CNP 2003 Fall Color Event
Pass (Lost Lake Campground)
26th - 28th
Leaves are changing, temperatures dropping and
photographers everywhere are stocking up on film and counting vacation
hours. This can only mean one thing: autumn has arrived. To commemorate
the event, Colorado Nature Photographers Network recently held a Fall
Color Outing at Kebler Pass, world renowned for its annual display of
colorful fall foliage.
The weekend started late on Friday evening as several CNP members met up
at the Lost Lake Campground. After deciding we’d rather spend our money on
film than outdoor accommodations, we caravanned to a near perfect campsite
found by the venerable Todd Caudle earlier in the day. Ah, dispersal
camping! The campsite provided plenty of room for several vehicles and a
few tents, but the key feature was the fire ring complete with firewood.
After a short session of introductions and some general planning, we all
turned in to our tents, trucks and SUV’s for a short slumber.
Dawn brought cool temperatures, a cloudless sky and the promise of
mirror-like reflections on Lost Lake, our first shooting destination of
the day. We quickly filled a small parking lot near the lake and set out
in search of some real estate for our tripods. As the sun crested the
horizon and began to bathe the peaks in warm light, the sound of shutters
clicking could be heard along the lakeshore. After milking the sunrise for
all it was worth, the group dispersed to spend the day shooting and
scouting other locations.
That evening, we re-grouped at the Horse Ranch parking lot to shoot the
sweet light of sunset. As the magic light quickly approached, one couldn’t
help but laugh at the ever-increasing line of photographers in the parking
lot! The scene resembled something you’d see on the sidelines of a
football game, not in the middle of the mountains. After the last shutter
whirred, we packed up and headed back to camp.
We all settled in and made dinner as Darren Kilgore stoked a campfire.
Unbeknownst to Darren, he is officially the “fire master” for all future
CNP outings. Circling the campfire, we had some interesting conversations,
downed a couple beers and ate enough cookies to keep Nabisco in business.
As the night wound down, we all retired to our makeshift beds for much
Sunday morning arrived earlier than wanted, but somehow most of us managed
to crawl out of our sleeping bags and make our way to various locations
for a sunrise shoot. Later that afternoon, we each went our separate ways
and either returned home or headed off to other areas of the state in
search of more golden leaves.
In all, our group consisted of ten photographers with a wide range of
experience and shooting styles. The group dynamic was exceptional, with
everyone enjoying the company of our fellow photographers and happily
sharing wisdom, jokes and Chips Ahoy cookies. Todd provided everyone from
the group with a 2004 Engagement Calendar and Brent Doerzman handed out
$25 Qube Visual gift cards.
Thanks to all who attended, the CNP Fall Color Outing was a huge success.
I really enjoyed meeting everyone, and look forward to seeing you all
again in the near future!