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Autumn Color at Lost Lake on Kebler Pass, Colorado
Early autumn at Lost Lake on Kebler Pass near Crested Butte.

I’m planning my next photography trip(s), which will be a combination of two different subjects this year.

My original plan was to photograph the narrow gauge railroad, Cumbres & Toltec NGRR, out of Chama, New Mexico. I invited my friend Jonathan Steele to join me and he took me up on the offer. Then, Jon, being a total nut about photographing autumn color in the San Juan Mountains, which is in the same general area of the country as the railroad, talked me into extending the trip to include several days working in the San Juan’s. Darn, I hate it when that happens. Two trips in one, lots of great photos, good company.

So, we have our hotels booked, I’ve washed the pickup truck and removed summer’s grime, and I have my camera gear mostly sorted out and packed. All I have to do now is wait. We’ll be heading out on the 6th of October and will probably be done by the 19th. I haven’t done a trip of this magnitude in about 10 years, so it’s going to be a lot of fun I’m certain.

My biggest concern is being on the road and dealing with my diabetic medical stuff. I’ll have to lug around needles, insulin, pills and other such things. I have visions of me shooting up insulin from the cab of the truck on some dusty road in the mountains. It’s all good though. The alternative is to get sick and die. You’d be surprised what you can do when well motivated. I got some good practice in over the summer. I’m getting used to this old age business.

So, two photos today. The first is from Kebler Pass in 2022, where I was also accompanied by Jonathan Steele and my buddy Jim Esten. The second is a landscape photo from northern New Mexico, made from the Cumbres & Toltec train at a place called Windy Point.

Norther New Mexico, as viewed from Windy Point

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