panoply of panoramas
Prior to departing the United States, we did a tiny bit of travel. S took Munchkin up to Maine for her family’s annual trip to Deer Isle. D, meanwhile, flew out to Colorado to celebrate the Fourth of July with a short camping trip. In the scramble of packing, moving, and resettling, we have had scant time to look at the pictures from those trips, and D just now has gotten around to sorting some of them. The landscapes in Colorado were so stunning that one picture usually failed to do the scenery justice, so D made a lot of panorama shots.
D and his friend lucked into a campsite at the Little Molas Lake Campground, in more ways than one. The campground is first come, first served, and D was shocked to find an untaken spot during one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year. It was the last available site at the campground, and it offered the above rainbow view. Talk about hitting the jackpot!
There are many stellar hikes in the Silverton/Ouray area of Colorado, and of these the ice lakes is one of the best. Good weather all the way up, but a hailstorm caught D and his friend just as they reached the lake, ruining their lunch plan. Hail in the middle of the summer? Par for the course at this altitude.
With the mountains still sporting some snow cover, the verdant alpine trails featured plenty of waterfalls and wildflowers.
Hiking in the mountains means that the views on the way up are usually at least as spectacular as the scenery at one’s final destination.
Highland Mary lakes, pictured below, is another staple of the Silverton hiking circuit. The trail is not long, but D and his friend stayed in Silverton for the colorful Fourth of July parade, and got a late start. The rains typically come in the late afternoon, and it was gray and cloudy at the lakes, but the storm largely bypassed Highland Mary’s that afternoon.
The photograph below does not have the look of a panorama, but it is actually four separate images that D stitched together and cropped around the edges. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison falls over 2,000 feet at this point – a mind-numbing altitude drop that is nearly impossible to capture in just one frame.
And, of course, no post about Colorado could be complete without a photograph of the Rocky Mountains.
A few of these were taken with the iPhone on its panorama setting (no filters), the others stitched together from photos taken with our D7000. The iPhone holds up surprisingly well, though of course the colors pop a bit more with an actual camera. See if you can spot the difference.