This was an area I have been wanting to explore for some time now. To begin my trip, I drove to Gunnison, Colorado and slept in my car waking up to ice frozen on my windshield and a bit cold. It was 5:00 a.m. as I started the car to warm up and scrape the windshield. I knew about a rock formation called "The Castles" and that I could get to a view of it on Ohio Creek Pass between Gunnison and Crested Butte. I headed to the pass and ventured up in the dark, not really knowing where the view would be. As I climbed up the winding dirt road...it became snow packed and I put my car in 4-wheel drive. I still couldn't see a thing in the dark and kept winding up the pass. I started to doubt where I was going and considered at several points of turning around. Finally, I came around a bend and saw three other photographers set up on the side of the road. I thought I must have found the right spot. I parked and set up my tripod with the other three. I decided to do a long exposure to see what was in front of me and when the image came up on my screen, I was elated. A spread of colorful aspens filled the valley below and across the span of aspens stood "The Castles" rock formation. About 15 minutes later a truck pulled up and the man rolled down his window and asked if we were having a workshop. We all replied "no" and he asked if he could join us, followed by introducing himself as John Fielder. What a surprise to shoot this scene side by side with Colorado Photographer John Fielder. It sure made my day and my trip.