Brilliant sunset light on Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain. It was incredible to be in this location and watch the light change over the course of an hour as the sun sank to the horizon.
Soft sunset light on Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain.
Late afternoon light and clouds around Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain.
This view has been on "my list" for more than 10 years. Its just never worked out, for one reason or another. This year I was determined to make it happen. And after hunkering down under a large spruce to wait out a 30 minute snow/sleet squall, I hiked up the final ridge 15 minutes before sunset. The panorama was even better than I'd envisioned, but the light was cloud-bound, dull and gray. Then as the sun began to set, it broke under the cloud layer spreading unimaginable light across the landscape.
I had 2 minutes to make images before the sun slipped below the horizon and low clouds. And everything faded back to gray. I was still awestruck as I packed up my gear, not wanting to leave the moment behind. But I eventually turned my back and dropped off the ridge into the wet, darkening forest.
I felt so lucky to have experienced such a magnificent scene, and happy to have an image to share and remember it by.
Aspens along Crystal Creek in the Grand Mesa - Uncompahgre - Gunnison National Forest
Scrub oak and aspens set the foreground for this expansive view of Chair Mountain.
Aspen among granite boulders along Hwy 92.