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A friend of mine finally had some time off of work and decided to drive up from Denver to hang out. We had a great time long boarding around town and getting a couple of beers, but once the afternoon was over, we headed up to the Cherokee State Wildlife Area.

There is a plateau I have been wanting to climb up for some time now and I knew there would be a terrific view, especially with the wildflowers popping up. Even though we were destroyed by the mosquitoes, we still had great light and a good visit. Definitely a new favorite on the property.

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Often I find myself in the shower, at a red light, lying in bed or lounging around the pool, thinking of moments such as this. Daydreaming about the light pouring across the landscape and sweeping through the valleys. Casting its glow of warm light by reflecting from underneath the clouds, illuminating my foreground.

I thank God for giving me moments like this.

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Recently my brother, dog, and I went to hike some 14ers. The first day we packed in and set up camp/goofed off. The second day we hiked up Missouri Mtn. (14,067 ft). And the third day we hiked both Mt. Belford (14, 197 ft) and Mt. Oxford (14, 153 ft).

It was on the accent of Mt. Belford that this sunrise began. Seemingly nothing at first. The clouds were in the right place for a good light show and I even remember saying to Gabe, "I sure thought the colors were going to be booming more than this." Fifteen minutes pass and then the glow began. Slowly working from a dull glint of light, to a rich tonality of color.

I told myself not to bring the tripod after hiking Missouri Mtn. with it and realizing it made the trip miserable, so I didn't. I knew I would have to have the camera ready for whatever nature threw at me. And, that if the moment came, I'd have to hand hold it. And of course, the sunrise was awesome, and I did have to hand hold the shots. But using the scree as balance really allowed for me to capture what I wanted to represent.

And it was: Seeing the wonderful blue flowers flow across the mountainside kept searing this image of the persistent wind we were experiencing during our hike up. And looking at the clouds becoming more and more illuminated by the early sun's light, I continually thought of a fire being stoked by the wind. How the light, color, overall intensity becomes so great and so beautiful.

Not to often do I have a goal to depict with a shot, but this was something I felt when setting up. Utilizing motion and the cool flowers as a representation for wind. And the hot, vibrant clouds as the coals being stoked.

In my head, not too shabby for hand held :D

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Mother nature spreading it on. From the ground to the sky, there was so much color, I thought I'd opened up a box of crayons. There were wildflowers popping out all over the place and the sky was lit up like the fourth of July. And then there I was trying to get as many shots of as much stuff as I could. Scrambling from here to there while my brother just sat and watched.

The tallest mtn. on the left is Mt. Belford (14,197 ft) and on the right is Missouri Mtn. (14,067 ft). Both were conquered on the trip, as well as Mt. Oxford (14,153 ft). Such beautiful country.

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The Matterhorn was blown by the clouds this night...
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Another terrific sunset at the nearby Horsetooth Reservoir. On this visit, the water was at its highest point of the summer. So this time I tried a new location and noticed this spot along the waters edge. Wading into the water up to my waste, I positioned the camera for a nice sweeping panorama to capture everything. Then began the waiting game.

Once the sun began to spit out the evening colors, I began to shoot. Dragging out the exposure allowed for the water to smooth over into a nice foggy waterline. It also made the boaters invisible.

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I decided trying to upload the photos of my trip into the alps (some weeks ago) chronological so this is one of my first photos. I arrived the place the day before at noon, scouted the location, set up my tent there, slept the night (my first night in the alps, so wonderful to listen to the wind! :heart:) and took this photo in the morning. It was absolutely awesome to observe the clouds flying along the mountain. :aww:


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Location: Lac d’Émosson, Finhaut, Valais, Swiss.
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Deciding to not wait until the last minute to shoot, I drove up to the reservoir a little early. Not being rushed to hunt for an area to setup, I utilized my time and found a spot I was comfortably suited with for taking a picture of the evening's sunset. Watching the sun take its daily plunge behind the hills, I knew good light was inevitable. As I waited, I could see my patience was paying off. I was left with another fantastic memory of a sunset from my new home town and the photo to prove it.

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Last weekend I had a nice hike with some friends, Jesse and Nick, up to Dream Lake before sunrise. It was chilly but worth the effort. The sun slowly worked down the peaks giving a soothing warmth during a cold morning. We all had a moment to ourselves as the sun enveloped Hallet Peak and Flattop Mountain.

Semi-close, this may be my new favorite spot to shoot.

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Adjustments: Tweaked the sharpness for internet viewing pleasure.
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While heading out to go rock climbing this Summer, I decided to bring my camera gear along if the moment called for it. I was thankful I did since a wonderful evening drizzle rolled through.

Being from Missouri, rainstorms lasts days on end. Out here a storm can roll through in five minutes. So, withstanding the battering rain for about fifteen minutes, great lighting shortly ensued.

I was so thankful to have the evening hours to myself. This was a period of time when I was working countless hours on end. If Summer days didn't last so long, I don't think I would have either. I love how mother nature is my anxiety suppressant.

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