More Monument Sunsets

Sunday – Tuesday, July 29-31, 2012

Since the afternoon monsoons were still around this week, I headed out a few evenings to try and take some more photos during sunset.

On Sunday evening, after returning home from the Paradise Divide, I left again and went to a new area in the Colorado National Monument. It must have been the weekend of rainbows, because when I arrived another one showed up.

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Devil’s Point Rainbow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This photo has it all! A nice curve in Rim Rock Drive as it exits a tunnel, warm sunlight striking the top of the sandstone canyons, nice clouds in the sky, and even a rainbow!

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Curve by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The monsoon rain had filled up some large potholes on Devil’s Point, so I went looking for reflections.

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Water by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Same sky, different potholes…

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Two Better than One by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One last reflection in a pothole for the evening before the light was gone.

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Pothole Reflection by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On Monday I headed back to the Monument to take some photos close to sunset again, but the colorful sunset I had hoped for never happened. Of course, I did take a few photos anyway…

A view from East Entrance Canyon.

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Drain by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The moon appeared from behind the clouds for a few minutes.

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Moon & Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There may not have been any color in the sky, but as the sun was setting it created this unusual spotlight on the clouds above.

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Spotlight by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On Tuesday there were some big storms moving through the area with flash flood warnings for some of the canyons of the Uncompahgre Plateau. I decided to drive up Unaweep Canyon to see if I could find any flash floods, but unfortunately I lucked out. On my drive back home I decided to make a quick stop at the Grand Valley OHV Area near my house to see if there were any decent places to take a photo at sunset. Just as I drove out into the desert a large rainbow appeared…I couldn’t have timed that any better!

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Drive to the Rainbow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Under the Rainbows by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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ADVENTR Rainbow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A few minutes later the sun disappeared behind some more clouds and so did the rainbow.

>> Devil’s Point Sunset Photo Gallery
>> East Entrance Sunset Photo Gallery
>> Grand Valley OHV Sunset Photo Gallery


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