Rocky Mountain Gold – Day 1 (Fort Collins to Lander)

This is the first full day of my latest photo shoot in USA.  The trip was arranged by Roger Reynolds of PhotoVentures. There are 10 of us from various parts of the United Kingdom, which should make for an interesting mix of accents.

The first leg of the shoot is primarily focused on Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. However, since our flight brought us into Denver we had overnighted in Fort Collins.

The journey between Fort Collins and Lander took us along Route 287 and is just over 293 miles with few photo opportunities. Nevertheless, we did manage to get a few shots of the wildlife along the way.

Big Horn Ram, Stonewall Creek, Colorado

Pronghorn Antelope, Sweetwater Station, Wyoming

We arrived at Lander late afternoon and after checking in to our motel we quickly headed up into the mountains. Our destination for the evening was the old mining towns of Atlantic City and South Pass City. Along the way we came across lots of golden Aspens.

Autumn Gold 1, Atlantic City, Wyoming

Autumn Gold 2, Atlantic City, Wyoming

Autumn Gold, Atlantic City, Wyoming

As we travelled between Atlantic City and South Pass City we came across an old mine works. While not my normal subject matter I found the patterns and colours sufficiently interesting to warrant a few dozen shots.

Mine Workhouse, South Pass City, Wyoming

Over the next two weeks I hope to post a small selection of photos from each days photography.

** Disclaimer** Above images are quick previews specifically for this blog so that friends and family can see how I’m getting on.

My intention is to keep editing to a minimum. Unless I mention otherwise the images will be edited using the recently released Adobe Lightroom 3.5 with only limited work in Photoshop CS5, should it be necessary.