Trip Reports: Columbine Lake, San Juans, Colorado - September 2006

This weekend I met fellow photographers Momo Vuyisich and his buddy Csaba for an overnight backpacking trip to Columbine Lake, in the San Juans near Silverton. The recent snowfalls, high elevation, and unsettled weather made for a chilly but spectacular trip.

This was the first backpacking trip I've taken my new Fujifilm F30 digital camera on, and I had a blast experimenting and snapping away. This pocket camera is the perfect compliment to my 4x5 large format film camera - lightweight, and great for macro shots and quick grabs.

yellow flowers, Colorado, photo

Summer's Almost Gone

drooping yellow flowers. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Columbine Lake, Lookout Peak, San Juans, photo

Columbine Lake

Lookout Peak (13,661 ft.) above the brilliant blue water of Columbine Lake. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

San Juans, photo

Misty Tundra

photographers in the mountains, photo
Sultan Mountain, Grenadier Range, Silverton, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Sultan Mountain

Sultan Mountain (13,368 ft) on the left, Bear Mountain (12,987 ft.) at high right, the Needle Mountains in the distant shadows, and the Grenadier Range in the left distance.  As seen from almost 13,000 feet, above Silverton, after as a September snow storm cleared. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.