Scheming My Autumn Photography Trip

Photograph of a snow plow nestled in a forest of aspen trees.
Snow plow in Aspen Trees

After a two year hiatus, I’m planning to revisit the wilds of Colorado again this autumn in hopes of adding to my Autumn Photography catalog.

I’ve made my hotel reservations, studied the maps and am in the process of determining what lenses I’ll be taking with me. I should have a couple of buddies traveling with me this year, which is always fun. Two guys (who shall remain nameless at this point) who are great photographers and really good friends.

I think I’ll be bringing along my 75mm and 105mm macro lenses this year. They’ve been sitting on a shelf for the past year and where I’ll be working will be a little different from my normal locations.

Where might that be you ask? Grand Mesa, Colorado.

Grand Mesa, for the uninformed, is located in Western Colorado, not far to the east of Grand Junction. I drove through this part of the state earlier this year when photographing Colorado National Monument. I’ve never spent much time on Grand Mesa, so this is the year. It seems to be less traveled than the other popular Autumn photography spots such as the San Juan Mountains and Crested Butte. Fewer people equates to fewer headaches from my view of the road.  Still, I’m not sure what to expect. Lots of lakes and plenty of aspen trees, but the big, tall, dramatic mountain peaks aren’t going to be a major feature of this year’s photos. The macro lenses will allow me to get more intimate autumn photos. Texture and color will be the theme of this years work.

There is wildlife on Grand Mesa too. A substantial herd of Shiras Moose, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Deer, Elk, and probably an assortment of other critters. If I can work in Autumn landscapes that include wildlife, it will be a gravy train. At the very least, I hope the dining situation offers a little more variety than cheeseburgers and fast food.

Stay tuned to this channel for more updates. I’ll be on the road from September 26th – 29th.