Gateway Natural Area – Part I

Thursdays exploration included my brother’s family (which means my triplet nieces also).  I brought out the big gun (Canon 70-200mm f2.8L lens) this time to play around with.  It’s the first time that I’d taken it on the road since I got it in November – the horror!

This trip we went to the Poudre Canyon and the Gateway Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado.  It’s about an hour and 15 minutes from home.  It’s got fantastic picnic areas, and tons of grass for games and running around.  They even have a natural playground area, which is great for the little ones.

The sun was already pretty high in the sky, so the light was horrible. Ya want to know something that I recently realized?  That sunrise here in Colorado is 5:30am.  It doesn’t rise in Florida until 6:30am (where we used to live).  That means, I’d have to wake up even earlier to capture awesome images with the good light.  What I need to do is start camping again. Those were the beautiful early and late shots!  Also, most of my time out is with a group, and that doesn’t bode well for bringing a tripod.

Images are in order that they were shot.  All shots were experimental.

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One of my nieces and her other aunt.

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My brother and one of the girls.

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Pretty rough waters because of the recent rains that we’ve gotten, and the melting snow.

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All the trails are narrow.

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For some reason I just LOVE this shot!

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That’s one of the trails off to the right.

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Did we take the easy trail on the left? No. My brother, one of the girls and I, took the right trail.

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Playground

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Playground

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Playground

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On our way out, we saw this group getting ready to raft. Right down the road are a couple of places that rent rafts, kayaks, tubes, and canoe’s.

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A view towards the exit. You will miss the entrance if you’re not looking for it. It goes downhill, and the thing to look for is that large round-shaped building.

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On our way down from a trail, we saw a bunch of people walking, and some were carrying towels.  We were told that they were heading to the Reservoir.  It’s known for it’s cliff jumping.  We decided to go back Thursday to check it out and to have a picnic!

You can see Part II of our adventure at Gateway here.

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