This date is pretty simple. Grab your cameras, and go somewhere pretty. Joining me on this date was the talented Jessie Skirball. The location for the date was Red Feather Lakes, which is about an hour north from Fort Collins. The cameras we used were a combination of our Cannon DSLRs and iPhones to prove that this is a date for anyone, no matter the quality of camera.
Before we departed for Red Feather we needed to pick up some vital supplies (a.k.a a couple of infamous sandwiches from Pickle Barrel).
Photo by Eric Forbes. Jessie Skirball walking into Pickle Barrel for the first time.
Photo by Eric Forbes. After going through the extensive menu at Pickle Barrel Skirball makes her custom order.
Photo by Eric Forbes. Skirball excitedly pointing out the finer details of Pickle Barrel’s elaborate mural of Old Town “I thought that the inside was really cool. I loved the wall mural.”
Photo by Eric Forbes. My order was the delicious BLT.
Photo by Eric Forbes. Skirball’s sandwich consisted of spouts, tomato, lettuce, avocado, and turkey. “The sandwich was pretty tasty.”
With that settled, we started our scenic drive. When we arrived to Red Feather Lakes, the sun was shinning and there was a cool crispness to the air. We ditched the car and headed into the beauty surrounding us.
Photo by Eric Forbes. We arrived at Red Feather with promising signs for a beautiful sunset. Photo taken with an iPhone X.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. There were beautiful sites all around us.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. One of the coolest photos of the shoot; the puddle reflecting the sky above.
Photo by Eric Forbes. The pretty views continued to appear around us.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. While Skirball took this picture her camera moved slightly creating an interesting motion effect.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. Trees are always a great subject to photograph.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. There was some snow on the ground on our hike but not much.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. It is amazing how there can be things so green next to snow pack.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. On our journey this downed log really caught the eye with its worn and textured look.
Photo by Eric Forbes. Skirball looks up at the sky as she takes in all the beauty around her.
Photo by Jessie Skirball. This photo was taken with Skirball’s iPhone 6+, showing that great results can come from your phone.
Everything was quite pleasant out, and then came the snow!
We hurried back to car after the surprise snow storm to warm up and eat our sandwiches as we reflected on the unexpected adventure we had just embarked upon. That is the beauty of a date like this; you are going out into wilderness, and from there anything can happen!
Her Take: “Overall it was a very adventurous, exciting, and fun night . . . Great idea, and it’s just fun because you can just get pictures of the other person you are with . . . I thought it was really fun because you know if it’s an unexpected turn then it’s all the better. I thought it was fun, I enjoyed the random snow storm.”