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“Ordinary” sunrise reflections

The early morning show this past Saturday was relatively pedestrian as far as sunrises go on the Colorado plains. The views are often extraordinary with the orange stretching from the horizon to above your head.

On this morning, there weren’t many clouds to be lit up so the effect of the rising sun was somewhat limited. To help compensate for that, I opted for a nice foreground. The reflection on the waters of the lake, while not glass smooth did provide a nice accent below the horizon to what was above.

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Sunrise reflections on a lake near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Autumn sunrise through the trees

The leaves are all gone and we are well into fall now. This time of year often brings some absolutely gorgeous scenes at the start and end of the day. A couple weeks ago, there weren’t many clouds for the rising sun to illuminate so I opted for a more close in view. The orange sky at the horizon, the blue above and the amber grasses just getting illuminated were beautiful.

The sun rises above the horizon on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun rises above the horizon on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The setting moon at sunrise

The setting moon at sunrise. A very pretty scene this past Saturday. As the sun rose in the east and cast its warming rays on the landscape, to the west, everything was aglow and a setting near-full moon dotted those beautiful blue skies. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

As the sunrise illuminates the landscape, the full moon sets in the west. (© Tony’s Takes)

As the sunrise illuminates the landscape, the full moon sets in the west. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fog shrouded sunrise

A crazy cool scene this morning. Blue skies started things off and then this thick fog rolled in limiting visibility to 30 feet at times. It made for some pretty cool scenes to say the least. Here, it is thick enough that the sun looked like a pale circle on the horizon. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Fog shrouds the horizon not long after sunrise on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fog shrouds the horizon not long after sunrise on the Colorado plains. (© 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)

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)