A few photographs from Colorado taken between Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in south-eastern Colorado is a great place to visit in late winter, spring. The weather is cool enough to comfortably hike the dunes and the crowds are less intense. Here are a few photographs from the Dunes. I also went to the San Luis Lake State Park, which is a couple miles from the Dunes, just to photograph the milky way. It's a great place for night photography. Very dark. But the area near the lake is a preserve for nesting Water Fowl. So I did not get a chance to go to the lake sure to photograph the milky way reflecting in the lake.
There are plenty of places to photograph around Golden, Colorado. Lookout Mountain just to the West of the town, provides different photo ops based on the amount of snow and time of the day. The drive up the mountain during snowfall or fog is fantastic. Hikes from the Lookout Mountain provide a great view of the front range mountains to the west.
Another great place for hiking and photography is the North Table Mountain Park. Some wildlife on the mesa-top, panoramic views of the Flatirons or Denver metro area to the west and east respectively. The best spots for shooting Flatirons are unfortunately off-limits due to sensitive vegetation.
I wanted to hike more in the Rocky Mountain National Park this winter. But actually got just one chance to go there. I think Bear Lake area is probably the best to visit in winter, in terms of accessibility. Most of the lake in that area are iced over and trails are snow-packed. I am looking forward to go there once the snow starts melting.