Friday, June 5, 2009

An Evening Well Spent

Sunsets near my home are often not very good. I live in the shadow of the Colorado front range. To get a sunset, I find that I either need to head west to the other side of the front range, or head east far enough that the front range shrinks to be closer to the horizon. Unfortunately, I don't get the opportunity to do this often.

Last night, the girls went to see some 'girls only' play up in Denver. I took the opportunity to head east. I decided to go to the Paint Mines Interpretative Park (click to see some past posts about park). I didn't try to get any shots of the hoodoos that the park is famous for. Instead, I walked around looking for a representation of the prairie and the big sky.

I really didn't plan this trip well. I went out there in a tee-shirt, shorts and sandals. And, by the end of the shoot, I was shivering uncontrollably.

But it was worth it. The sky and the land was beautiful. There were, seemingly, millions of birds singing. I caught sight of one Western Meadowlark. Sadly, he was too far away to get a photo. I also glimpsed what was probably a Longspur of some sort.

To top it off, I took what may be one of my favorite pictures (not this one, I'll post it on Sunday)

Happy Friday everyone!

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24 comments:

Martha Z said...

This is wonderful, the prarie, sky and a little clump of what looks like paint brush. You have a better one? Hard to believe.

Eric said...

Very nice and colofull photo here, a good Skywatch picture!!!

Greetings from Holland

Rob Ripma said...

Fantastic shot! The sky is beautiful!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful snap.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

And this isn't your favorite shot? Well, it's lovely, a beautiful sunset. A great representation of a prairie sky. My mother was born on the Canadian prairie, she would have loved this shot.

JPT said...

That's a wonderful sky.

rh-bilder said...

Great shot! I really like the colors in this picture.

cieldequimper said...

That's a dream, right?

prkl said...

Great scenery with great colors!
Hopely I remember to check you on sunday.
You have a great weekend!

ms toast burner said...

"I really didn't plan this trip well. I went out there in a tee-shirt, shorts and sandals. And, by the end of the shoot, I was shivering uncontrollably."

I seem to remember earlier in the year a post by someone about a shoe full of snow and how that someone was going to make a mental note about always being prepared. However, I can't remember who that was, can you, Russ?

;-)

Exceptional photo!

Russ said...

Ouch!

All I can say is it's June! Supposed to be warm, right?

:)

Thanks...

VALKYRIEN said...

Beautiful sunset and brilliant photo! This is a photo I can rest my eyes by watching and watching. There is something promising in the distance.....if you understand my meaning!

I will surely check on Sunday for more! Have a great weekend!

jules said...

Simply beautiful. Well worth the braving the cold.

Mike said...

Terrific photo Russ! The red flowers in the foregroud are an eyecather also. That sky looks like it is moving. BTW, I might have to shorten my name for Pikes Peak to just Tavakiev. Sun Mountain Sitting Big is just too long :) Tell you wife no offense meant against the Pikes :-) In fact I just took a photo of ol' Zeb across from the Pioneer Museum.

storyteller's other blog said...

I love the wide open spaces ... colorfully dramatic sky ... and the touch of orange flowers in the foreground. Just beautiful!
Hugs and blessings,

Ebie said...

A very dramatic shot, and that lone wildflower makes it a perfect shot! Have a nice weekend!

Arija said...

A beautiful photograph indeed.

Snapshutter said...

This is one of the best sunset photos I've seen in a long time. There is something very soothing about this photo. Congrats.

Ian Bines Design-Photography said...

great picture, love the different colours and the natural feel of the shot...great work!

bettyl said...

That is such a great sunset! The colors are stunning.

chanpheng said...

Lovely photo. Thanks for stopping by my skywatch entry!

Russ said...

Thanks every one!

John said...

What a marvelous capture!

Russ said...

Thank you all!