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High Plains Drifter

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October 11, 2009

UTM Photo of the Month: October 2009

Filed under: Photography,UTM Updates — Mike U @ 5:20 pm

October 2009

Freshly fallen snow atop fall foliage

In the spirit of Autumn and the unusually cool and wintry October being experienced across the Rockies and adjacent Great Plains, I decided to pull an image out of the Mike Umscheid Photography vault from 4 years ago. I documented a rare, very early season snowstorm across the Front Range of the Rockies on October 10, 2005. This storm produced very heavy, wet snow accumulating 10 to 25″ around the Palmer Divide area. The storm caused fairly substantial tree damage and power outages, but some beauty also came out of it as well with fresh snow cover atop leaves in full color. Details of this image: Nikon D70 body, 31mm focal length (47mm virtual focal length), 1/800s @ f/8.0, ISO 400. Taken October 10, 2005 at 10:34am MDT in Castle Rock, Colorado


  1. Strong, pretty image here Mike!
    Crazy start to the cool season eh? You should check out some of Mike H’s photos from the Nebraska snow the last day or so. He’s got some fantastic images on his account of the event:

    Comment by Charles Dalton — October 11, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

  2. P.S. – When you coming to the Pac NW to shoot?

    Comment by Charles Dalton — October 11, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  3. Thanks Charles. Wow, my image looks like crap compared to Mike Hollingshead’s series of snow images from October 10th!~ Wow.. H is in a world of his own with his talent..

    Comment by Mike U — October 11, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

  4. Yea…Mike gotz skillz!
    Sorry…I wasn’t trying to direct attention away from your site. I just thought you’d like those. He should upgrade his camera gear. I’d love to see those shots come off a full frame camera.

    Anyway, those shots of his are some of the more unique fall foliage shots I think I’ve seen. Great colors, and excellent compositions.

    P.S. – Your image doesn’t look like crap.

    Comment by Charles Dalton — October 11, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

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