The colors of bacteria in hot springs. Taken at West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park yesterday. The orange area is actual bacteria growth which is pretty amazing given that the clear, blue water is actually at a temperature of over 200 degrees F.
Sunsets on the Great Plains are oftentimes exercises in amazement. The color of the dark, blue skies above coupled with the oranges, pinks and reds near the horizon provide for stunning viewing. On this particular evening, Mother Nature put on quite a colorful show not only looking west as seen here, but in just about every direction. Truly beautiful.
Taken in northeastern Colorado on Saturday morning (May 31). Blue sky with low lying fog made for a very warm scene.
I went to Fort Logan National Cemetery this morning to see my dad as well as thousands of others of our nation’s heroes. Memorial Day is, in my opinion, one of the most important holidays in the United States.
So many have served and sacrificed for this great nation. My dad, my uncles, my nieces and nephews and I have all proudly worn our nation’s uniforms.
We all have come home. So many do not. It is for these men and women, those who gave that ‘last full measure of devotion’ that Memorial Day is for.
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Yesterday brought severe weather to the Denver area, including a few tornadoes. Today the weather was still interesting but far less violent. The skies were nevertheless pretty cool looking.
Taken early yesterday morning in Longmont, Colorado as the sun was rising. Looking to the west, Longs Peak was starting to be bathed in filtered sunlight while fog hovered close to the ground at lower altitudes.
This image, ‘wild light’, was taken at sunset near Loveland, Colorado. As always the colors were absolutely stunning as the sun went down behind the Rocky Mountains.
What is equally cool is the clouds – notice their iridescence.
Cloud iridescence is caused by clouds (usually cirrus clouds like these) that have small water droplets or ice crystals in them causing the light to be diffracted, or spread out. The phenomena is much like the rainbow colors seen with oil in water.
Taken this past Saturday in Rocky Mountain National Park from a spot on Trail Ridge Road. The monstrous lenticular cloud was hovering over 14,259′ tall Longs Peak. The mountain is one of 54 “14ers” in Colorado and was first ascended in 1868 by John Wesley Powell.
I rarely use my cell phone to take pictures and virtually never do when it comes to capturing something as gorgeous as Colorado sunsets. This time though I made an exception and decided it was a good opportunity to play with a new cell phone and an app.
The sunset was beautiful on this evening as is often the case. As the sun descended on the horizon, the clouds to the south took on a gorgeous orange color. I snapped a picture using my Galaxy S4 and then applied a ‘fake’ HDR effect using an app called Snapseed.
The effect was a relatively passable HDR-like image that looks pretty cool.