Alpine Morning, Desert Afternoon
Last week I woke up early to drive about 35 minutes to a spot I have been wanting to get to for first light. The most photographed mountain in the area, Mount Sneffels is our local ‘Fourteener’ at 14,157 feet. It’s peak can be seen from many vantage points and seasonal light changes make spring one of the best times to capture both early morning and late day light on its craggy and impressive peak. A big puddle added a reflection and that ‘something extra’ to the scene. A tree set off by itself got my attention as it provided a nice foreground element for what was happening in the distance. With fair weather and feeling pretty good about the morning I decided to go out again in the afternoon. I drove about 45 minutes to Montrose and an area the locals refer to as the ‘Adobes’ or ‘Dobies’ (short for Adobe Hills, Adobe Badlands or Dobie Badlands). Within the Gunnison Gorge Recreation Area, this is a popular spot for ATV and dirt bike riders with plentiful roads and trails. Attracted to the hills and formations I enjoyed the contrast between this area and my morning location. The day emphasized the diversity of terrain my home has to offer, for which I am most grateful. I am looking forward to revisiting both of these close-by locations in the near future.
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