Colorado National Monument
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I’ve wanted to photograph Monument Canyon filled with fog for a while now, and this morning I finally got my chance. As I was leaving my house to drive to work and noticed the heavy fog that filled the Grand Valley, I just couldn’t resist the conditions and drove up to the Colorado National Monument instead. I arrived up above the fog just in time to watch the sun rise over the Grand Mesa. It was a spectacular view and definitely worth missing a few hours of work.
When I first arrived, the fog was all the way down in the Grand Valley and Monument Canyon was free and clear of fog. Once the sun was up, the fog slowly crept out of the valley and into the canyon. It was an amazing experience!
I arrived at this viewpoint of Independence Monument just after the sun rose over the cliff in the distance. The fog was still down in the Grand Valley at this point.
The fog creeps into Monument Canyon while the early morning daylight strikes Independence Monument.
A closer look at Independence Monument as the fog surrounds it.
Window Rock and the Pipe Organ begin to disappear into the fog.
Leaving the tunnel and entering the fog again.