Because I have no words to describe this, I'll let a few of the 400 photos taken yesterday tell the story...
For those who are still traveling with me...by the time we approached Telluride I was so overcome by all the beauty and the gift of sharing this wondrous day with our grands, who were giggling and talking and taking in the scenery with us, that I was actually in tears.
After driving through town, admiring the lovely and colorful array of Victorian homes, oohing & aahing over Bridal Veil Falls at the end of the box canyon where Telluride lies, and begging to mine for the gold that the grands just knew was there for the picking we had lunch at a true Italian restaurant. The kids were great sports as usual even though the food was not to their taste.
Such good sports were they that we even let them "run a tab"...
Naturally I have photos of the shops, the mine, the falls, the houses, the gondola, the ski runs, etc. in Telluride but it was the indescribable beauty of the day that I most wanted you to see. You should know though that Rich and I both agree that we now have a new favorite town in the Rockies and hope to return someday for a stay.
The day had been overcast with some light rain on the drive up but the sun came out for a while after lunch as we drove back down to Cortez. I have learned that taking photos while driving means that the sun can be more of a curse than a blessing because of the reflections that appear distinctly in the glass of the windows. Usually I am grateful for some cloud cover.
I hope you have enjoyed this sample of Colorado fall scenery. The beauty of these scenes is in no way to be attributed to me, this is nature at its finest. Other than some rotating and cropping (shooting from a car remember) there is no other editing on these. After sifting through hundreds of photos, there is no time for serious editing...and how would one improve on nature in this case?
Speaking of the impossibility of improving on nature...just look at these beauties! What great, fun, loving, and very tolerant kids!