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Went looking for the patterns of autumn. Found it in peak form on a classic riding road.

A map of the ride and five images are below. Placed the digital camera in movie mode and recorded the ride, distilling the video into a five minute clip.

Wind noise overwhelmed the digital camera mic so Eva Cassidy's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" accompanies. If looking for the H-D rumble or prefer a tune from a classic rocker, save the bandwidth. There's a better place and time for the latter. If you want to hear a moving version of the Judy Garland classic, enjoy, and enjoy the autumn ride, the blue and white dappled sky, the harvest colors, and the ribbon of road.

The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway - Streaming Video

The ride goes north to south, from Estes Park, gateway of Rocky Mountain National Park, to Nederland...


A view of Estes Park is up first. This is the approach from the east. On the western horizon are peaks of the National Park guarding the western flanks...


Heading south along the eastern border, homage is given to Long's Peak, the 14,255ft. sentinel of the Park established in 1915 by an act of congress. The Diamond Face side is seen here. Long's lofty heights are shared by neighboring Mt. Meeker at 13,991ft. to the left...


At the southern edge of the Park is Wild Basin. While the coniferous green clothes are year round attire for the pines, the aspen are busy changing into their garments of gold. The H-D finds the black and chrome tuxedo suitable for the party...


An ascent is made out of Peaceful Valley and the bike is turned around to salute the Continental Divide and The Sawtooth. The sun and shadows of clouds deliver a cocktail of colors...


And a final pause to reflect for a moment or two and then just breathe it all in. The exhale notes the seasons of change are good, and that so is life. The timeless Indian Peaks peering over the ridgeline grant their affirmation...


Ehhhhh... enough contemplation. Time for some lunchtime chow!
 

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Fantastic images Steve.
 

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Great as usual Steve! That look as pretty as i remember from a couple years ago. :ride I will get back out there some day.
Bill :ride
 

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Ah yes Bill... I remember the images from your Colorado rides. Hope you can return soon. FWIW, I crossed Illinois summer of '07 on Hwy 136 and had a great time passing through the small country towns.
 

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lb2910... I used a Canon Powershot Pro1 and placed it in the "mountain" or "landscape" setting. I've been known to wait at a location for the sun to do its thing. Lighting is everything. Sometimes I want the sun, sometimes I want overcast, sometimes I want significant shade. A low sun is often very effective. I don't shoot towards the sun very often. Oh, sometimes it helps to take several digital pics at the same place so only the best is kept :lol8.

A few lighting examples.

Overcast...


As the sun was setting, partially behind a mountain behind me...


Towards the sun can be done...


A cold low sun!
 

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Nice photo essay good looking shots, more than one pic of the same place, that's what the pro's do.
 

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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

 

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Would note those bikes just above were in the barn several years ago but since sold. I violated a cardinal rule -- never sell a bike. Oh well, here's to them...

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Thanks for all the info sfarson.. and thanks for keeping the other thread focused. Apologizes all around. But those pics were pretty darn amazing. Looks like I might have to splurge on a new Canon!!!
 
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