Oh my goodness! I was trying to pay attention to the Denver Broncos game but found myself distracted by this scene outside. Sunsets here in the colder months just crank things up a notch. The wind aloft creates insane cloud formations and then you throw in that orange and blue, well, you have a stunning show like this.
Now that’s a sunset, eh? Sunflowers below, storm clouds with virga above and those Rocky Mountains dominating the horizon in the distance.
I was flipping through some recent pics and came across this one taken at the end of August that I hadn’t shared yet.
I was at this spot east of Denver, Colorado primarily to photograph the sunflowers but soon I became focused on also capturing the gathering storm clouds. They didn’t produce much but they did definitely add drama to the scene.
As my daughter and I headed home after an evening watching owls, I looked in the rear view to see a beautiful scene unfolding. We quickly pulled over at a local open space park and ran to get ourselves into position to capture the show.
The orange sunset colored the waters of the pond and above, dramatic clouds topped things off. In between the sun just dropping below those gorgeous, snow-capped Rocky Mountains. Definitely a great way to end the day!
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.
If you want gorgeous sunsets, you will get a lot of bang for your buck out on Colorado’s eastern plains in the summer. More so than the higher elevations of the Centennial State, you will find yourself treated with a show. Such was the case on this evening back at the end of June at North Sterling State Park. A brief walk from our campsite gave us a clear view of the setting sun as the rays of light shined across the clouds. Just gorgeous!
I keep saying I need to fly my drone more often and with some spare time last night I finally did. Mother Nature put on a nice view from up there too. 😉
One of the benefits in camping at this spot is that stunning scenery is only a short walk away and when Mother Nature does her thing, the show is awesome. On this evening, the clouds just above the mountains were lit up brilliant orange giving the sunset a nice color. However, I actually came away liking my black and white presentations of the show better. Taken at Brainard Lake in Colorado.
I think this image would look awesome on your wall! 😉 Image available here.
You would be hard-pressed to find more consistently beautiful sunrises and sunsets than you do in eastern Colorado. The terrain may be a bit flat but it is beautiful in its own right, particularly at the start and end of the day.
This view unfolded before us last week at North Sterling State Park. The golden orb bathed the water of the lake and the landscape in orange and those crepuscular rays shooting into the cloud cover were amazing to see.
Winter sunsets and sunrises here in Colorado are oftentimes pretty darned amazing. For the late day shows, we oftentimes have wave clouds and lenticular clouds above. These almost alien looking clouds look cool any time but throw in the colored rays of the setting sun and the view is jaw-dropping. Such was the case this past Friday evening. From my home I don’t have a clear view to the west so instead I zoomed in and focused on some of the more interesting shapes.
From high altitude mountain scenes to the relatively flat Great Plains, my travels this year allowed me to view and capture a wide variety of scenery.
For the most part I stuck relatively close to home in Colorado other than a late spring trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. Nevertheless, I was able to take in the splendor of a wide variety of scenes, each one of which I am extremely grateful for having been able to witness.