Monthly Archives: December 2016

Below Zero

Needle Mountains Belt of Venus well after sunset


Blowing snow just after sunset, San Juan Mountains 


The day after a recent winter storm moved out of the San Juan Mountains of SW Colorado, the temperature quickly dropped below zero. Before the sun set, the frigid air was compounded by blowing snow which made for some really cold body parts that were exposed to this beautiful scene of nature.

After sunset, the wind calmed down and by the time the colored layers of the belt of venus set in, the frigid air had cleared somewhat providing for a nice look showcasing the Needle Mountains. Pigeon (left) and Turret Peaks stood out beautifully with the fresh snow clinging to their steep slopes and fir trees below forming the perfect Christmas scene.

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Canyonlands NP Golden Sunset

Canyonlands National Park Golden sunset


Canyonlands NP Sunset with People


Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park

It’s  nice living in Southwest Colorado as we are right in the thick of the San Juan Mountains but also just a few hours drive from the beautiful desert regions such as the Canyonlands and many more iconic locations.

It was clouding up fast with a major winter storm approaching around 12 PM when we decided to make a run for Moab, UT. The storm was literally blowing us all the way there with blue sky staying just ahead of us.

When we arrived around 3 PM we had little time to make a quick 2 mile round trip hike to a nice lookout that we hoped would not be covered in clouds. To our great fortune, the clouds had stopped their advance right on the edge of the setting sun. We were blessed by the the golden rays highlighting the great desert floor and all its beautiful features and landmarks.

We were not alone as we shared this incredible view with others fortunate enough to have been there.

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