When the mercury is sitting right near zero degrees, you welcome any warmth you can get. Such was the case on this bone-chilling cold morning a few days ago. The sun was just rising over the horizon and while it didn’t do much to raise the temperature, I was sure happy to see it.
My travels this year were largely confined to Colorado but that is not necessarily a bad thing. From the mountains to the prairies, our scenery here is second to none and provides fantastic photo opportunities no matter where you are. These are my favorite landscape captures from the past year. Best viewed full screen.
Holy moly we do get some stunning sunrises here in Colorado. Yesterday morning Mother Nature put on a very nice show. As the sun started to shed its light, you knew it was going to be a good one. Later phases lit up the entire sky but initially, I was most struck by the purples and reds hitting the clouds that looking like paintbrush strokes close to the horizon. Wow!
Kind of a different image than what you normally see from me. While watching sunrise recently I saw this airliner cruising along over eastern Colorado. The rising sun lit up its contrail, making for kind of a neat capture.
An absolutely beautiful morning here on the Colorado plains. Things got started in fine fashion with a beautiful sunrise. My chosen spot was at a frozen pond that provided a nice reflection of the action in the sky. Above, the fire below then those cool, blue clouds.
It would appear winter is here. 😉
Jackson Lake State Park in Colorado was almost entirely frozen over this morning. It was a “balmy” 3 degrees when I took this shot but, oh my, so beautiful and quiet. I just sat there on the rocks watching the sun rise over the horizon and taking it all in. I love the Great Plains!
An absolutely gorgeous morning yesterday along the Colorado Front Range. While we enjoyed a quiet morning, our mountains were once again getting pounded by snow. There weren’t many clouds to the east where the sun was rising but to the west, the storm had settled in over the high country. The pastel colored clouds with the setting moon and even a couple of deer made for a nice scene.
Quite a beautiful scene at Rocky Mountain National Park’s Sprague lake this past Saturday morning. I loved the silhouetted mountains and trees with the beautiful sky above reflected on the water’s surface below.
The heck of it, this image could have been much nicer – had a arrived 10 minutes earlier. I could see the morning show was going to be amazing and I was trying my best to hurry up and get in position. Unfortunately, slow moving vehicles in the park delayed me along the entire route. I was going nuts watching what I was missing while I was driving but it was not to be.
Nevertheless, the later part of the sunrise was still pretty good.
I am back from a fantastic weekend of camping in Colorado’s high country and have lots of pics to share. First of them is one I took this morning. I was almost entirely focused on some wildlife to my west. Thankfully I turned around and saw the gorgeous light show at sunrise that was happening to the east.
I’ve been seeing tons of these beautiful flowers across the Great Plains lately and last weekend made sure to capture some pics of them. This image is probably my favorite of the bunch. As the sun rose it illuminated the petals of the flowers making them seem to glow. Image available here.