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The red sun of Krypton

Fans of Superman will get the reference there. 😉

As I mentioned yesterday, the last few days have seen our normally clear, blue Colorado skies obscured with smoke from wildfires in Oregon and Montana. Yesterday morning as I arrived at my photo destination right at sunrise, I couldn’t help but take note of the rather odd coloring of the sun.

The smoke gave it distinctive red coloring and the light was so filtered, I was able to shoot directly at it without any sort of filter. There were even a few sunspots easily visible. Kind of cool but also kind of eerie.

Haze and smoke from wildfires in the western United States colors the rising sun in red. (© Tony’s Takes)

Haze and smoke from wildfires in the western United States colors the rising sun in red. (© Tony’s Takes)

A smoky sunrise at high altitude

A lack of clouds typically doesn’t make for a nice sunrise but (for better and worse) smoke from wildfires in neighboring states helps. Below the 14,000 foot elevation I was at atop Mount Evans, Colorado, the smoke blanketed the landscape giving nice colors to the rising sun.

For these images I experimented with stacking three bracketed images for each one allowing for a wider dynamic range. This is my first attempt at doing this and think they didn’t come out too bad. Taken yesterday morning with my new Canon 6D Mark II.

Sunrise atop Colorado's Mount Evans with a smoky horizon in the distance. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise atop Colorado’s Mount Evans with a smoky horizon in the distance. (© 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)

Soft sunrise colors along the Colorado Front Range

Looking to the east, sunrise this morning really wasn’t anything too extraordinary. Turning around though provided a rather pleasant view as the rising sun lit of the clouds in pastels. Below, the Rocky Mountains and a corn field. Taken in Boulder County.

Sunrise paints the clouds in pastel colors to the north and west along the Colorado Front Range. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise paints the clouds in pastel colors to the north and west along the Colorado Front Range. (© Tony’s Takes)

Landscape frames the sunrise

I was pretty focused (pun intended) on critter photography on the morning this image was taken. However, as I headed toward my target area, the unfolding scene to the east commanded my attention. It was clear it was going to be a typical gorgeous show on the plains of Colorado so I quickly sought out a spot from which to capture it.

This particular location is one of my favorites for sunrises as it gives a nice view to the east plus some interesting objects in the foreground. For this image, I used a wide angle capturing not only the reflection on the water but also the trees to the sides and the grasses below. All of the elements created a nice, natural frame around that colorful view in the distance.

Trees and grasses frame a gorgeous sunrise on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Trees and grasses frame a gorgeous sunrise on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A sunrise that mandated attention

Out on my photo drive on Independence Day I was forced to stop looking for wildlife and instead take in this gorgeous scene unfolding as the sun began to rise. The deep orange of the rising sun coupled with the reflection on Lake Ladora below and the crepuscular rays in the sky above were amazing. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

Crepuscular rays emanate from the sunrise on the plains of Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Crepuscular rays emanate from the sunrise on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The golden road

Taken last weekend, the sun was extraordinarily orange, likely due to haze in the skies from wildfires burning to Colorado’s west. It was amazing how it lit up the sky above and the landscape below.

The sunrise paints the sky, landscape and road in blazing orange on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

The sunrise paints the sky, landscape and road in blazing orange on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise in suburbia

Lacking motivation to go far for photos one day last week, I made a last minute decision to stick close to home. That turned out to be a good thing as I was able to capture a gorgeous sunrise just a few miles from home. At the lower elevations of Colorado, stunning sunrises and sunsets are more common than not and it is easy to take them for granted.

Sunrise in the suburbs north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise in the suburbs north of Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A glorious view top to bottom

Boy, I could almost flip this image and you wouldn’t know. That sunrise reflection on the water is pretty darned close to a perfect mirror of what lies above. Last week I took a day off to go do some critter viewing. That part of the day did not go so well as once the sun rose it was overcast and animals were elusive.

However, the one saving grace was the way the day started – with this amazing scene on Colorado’s Great Plains. That was topped by the fact I was with my photo buddy, my son, who made sure to remind me when we were viewing this to put the camera down for a while and just take the scene in. A wise young man he is.

A fantastic sunrise above reflects on calm lake water below. (© Tony’s Takes)

A fantastic sunrise above reflects on calm lake water below. (© Tony’s Takes)

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