The Aspen Express

When I set off for Colorado nearly a week ago, I went with the intentions of getting some awesome landscape shots to add to my catalog.  What happened instead is that I ended up spending two days chasing trains with my dad (It’s one of his favorite activities) and getting some really nice railroad images.

This picture is on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway that runs between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO.  They run one passenger excursion each direction every day – and they always sell out during the fall because it’s an unbelievably scenic route.  We were lucky enough to be there during the peak color for the Aspen trees – and the bright yellow is really beautiful.

To get this picture, we had to hike about a mile at over 10,000 feet to a place called Windy Point.  It’s a horribly exposed curve high on a steep rocky point – and there is no way to get a good shot there other than hike for it.  We made it with about 5 minutes to spare – just enough time to scout out the best angle to get the train, the aspen, and the rocks composed where I wanted them.  Once the train went by, we were able to hop a ride on the maintenance vehicle that follows the train putting out brush fires.

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