(Photos of Snowfall at Cottonwood Pass, CO - September 12, 2008)
I was out of bed at 5:30 a.m. to
photograph the sunrise
only to realize much of
the sky was covered in thick gray clouds. Around 7 a.m.,
it began to rain with temperatures in the 40's in
which is a likely sign that any precipitation in the mountains would likely be snow.
I immediately drove west toward
Cottonwood Pass at 12,000+ feet in altitude! :)
Adjacent is snow in a forested area.
Snow gently covers a wooden fence.
Snow comes down hard on a creek.
I did my best to capture the stark contrast of gray sky,
deep green pine trees and fluffy white snow on its branches.
Bottom Photo: The view of Chaffee County Road 306 from where I stood for
the photo above.
Not the greatest driving conditions, but this is Colorado and I
am sure skiers and the nearby ski resorts are happy about this!
Arrival at Cottonwood Pass, altitude 12,126 feet and situated on the Continental Divide.
It was a snowy, wintery wonderland up there! :)
The views of the mountains are spectacular here, but not on this
morning. (A small pool of water can be seen in the foreground.)
Three views of the road I had driven up to reach this spot.