Christmas Eve Monument Snowstorm

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.

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Balance Rock Snowstorm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

My first stop was at the Independence Monument Viewpoint.

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Tracks by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Independence Monument in the snow.

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Independence Monument Snowstorm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then I made my way over to Otto’s Trail.

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Otto’s Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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.

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Powder Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The view down Wedding Canyon as I hiked along the trail.

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Wedding Canyon Snow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Looking down on the Pipe Organ.

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Pipe Organ by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then I hiked along the rim of Monument Canyon.

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White Monument by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Monument Canyon Snow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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On the Edge by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I stopped at my favorite dead Juniper tree and tried a few different compositions.

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Sentinel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Touch of Winter by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One last view of the Sentinel Spire before I hiked back to my Jeep and drove back home for the evening.

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Silent Storm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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1 comment

  1. Zack Keys January 8, 2013 1:04 pm  Reply

    Great scenery, even in the snow, is great scenery. Keep them coming Randy!

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