Saturday, November 1, 2014
Some more photos of the spectacular color this fall highlighting the changes in color and coverage that occured in only a few days time.
The photos above were taken from Duster looking up into Twilight on 18 Sep 2014 and 25 Sept 2014. Notice the nice red color of the changing aspen.
The photos above were taken on Duster from Rainbow saddle on 20 Sep 2014 and 25 Sep 2014. Notice the deer standing in the middle of the trail on the first photo!
The photos above were taken on Tenderfoot on 29 Sept 2014, 5 Oct 2014 and 11 Oct 2014 as the remaining leaves fell from the aspen.
The photos above were taken near the base of the Pony Express lift looking up at the Storm Peak lift on 8 Oct 2014 and then 14 Oct 2014 after our first substantial upper mountain snow. Another deer managed to pose for the first photo!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
I’ve fallen a little behind in posting some of the pictures I’ve taken in the last few weeks, and following are some of them taken in the last week.
Here’s one heading up ZigZag last weekend just before the Creekside trail.
The aspen grove just uphill from the base of Pony Express lift.
Sun-splashed aspen at the base of Pony Express
Another nice sunset from my deck.
Looking towards Twilight trees from Rendezvous saddle with Duster in the foreground.
Moonrise over the lower mountain, taken from just above the base of Thunderhead lift.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
First snowfall for the Steamboat ski area arrived yesterday afternoon as the upper low advertised in last Thursdays forecast moved over our area about 12 hours slower than I thought. This picture was taken around 8:15 am Tuesday morning 30 September 2014 and is from the Four Points Lodge Mountain Cam. Unsettled weather will continue today and tomorrow with the last and coldest part of the storm pushing through tomorrow afternoon, bringing accumulating snow to the mountain tomorrow afternoon and likely snowflakes to the valley floor by Wednesday night.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
The first part of the storm forecast for this weekend was weaker and drier than expected, bringing some scattered clouds into our area late in the afternon. Rather than rain, a spectacular sunset graced Steamboat Springs last night.
Both of these were taken looking west towards Emerald Mountain from my deck Friday evening.
I still expect the second part of the storm, which is currently a cutoff low just off the coast of south-central California, to move westward during the day tomorrow, bringing first showers earlier in the day and then moderate to heavy rains by the late afternoon or early evening. Rain and rain showers will continue during the day Monday, until the upper low moves east of our area by early Tuesday, bringing warming and drying to the area.
Friday, September 19, 2014
After a late start, the fall color show has seemingly appeared overnight! Well, not quite overnight, but literally in several days. Monday afternoon, the Twilight trees in the Priest Creek Area were tinged with light green, by Tuesday they were light yellowish and by Wednesday they were full yellow.
I escaped for a mid-afternon ride Thursday afternoon as temperatures touched 80F in the Yampa Valley. I took the this picture looking over Priest Creek from the Elkhead loop, and you can see the Duster road cutting horizontally across the middle of the picture.
I like riding the Sunshine loop in a counter-clockwise direction, so the next picture is taken from the Duster road looking up at the Twilight trees. The underbrush has turned a beautiful red color which contrasts nicely with the aspen.
This picture was taken looking down what I believe is Flintlock about a third of the way up the new reroute of the Sunshine Trail
Finally, I took this picture cruising down the long traverse on Sunshine Trail somewhere in the Shadows area. You can see the town of Steamboat Springs over the ridge in the left hand side of the picture down in the valley floor.