This photo comes from the same set taken along Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, a 24-mile stretch of bumpy dirt road running from the small town of Grant on U.S. 285 to Georgetown off I-70. At an elevation reaching 11,669-feet, the pass takes you between Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt, two of Colorado’s Fourteeners (peaks that climb to 14,000 feet).
Guanella Pass offered up gorgeous views and the odd mix of 55 degree weather while surrounded by snow capped peaks, half-frozen creeks, and a quiet you can only get in the wild.
Speaking of half-frozen creeks – this one was pretty cool. I was about to take some photos, when I noticed how the trees were all bendy along the edge:
You can see in the picture, that the other trees are straight and tall – only the ones right there on the edge are bowed out and bent.
Here’s a closeup of the creek. Notice that there’s solid ice on the surface, but the water is rushing through beneath:
This area was so quiet, so peaceful, the only sound was the rushing of the water…