Christmas Eve | Monday, December 24, 2012
On Christmas Eve it snowed all day which is a little unusual for the Grand Valley. When I got out of work, I thought it would be a good idea to drive up to the Colorado National Monument and take some photos in the snowstorm. I knew the road on top was closed because of the weather, so I went in via the Fruita entrance so I could at least drive to the Independence Monument Viewpoint. Some may find these photos boring and bland and much different from my typical ‘colorful’ images, but I was trying to create something more unique from these locations that I frequently visit and photograph. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the following images in the comments section.
As I drove up the snow-covered switchbacks, I had to pull over and stop for a photo of Balance Rock in the snow.
My first stop was at the Independence Monument Viewpoint.
Independence Monument in the snow.
Then I made my way over to Otto’s Trail.
I hiked through about 6-7 inches of fresh snow to the end of the trail at the overlook. Since I came straight from work I wasn’t really dressed properly for the weather, so I got pretty soaked. Luckily, it wasn’t too cold out.
The view down Wedding Canyon as I hiked along the trail.
Looking down on the Pipe Organ.
Then I hiked along the rim of Monument Canyon.
I stopped at my favorite dead Juniper tree and tried a few different compositions.
One last view of the Sentinel Spire before I hiked back to my Jeep and drove back home for the evening.