Evening Finale-Sunset Panorama from Crested Butte

    Dorothy Peak, Avery Peak, Crested Butte, and Gothic Mountain are lit by sunlight streaming through glowing clouds at sunset in this panoramic springtime scene looking down the East River Valley outside of Crested Butte, Colorado.
    Dorothy Peak, Avery Peak, Crested Butte, and Gothic Mountain are lit by sunlight streaming through glowing clouds at sunset in this panoramic springtime scene looking down the East River Valley outside of Crested Butte, Colorado.

    I was looking back at my images from the past springs, while planning for this year, when I ran across this this panoramic series of a dramatic sunset outside of Crested Butte, Colorado. I remember it well. I was camped not more than a couple of hundred yards from this location.

    As sunset drew near, I packed up my gear and headed out into the meadow to find my spot to shoot from. There were only spotty clouds in the sky, but soon they began to build. It all happened quickly and soon the sky was filled with clouds. Rays from the setting sun somehow managed to shine through and light up all the peaks. This was one of those shots you only get a couple of times in your lifetime and I was grateful to be in the right place at the right time.

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    Evening Tranquility in the Desert-Arches National Park Panorama

    The setting sun casts late day shadows on the Garden of Eden rock formations and illuminates a towering cloud formation above it as well as the distant snow-covered La Sal Mountains in Arches National Park, Utah.
    The setting sun casts late day shadows on the Garden of Eden rock formations and illuminates a towering cloud formation above it as well as the distant snow-covered La Sal Mountains in Arches National Park, Utah.

    I have lots of images that I have taken over the years that have never been processed and seen the light of day. I think it is about time that I start digging some of them up and posting them while I have time!

    This panoramic image is from a month-long trip I took out to the Pacific Northwest back in 2013. My first stop after leaving Buena Vista was to stop for the night in Moab, Utah and I got there with enough time to head out to Arches National Park. I have been to the park many times before, but don’t ever remember shooting from this spot. The overlook is aptly named …continue reading…

    Fleeting Finale-Sunset at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai

    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.

    One very popular area of Kauai is in the southeast corner of the island around Poipu Beach. The majority of the resorts are strung along the shoreline and there is a steady flow of tourists coming and going throughout the day. A major attraction close by is Poipu Beach Park, a nicely developed area with a long beautiful beach on one side and Brennecke’s Beach on the other, popular with boogie boarders. Straddled between the two is an area lined with volcanic rock. (more…)

    Seaside Tranquility-Sunset on Poipu Beach in Kauai

    A lone palm tree is silhouetted against an orange sunset sky at the Poipu Beach Park in southern Kauai, Hawaii.
    A lone palm tree is silhouetted against an orange sunset sky at the Poipu Beach Park in southern Kauai, Hawaii.

    I had enough time to sneak away to the island of Kauai earlier this month. It was my first trip to the Hawaiian Islands and the timing couldn’t have been better. It was 57 degrees the afternoon I drove down to Denver and when my flight left the next morning it was 7 degrees. Quite a change. Needless to say, the weather was quite nicer in Kauai by the time I landed! (more…)

    Heavenly Crescendo-Sunset at Hidden Lake in Glacier National Park

    The clouds turn pink and a shaft of light paints the mountains red behind Bearhat Mountain and Hidden Lake as the sun sets high in Glacier National Park, Montana.
    The clouds turn pink and a shaft of light paints the mountains red behind Bearhat Mountain and Hidden Lake as the sun sets high in Glacier National Park, Montana.

    This shot is the culmination of one of the most amazing days I have had photographing landscapes. It isn’t often that all the conditions come together for a great shot. There are so many variables: the light, the weather, the clouds, the wind, and on and on. Many times you show up and wait and nothing happens. This had to be my lucky day. (more…)

    Autumn Evening Radiance-Sunset in Northwestern Colorado

    The sun sets through distant clouds beyond a golden hillside and a valley dotted with vibrant fall color outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    The sun sets through distant clouds beyond a golden hillside and a valley dotted with vibrant fall color outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    I haven’t spent much time shooting in northwestern Colorado. It always seems like I end up in the more well-known locations around the state or in my own backyard. My good friend and fellow photographer Rod Hanna invited me to come up for a few days this fall and it just so happened that I was going be coming back that way from my trip to Glacier National Park. The timing was perfect with plenty of fall color in the area. (more…)

    Autumn Tranquility-Sunset in Steamboat Springs

    Late day light illuminates a stand of golden aspens on a hillside overlooking the Sleeping Giant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    Late day light illuminates a stand of golden aspens on a hillside overlooking the Sleeping Giant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    The fall colors have been anything but predictable this year, especially here in Colorado. It seems that all the rain we had in September fooled the aspens into thinking it wasn’t time to start changing! Stands that were at peak color at the end of September last year were still green this year. Reports from photographers visiting the most popular locations in the state were not good at all. That was except for those (more…)

    Sunset Blush-Last Light on Mount Princeton

    The last light of the day streams down a mountain valley and brushes the top of towering Mount Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    The last light of the day streams down a mountain valley and brushes the top of towering Mount Princeton outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    I couldn’t resist stepping out the back of my house last weekend to capture this gorgeous sunset. It was a typical summer day in the mountains. The morning started out with clear blue skies which soon gave way to the puffy clouds that build up over the Continental Divide. By afternoon the skies were fairly overcast with an occasional (more…)

    Sundance on the Three Apostles-Sunset in the Colorado Rockies

    The setting sun illuminates the Three Apostles that are reflected in a beaver pond in Clear Creek Canyon outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.
    The setting sun illuminates the Three Apostles that are reflected in a beaver pond in Clear Creek Canyon outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

    I was thinking ahead to summer this weekend and what locations I might like to visit and it reminded me of a camping trip I took last July. I had studied the maps around my area and my goal was to explore more places close to home that could provide good photo opportunities. I had seen some pictures from Harrison Flats which is along the (more…)