Colorado National Monument Weekend

Friday – Sunday, December 7-9, 2012

This weekend I decided to stay home for a change. I figured that I could spend some quality time photographing the Colorado National Monument since I would be around. After work on Friday, I drove up to the Monument to try and catch a sunset that looked promising. It turned out to be a decent sunset, but not over the Monument. Instead, it was colorful over the Book Cliffs across the valley.

A portion of the Book Cliffs across the valley turns pink.

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Red Book Cliffs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The following morning I was up at the Monument again. This time I was there well before the sun came up so I could try and catch the glow that sometimes happens 15-20 minutes before sunrise.

Before the sunrise the monoliths lit up with the glow I was hoping for. This is a view down Wedding Canyon towards Fruita.

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Fruita Beyond by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The early morning glow lights up The Island.

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Island View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The sun finally makes an appearance.

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Frame by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Sunlight strikes the top of the monoliths and the rim of the canyon.

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Sunlight by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I liked how the monuments cast their shadows on this wall below Saddlehorn and the Visitor’s Center.

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Morning Shadows by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Sunlight reaches the Grand Valley this hazy morning.

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Hazy Morning by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Window Rock with the Book Cliffs in the background.

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Window Rock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Once the sun was up I headed back home, but not for long since I returned again in the afternoon to catch the sunset.

Independence Monument in the late afternoon.

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Independence Monument by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Sentinel Spire over the Grand Valley.

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Sentinel Spire by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another view of The Island.

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Island Storm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Independence Monument from Otto’s Trail.

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Monument Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The view down Wedding Canyon as the Book Cliffs glow a fiery red at sunset.

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Red Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There were some amazing colors this evening.

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Explosion by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The colors at sunset reflected off of the clouds and turned all the monoliths in Monument Canyon a pink color. It was a spectacular scene.

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Pink Monuments by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I had returned on Sunday again for sunrise, but had some issues with my camera that prevented me from taking any more photos…so that’s all for now!

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4 Comments

    • Randy Langstraat December 31, 2012 6:15 am  Reply

      Thanks Richard!

  1. Stacy Salmans December 31, 2012 9:38 am  Reply

    Randy great write up and pictures. You an inspiration to many,me included, keep up the great work!!

    • Randy Langstraat December 31, 2012 12:39 pm  Reply

      Thank you Stacy!

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