Here is another image from our trip to Colorado, taken on a day trip from Durango up US 550 to Silverton and Ouray. It was a beautiful day and the San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado were still capped in a nice white blanket of snow. We stopped in Ouray for lunch and then headed back to Durango to meet a friend for Dinner. As we headed out of Ouray the road up Red Mountain Pass turns steep and twisty very quickly. About 2 miles out of town we stopped along the shoulder of US 550 and looked up and to the South to see Mount Abrams, which tops out at 12, 801 feet:
I captured this image with my new trusty landscape photography lens, the Olympus 12-50mm. I had the polarizing filter on the lens and took 3 bracketed images, merging them in the Nik/Google HDR Efex Pro plugin, like I find myself doing for so many landscape shots. The HDR processing allowed me to draw out some detail in the pine tree shadows in the bottom of the image and to also get deeper/more intense colors from the mid-day light.
We have been to Colorado more than 13 times since we moved from there 17 years ago and each time we find something completely unique. As a photographer I don't think I will ever run out of awe-inspiring images to capture!