It was the final “you pick” weekend at Orchard Creek Ranch in Canyon Creek. Apple pickers had a choice between three varieties of apples: Jonathan, Rome and Double Red delicious. Outside of the orchard the ranch also sells apple cider, CBD products, and honey from bees on site. These products can be purchased online at orchardcreekranch.com.
1 – Integrate lakes, ponds, rivers or creeks in photos to add an extra feature to the image. Use reflection in water if possible.
2 – Shoot during the golden hour just before sunset.
3 – Look for contrast in yellow aspen leaves and green pine trees.
4 – Take close-up detail shots on leaves.
5 – Take advantage of overcast and cloudy days.
– Chelsea Self, Post Independent photographer
The Grizzly Creek Fire ignited Aug. 10 and fiercely tore through Glenwood Canyon and into the Grizzly Creek drainage. Just weeks after the fire swept through the area, charred trees and piles of ash sit scattered all along the trail. But beneath the ash new life is already forming. Small sprouts of new vegetation have begun to push through the burnt remains of old plants and new life is taking over.
Post Independent visual journalist Chelsea Self took to the sky with nonprofit EcoFlight based out of Aspen on Monday to capture photos of the Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch Fires as they continue to burn.
The Grizzly Creek Fire grew on Monday to 32,060 acres, and is now 44% contained, according to a Tuesday morning press release. While the Pine Gulch Fire in Western Garfield County was at 133,999 acres and is at 47% containment.
Editor’s note: The Post Independent worked on this project with other news agencies and Aspen-based nonprofit EcoFlight, which educates and advocates for the protection of remaining wildlands and wildlife habitat using small aircraft. For more information, go to ecoflight.org.
Here are a few of my favorite photos of my tenure at the Citizen Telegram; see postindependent.com for more images.