Winter Trees, Monarch Pass, Colorado

Winter Trees, Monarch Pass, Colorado

We were heading over Monarch Pass last week on the way to visit relatives on the Front Range and then on to DIA,  to fly to  L.A. to visit relatives for xmas.  I didn't bring my usual set up with the D800, etc., as I knew I would not be doing any serious shooting on this trip, so I brought my trusty little Sony NEX 5n, which, with an amazing 16MP sensor is perfectly capable of producing excellent images.  Monarch Pass had received a good amount of snow the night before, and it was of the variety that coats the trees with beautiful wintery white-ness.  When at the top of the pass, I braved the sub-zero winds, got out said Sony 5n, and snapped a number of images as the light and clouds rapidly changed from moment to moment.  They were hand-held so I shot plenty, just in case.  I was pleased with this one…..

Aspen Blizzard

Aspen Blizzard

It was snowing so hard when I shot this image that the seals on my Nikon D800 were sorely tested.  The camera survived however, and the blurry effect of the falling snow gives this image a wonderful painterly look.


Dramatic, Snowy Fall Morning in the Kebler Pass Area

West Beckwith Mountain, Kebler Pass Area, Colorado

Sometimes the conditions are so good, that you are left in a quandary as to which is going to be the best image, given the time you have or the light.  In this case, I was driving to this scene through the most amazing "elfin forest" scenery with the aspens and spruce covered with snow.  Part of me wanted to stop and shoot more intimate scenes in the forest before the sun hit, but in my heart I knew this viewpoint would be more dramatic, so I pushed on.....