Above The Dolores River

Dolores River Valley, San Miguel County, Colorado.

Dolores River Valley, San Miguel County, Colorado.

April in southwest Colorado. Somewhere along the eastern edge of the high desert Colorado Plateau, below the Rocky Mountains. San Miguel County, in fact.

The Dolores River, these days emasculated by the dam that impounds McPhee Reservoir way upstream, down here gets a massive transfusion from the lovely San Miguel River. This photo is a few miles downstream of their confluence, their muddy and clear waters still morphed into something in between. Good trout fishing waters, I’m told.

Clear, crisp mountain air. Mighty layers of reddish sandstone opened by the ever restless waters downcutting through them. The bright green foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs along the waterway. Deep blue sky and bright cumulus clouds. Almost no one around.

Close enough to perfect.

Photo location: San Miguel County, Colorado.

© 2015 Stephen J. Krieg

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