the boardwalk as well, as the earth was quite saturated in spots there. Again, the scenery and the wildflowers were beautiful and the setting was quite serene. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in the sunlight or early morning. Thanks Rick for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet up with us. Totally enjoyed shooting with you, whether it’s in the Canadian Rockies or up on Guanella Pass. After, we went for a late bite to eat in Idaho Springs … and of course, continued to catch up. Oh, we obviously got a bit silly in a mostly empty saloon too. LOL
For anyone that might be interested, Rick also provide photography workshops in Colorado and surrounding areas, as well as portrait and wedding photography. Check out his website at http://www.ricklouiephotography.com.
Next: Our Mt. Evans adventure … and I do mean, adventure!
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