After being out of town for nearly two weeks, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do here on HeidiTown. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some beautiful Instagram shots I took while in Telluride last week for a conference. The ONLY editing process I used was to lighten a couple of the photographs. This area was so stunning that I felt no need for filters of any kind.
I drove to Telluride from the Front Range area of Colorado, over I70 and down through Montrose. It’s a beautiful drive, but once I hit Ridgeway, Colorado, the beauty kicked up notch.
The road from Ridgeway to the cutoff to Telluride is one of the most breathtaking drives I have ever experienced. I think it is especially impressive during the fall months when the leaves are turning gold, amber and red. The following photo was taken at a viewing area where cars were lined up, along with professional photographers. This photo only captures a tiny essence of what this scenic viewpoint offers the spectator.
Once I arrived in downtown Telluride and checked into the Aspen Street Inn, I decided to jump on the gondola, just a block away, and ride over to Mountain Village. Riding the gondola at this time of year is like taking a tour through a golden forest.
At our conference the break-out sessions occurred at The Peaks Resort & Spa. This hotel has a patio with a million dollar view.
Back in downtown, I did a little window shopping, but decided to go into Down to Earth. I love their selection of cowboy boots and distinctive jewelry, and the shop owners lived up to their store’s name.
The next morning, on 10/4/13, this was the scene from my room’s patio at the Aspen Street Inn:
The walk to the gondola looked a little different after the snow…
Riding the gondola after a fresh snow in Telluride…
Back in downtown around noon, a lot of the snow on the ground had melted, but I captured this gorgeous scene just outside the gondola station.
Here’s a close up photo of a yellow aspen tree that was “snowing” on me.
Back on the road I stopped at the same scenic viewpoint and captured this photo. I can’t wait to share the photos I took with my Canon. There were about 10 professional photographers there on that day. I’m sure this scene will show up on more than a few Fall 2014 calendars.
To see some Instagram videos of my trip, go to Instagram.com/theMayorofHeidiTown.