Friday, April 24, 2009

Bronco Sunset

Today's Skywatch Friday is a Bronco Sunset from Mueller State Park. The park is on west of Pike's Peak. Over the years, I spent a lot of time hiking, mountain biking and winter camping at the park. Earlier this week, I decided to make the drive up there after work to capture the sunset as it colored the western slopes of Pikes Peak.

There was much more snow from the storms from the previous week than I thought. I only wore ankle-high shoes. So, my plans of hiking a trail to find a good vantage point were busted. Instead, I waited around the visitor's center for the sunset. I still had to walk in deep snow, filling my shoes with it, but only for a few yards instead of a few miles. Mental note: Take boots!

The view of the peak was not that great from the parking lot, but I did get an interesting shot that I'll share at some point. The few others that I like are similar to this one and point off to the south.

About the title: The colors of the local pro football team, the Denver Broncos, are Orange and Blue.

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14 comments:

Linnea W said...

That a beauty...well worth the wait in the cold! I love how the blue sky peeks through on the right side...amazing colors.

Abe Lincoln said...

As nice as the photograph is, I would think a lot more people would like to see it. I like it very much.

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Lisa Wilson said...

Just beautiful! I've never been to Mueller, but I've heard that it is great.

mononeil said...

Always bring a map, boots and a tripod when you go out to take photo's. Nice one and you captured some nice colours.

Ilan said...

What a capture! The colors, the composition...
Awesome photo, fun to watch. Keep them coming :)

sylvia murphy said...

I camped at Mueller one October. Froze my parts off! I need to explore more of the Springs trails.

cheers,

Sylvia

Calm Energy said...

Beautiful... Participating in Sky Watch is very inspiring!

Bryan said...

Well, this is a beautiful shot, but

I think the Bronco Sunset was when they lost to the Chargers in Week 17!!

Tricia said...

Mmmm, so beautiful - the photo is amazing & colors too. I like it lots!

I was messing around in my photo editing program, Paint Shop Pro, & was trying to familiarize myself w/ the effects you told me about in the copper photo & although I don't have any inside photos as of yet to experiment w/, I did happen upon an interesting, sort of sepia shot. You're right, it is time consuming!

Marites said...

looks like filling your shoes with snow is well-worth it. the photo is beuatiful.

ms toast burner said...

Gorgeous!

Misty Dawn said...

Oh my goodness - this is GORGEOUS! Your photos take my breath away.

Russ said...

Thank's everyone!

Bryan - I think the real Bronco Sunset was when Elway retired... Luckily, I'm a college football fan (hook'em horns!)

Bryan said...

Ha, yes, you probably are right about that. College sports are my preference as well, though the ACC does lack truly elite teams in football.