How about a wildflower photography "outing" to Silver Dollar Lake near Georgetown/Guanella Pass?
(An "outing" is an informal excursion and great opportunity to meet other photographers in our area, make new friends, and share photography tips. It's not a "workshop" or "photo tour," so there are no fees, and no formal instruction. However, we always enjoy talking about our photography passion, so if you have questions or would like photography tips during the outing, please don't hesitate to ask.)
I've been looking for a good wildflower photography location within reasonable distance of Colorado Springs for a "day trip," and believe that Silver Dollar Lake would be a great location for a wildflower photography outing. Pamela Irwin describes this short hike in her book "Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes, the Front Range," as "a movable feast of nearly 100 wildflower species...short and scenic, culminating at a high-alpine lake." I have been looking for the opportunity to photograph columbine, and from her description in the book it sounds like there are several locations along the 1.5 mile stretch of trail where "cascades" of columbine can be photographed. The drive to the trailhead can be made in a 2-wheel drive vehicle, with the exception of the last mile, which requires a "high-clearance" 4-wheel drive vehicle. If needed, I can take up to 4 passengers for the last mile up to the trailhead.
Several of us are meeting in Colorado Springs to carpool to the trailhead, so please let me know if you are interested in joining us. We will need to leave Colorado Springs fairly early (on the road no later than 5:00 AM), and so I'll pick a convenient place for everyone to meet. If you are coming from Denver or somewhere north of Colorado Springs, just let me know and we'll make arrangements to meet at the trailhead.
Although this will be a fairly short hike (3 miles round trip), we will be at a relatively high altitude, so please plan accordingly. The trailhead starts at 11,200 feet, and climbs to 11,950 feet at Silver Dollar Lake. Please take plenty of water, snacks to eat along the trail, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses, a light windbreaker or rain gear, and decent hiking boots/shoes. (Oh, and your camera gear too!
) If your hiking boots aren't waterproof, it might be a good idea to bring along a spare pair of socks since we will be crossing a small creek and potentially walking through a few areas that are waterlogged from melting snow. Don't worry about being "too slow" for the group. I plan to photograph along the trail, and I'm sure we won't be moving along at a very fast pace. We'll want to plan our hike back down the mountain so that we are below tree line before any afternoon thunderstorms hit the area. If folks are interested, we can treat ourselves to a late lunch in Georgetown after the hike.
Please let me know if you are interested in joining us by responding to this thread, sending an email, or giving us a call at (719) 528-5492. If you do plan to join us, please provide a cell phone number so that we can give you a call to coordinate last minute meeting arrangements/contingencies.
Hope to see you there.
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