Yep, I’m still on my southwestern Colorado kick. Anytime we went to visit our place – our little slice of mountain goodness – we would usually fly into Denver (DIA) and reluctantly take whatever the rental car place would give us (they never had the vehicle that we reserved months in advance) – then drive halfway across the state, usually pulling into Silverton by the late afternoon or early evening. And this is what we saw just prior to descending into town – the spectacular view from the rest area at Molas Pass.
Photo info: The view from Molas Pass Molas Pass rest stop Silverton, Colorado November 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
When we owned our place high in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, one of our great joys was watching the incredible sunsets. This was one of them, taken about midway up our property line. Our former gold mining claim – which actually had three old and safely sealed gold mining shafts on it (that’s the tailings pile for one of them in the middle of the image) – started at 11,300-feet (3,444 m) in elevation and topped out above the timberline at just over 12,000-feet (3,657 m). In recent days, Cindy and I have been fondly reminiscing about our times spent there tent camping on our plot, without a soul around us for as far as the eye could see.
Photo info: Sunset over Red Mountain From our property Silverton, Colorado July 2004 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam
This is the view from the property that we used to own in southwest Colorado. It was probably one of the most stunning vistas I’ve ever encountered, and it explains why we went so bonkers over it. How bonkers? Well, after seeing this, we tracked down the real estate agent that posted it for sale and bought it on the spot – the only time Cindy and I have ever made an impulse real estate purchase.
Photo info: San Juan Mountains Silverton, Colorado May 1998 Agfa Scala 200 slide film Leica Noctilux 50/1.0 lens Leica M3 35mm film camera