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Silvery and dramatic high altitude clouds

It was a pretty darned chilly evening around the campsite on the last day of September and in some ways I wanted to be inside. I could not however ignore the show unfolding outside. Wave clouds had setup over the mountain peaks to our east and they had this amazing silver color to them. I had hoped that sunset would color them orange but that never materialized. As is though, they were pretty awesome looking. Taken near Estes Park, Colorado.

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Dramatic clouds above Estes Park, Colorado as sunset approaches. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rainbow caps off the season’s camping

A nice little scene following an afternoon thunderstorm at our campsite in Estes Park, Colorado this past Friday. In the wake of the storm, the sun reappeared to the west and to the east a good-looking rainbow appeared. This weekend pretty much puts a wrap on our camping season which is always a bit of a bummer. We will be anxiously awaiting that first trip of the spring! Only six months to go or so. 😉

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fall thunderstorm brings a rainbow to Estes Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise illuminates one of the first high country snows of the season

For a brief time Sunday morning, the sun made a much desired appearance in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. About an inch of the white stuff had fallen overnight and the cold was keeping visitors away. That was perfectly fine with me as I got to enjoy an amazingly quiet and peaceful morning taking in this scene.

As the sun crested the horizon it illuminated Mount Audubon (right) and the adjacent peaks with its golden light. Low clouds clung to the mountaintops and bits of that gorgeous Colorado blue sky appeared.

Sunrise illuminates Mount Audubon and one of the first snows of the season.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise illuminates Mount Audubon and one of the first snows of the season. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pastel sunrise colors and a silhouetted mountain

I had hoped there would be a very large mammal in those waters when I visited Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. That was not to be and while the sunrise wasn’t anything particularly extraordinary, it was pretty nonetheless.

A pastel colored sunrise is reflected in the waters of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pastel colored sunrise is reflected in the waters of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

First look at the fall colors in Colorado’s high country

Taken along Old Fall River Road about half way between the base and top. In this particular area, it was a bit hit or miss (more miss really) as to finding fall foliage this past weekend. However, the higher you went, the better your chances.

Many locations, particularly those above 9,000 feet, in the state’s high country will peak this coming weekend. If you’re planning to view the show, this will be the primary weekend to do it – I know I will be up there!

If you are in the Centennial State and not sure where to go, I offer up some thoughts on my weather website here.

Fall colors make an appearance on Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall colors make an appearance on Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A sign of the change of seasons

Quite a day yesterday in Rocky Mountain National Park… Not long after I took this I was wanting to head back down to the east side of the park where we were camped but they closed Trail Ridge Road literally 30 seconds before I was there.

With the rest of my family down below and the rangers being unsure as to when the road would open, I ended up taking the long way around – a three and a half hour diversion. Ugh!

I reckon on the plus side for my readers is that I do have some cool pics to share this week. 😉

Smooth flowing waters of Chicago Creek

This is a spot that a lot of folks go by as they head up to Mount Evans, Colorado. I suspect many just blow right by and never even notice it but it is worth a quick stop. The waters of the creek flow down toward the road and early in the morning the thick forest provides for some nice lighting. Using a neutral density filter allowed me to use a very slow shutterspeed to blur the waters and give them their smooth appearance.

The waters of Chicago Creek work their way through the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

The waters of Chicago Creek work their way through the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

High country mountain lake sunrise

Well, my photography this weekend didn’t work quite as planned. I had expected to have a healthy dose of moose but as it turns out, they were nowhere to be found. However, I did arrive at my destination yesterday morning in time to catch this glorious beginning to the day.

The colors were awesome, the sun’s crepuscular rays draw attention to the show and the reflection looked quite nice. Now if only there had been a moose walking in that water I would have been much happier with the capture. 😉

A glorious sunrise over Brainard Lake in Colorado's Roosevelt National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

A glorious sunrise over Brainard Lake in Colorado’s Roosevelt National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Low clouds and fog at Shadow Mountain Lake

Heading into the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park a couple of weeks ago I was forced to make a fast stop as I saw this scene start to unfold. There had been a good bit of rain the previous evening so it was very moist which helped fog and low clouds develop at sunrise. That moisture in the atmosphere helped diffuse the light from the sun as it climbed over the mountains to the east. The golden orb shed its light on the landscape below creating this very beautiful, peaceful scene.

A golden sunrise over Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A golden sunrise over Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Famous barn in the shadows of the Tetons

It is tough to get an original shot of the oft-photographed barns on Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. Flickr says that this particular one is the most photographed barn in America and given the amazing landscape surrounding it, you can see why.

On the day I visited, I missed the best light of the morning and was too early for the evening but some dramatic skies helped liven (and soften) things up.

Built by T.A. Moulton in the early part of the 20th century, the barn is one of two and took Thomas Alma nearly 30 years to build. The area was settled in the late 1890s by Mormon homesteaders creating the community called Grovont.

The T.A. Moulton barn in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The T.A. Moulton barn in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (© Tony’s Takes)

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