Colorado Winter Activities 2014 Part I

[Categories: Photography, Travel Photography, Photography 101 Forever, Winter Activities]

[Photos are grouped in galleries which will provide ‘Exif’ info for those interested. Click on any photo to enlarge and view group in a slide show.  Photo info is in lower right corner, as is ‘View full size’.  View full and zoom again for extra detail.  Click X in upper left to return.  Start over when none of this works.  🙂 ]

SNOW FLIES ON US.

Snowfalls have been substantial this winter.  I skied one of my coldest days ever on 20 Feb. Temps were low, winds were high, Chill factor was about -10 to -15F.  (I didn’t ski a long day.)  Sunny days were here also (pictures to follow).  I skied 16+” of powder up to my knee caps in Feb. on the LOWER part of Copper Mountain ski resort.  I bet it was deeper at the higher elevations where the powder hounds congregated.

There were photo opportunities also.  My problem is not with taking too many pictures.  It is with posting too many, unlike sites such as http://elbuenoelfeo.wordpress.com, who usually posts a single artistic photo, http://fortheloveofnike.com/2014/03/06/off-road-in-acg/, who posts several photos at a time, often with nice looking post-process effects, and http://leannecolephotography.com, who posts single to dozens of high quality photos (check her Weekend Wanderings section).  I’ve whittled the following gallery down from 14 pictures.

WALKING BY LAKE DILLON EARLY JANUARY.

All pictures in this gallery taken with: screenshot[ISO 100 or 200, 0 EV]

MINER’S CREEK TRAIL, FRISCO, MID-JANUARY:

Can you take a bad picture in bright sun and blue skies?  I probably can but it isn’t easy.

All pictures in this gallery taken with:
screenshot
[ISO 100, 0 EV]
(Don’t forget, ZoomZoom is not just a Mazda ad.  To look at photo details you can click on a photo, scroll down and click View Full Size in the lower right, and click yet again on the result.)

We usually wear snowshoes for our winter hiking but despite their modern svelte shape they can be a bit cumbersome for those not used to webbed feet and a hassle to put on.  The Miner’s Creek Trail, like most high traffic hiking areas, is well packed so we forego the snowshoes and just wear our snow boots:

Thanks to the advice of my active and outdoorsy dental hygienist (one of the highlights of my busy retiree’s social life is my regular visit for teeth cleaning, though she does  most of the talking) we discover a new/old winter activity: SNOW WALKING!!  By snow walking my hygienist means (‘I have one word for you’) STABIL-ICERS.  We acquire a pair apiece at our Denver REI store.  M’lady LOVES them (and thus so do I).  They are easy to put on, easy to walk in, and provide just enough support so you are not torquing ankles from side to side.  BOO-YAH!

About $50 USD. Stabilicers.

Let’s try them.

WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE FRISCO TO COPPER TRAIL:  (Some good comparison photos of what settings work better in snow shots.)

(To be continued. 🙂  I’m not trying to write a book or bore you to tears but I may be succeeding in one or the other.)

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About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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2 Responses to Colorado Winter Activities 2014 Part I

  1. frankiekay says:

    I love the winter photos…(we dont have snow here ) thank you for posting. (I also never know which ones to post )

    • JohnRH says:

      Thank you. I do like setting the photos to Large in the WordPress Media Library and using the Create Gallery function for posting. It gives the reader the ability to zoom several times and look at photo details. It took years for me to exceed the 13GB of free storage even with Large photos. Now of course I’m paying for extra storage.

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