A fall trip to Telluride, Colorado capture on Instagram

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.

a horse in Ridgeway Colorado

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.

Telluride HeidiTown 3

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.

riding the gondola in Telluride

fall in Telluride

At our conference the break-out sessions occurred at The Peaks Resort & Spa. This hotel has a patio with a million dollar view.

the million dollar view from the patio of the Peaks in telluride

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.

down to earth, a women's clothing store in downtown Telluride

The next morning, on 10/4/13, this was the scene from my room’s patio at the Aspen Street Inn:

October snow in downtown Telluride

The walk to the gondola looked a little different after the snow…

snowy downtown Telluride/

Riding the gondola after a fresh snow in Telluride…

downtown Telluride covered in fresh snow

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.

bikes in the snow in downtown Telluride

Here’s a close up photo of a yellow aspen tree that was “snowing” on me.

aspen tree at Telluride Ski Resort

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.

Ridgeway to Telluride a snowy viewpoint

To see some Instagram videos of my trip, go to  Instagram.com/theMayorofHeidiTown.

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