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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Pumpkin Season in the Rockies

October 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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Almost exactly eight years ago I got my first glorious view of the pumpkin patch at Rock Creek Farm with the Rocky Mountains in the background. But I had just got my first DSLR camera and have never been pleased with that photograph.

Photography rewards patience, persistence, and knowing both the place and the equipment. Now that I know the place and my camera better, I have been returning to the scene every year in hopes of getting a shot that would please me. I was rewarded today with a clear and calm morning offering a stunning view of Longs Peak, at 14,259 feet the highest mountain in northern Colorado, covered with the first snow of the season there after four days of rain and overcast skies here.

A Pumpkin Patch

A Pumpkin Patch

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​Still Ripening

Still Ripening

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Three Ripe Ones

Three Ripe Ones

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Then, when I looked up I saw that the hot-air balloons were afloat. This clear and calm day was perfect for them. Fall is the best time for ballooning here, like my experience in 2008. Today I saw two of the balloons with what I guess is a flying pumpkin, which was of course lower than the balloons, because pumpkins are heavier.

Two Hot-Air Balloons and a Flying Pumpkin

Two Hot-Air Balloons and a Flying Pumpkin

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Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm is one of my favorite places in Boulder County to hike. The county quite rightly calls it “an oasis of calm in midst of urban life” offering “tranquil beauty in the Great Plains.” I go there often to get my nature fix, and I certainly got recharged there this morning.

Next year I will try for even better photographs. But today was worth the eight year wait.


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  • 1 Trevor Young // Nov 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks again David for your efforts on all our behalf!! The beautiful photographs are a pleasant bonus. Pumpkins and snow!!

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