Taken a couple weeks ago, a bit early for “prime time” fall foliage but still a pretty view from Horseshoe Park.
At 14,259 feet high, Longs Peak is probably one of the most famous mountains in Colorado. It is the farthest north fourteener in the Rocky Mountains and can be seen from hundreds of miles away.
Named for Major Stephen Harriman Long, the first European explorer to record seeing the peak (1820), it is a central feature in Rocky Mountain National Park and indeed all of northern Colorado.
I snapped this image of this incredible mountain yesterday morning from the Moraine Park area as low clouds hung over the mountain. There was definitely (finally!) a fall-like feel with crisp, cool temperatures, the leaves on the trees changing and the sound of elk bugling.
Everyone is well aware of the devastating wildfires that have hit the western United States in recent weeks. Here in Colorado, we have had five major blazes, two of which have entered the record books as some of the largest in state history (one being the largest now).
The smoke from the blazes has oftentimes blanketed us in a red / orange haze with the smoke and smell carrying far from the fires. We did receive a much-needed bit of snow this past week and that has settled the fires down some. However, warm, dry weather returns this week and that is worrisome.
Taken last weekend, I sure hope this pic is one of the last “smoky sunrise” shots I take for a long while. I fear though that may not be the case.
Taken one week ago when the smoke from wildfires in Colorado seemed to be at its height. Stepping outside that morning, the smell of the smoke was unmistakable and the sky thick with haze.
As the sun crested over the rugged terrain to the east, by this time on a normal morning it would have been very bright, the skies blue. That, as you can see, was not the case at all.
The landscape was instead bathed in an eerie orange and red light that was far more subdued in intensity than what it normally would be. Certainly we would prefer not to have the fires and the smoke but they do make for some interesting scenes.
A pretty cool capture but, of course, the conditions that made it cool are not.
Much of summer here in Colorado was exceedingly dry and over the past few weeks, nary a drop of rain has fallen. Topping it off, we have been seeing record-setting heat. Those conditions set the stage for wildfires in the high country.
As of right now, we have four major blazes going, one of which is now the second largest in state history and will likely take over the number one spot before it is out. It is sad to see so much of our precious forests burnt but, the smoke from them has created some pretty amazing sunrises and sunsets.
Last weekend I closed out the day northeast of Denver, watching the setting sun. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky but as the sun went below the horizon, the mountains cast shadows onto the smoke while the sky was blaze orange. A neat scene, a sad reason for it.
A reminder to be sure to look ALL the way around when you are taking in the scenery.
Sunset to the west was gorgeous on this evening a couple weeks ago but the best show was in fact the other direction. As I was snapping pics to the west, I looked behind me to find this view.
The setting sun had colored the clouds to the east in pastel shades of red and orange. It was absolutely gorgeous and, in fact, better than the view toward sunset.
I shared a preview of this pic last week on social media showing my daughter and I enjoying the view – and the reason we interrupted dinner. 😉 Here is the final result of what we were watching.
A passing thunderstorm brought a quick shower that intensified as it went past us. Behind us, the sun was shining helping to create a double rainbow with dramatic skies of the storm. Truly a beautiful scene!
Now this is a great way to start the day. Taken a couple of weekends ago on a camping trip in Roosevelt National Forest. I slept in a bit and when I got outside I was greeted by a gorgeous show to the east.
I quickly grabbed my camera and quickly hiked to the top of a nearby hill, trying to get a good vantage point. There were more trees in the way than I would have liked but it was still beautiful and worthy of sharing.
A throwback to one year ago today and, my goodness, looking at the pics just floods my mind with memories of what was an amazing trip to Alaska.
This is an image I haven’t shared previously, taken during a boating excursion into Kenai Fjords National Park. The scenery was nothing short of stunning from the battered rock formations to snow-covered mountains and glaciers. Just beautiful.
My wife and I spent the entire day outside, on the bow, just soaking it all in. Other than a few, brief periods of rain showers, we were pretty fortunate to enjoy nice weather and see everything you could hope for. Someone in the campground we were staying at had done the same excursion the day before and rain and clouds prevented them from seeing anything.
When up in the area near Steamboat Lake, Colorado a few weeks ago, my wife and I took a bit of a diversion. We happened across a random Forest Service road and decided to head up and see what we could find.
It was a gorgeous day for a drive in the mountains, disconnected and well away from other people. We eventually stopped to take a break and went for a beautiful hike through the forest, coming to this grove of aspen. Just us and the trees in the Rocky Mountains. Awesome!