Colorado National Monument Sunrise

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Since I was home this Saturday, I decided to get up early and head over to the Colorado National Monument to catch the sunrise with my camera. I hiked along the lower portion of the Liberty Cap Trail and took a few photos along the way.

The main reason I got up for sunrise was so that I could catch the first light of the day striking the sandstone cliffs of the Monument as the sun came up over the Grand Mesa behind me.

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Cold Monument Sunrise by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Once the sun was up I stuck around for a few more photos with nice golden light.

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Slope by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

It was a nice surprise to find the moon above the Monument while I was there.

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Moon Over the Monument by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Here’s a closer look at the Waning Gibbous moon high above.

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Waning Gibbous by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

View through the haze across the Grand Valley to the Book Cliffs.

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Across the Valley by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I took this photo of the Liberty Cap Trail sign with the cliffs of the Monument towering behind just before hopping back in my Jeep and driving back home.

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Liberty Cap Trail Sign by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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