Saturday, January 26, 2013
On Saturday morning I slept in a little later than usual. A winter storm moved into the area overnight and when I looked outside towards the Colorado National Monument I could see that the humidity from the storm caused the inversion layer over the valley to thicken. I quickly got dressed and drove up to the Monument. I was planning on a short trip up there to hopefully get a couple of decent photos, but I ended up spending over 5 hours up there!
Since there was another layer of clouds above me there was no direct light the whole time I was up there, but I really enjoyed photographing the muted colors of the canyons in these conditions. It’s certainly different from what I normally shoot, which is what I was trying to do.
The base of Window Rock was just above the inversion layer.
The thick inversion filling up part of Wedding Canyon.
The inversion layer sort of acted like water in the ocean. The fog would recede a little and then advance again. I waited until the wave of fog crashed against the cliff to take this photo.
Hidden road in Fruita Canyon.
Fog and red sandstone cliffs.
A tunnel on Rim Rock Drive as the fog advances from the canyon on the right.
Parked in the inversion so I could explore the area.
Rim Rock Drive disappears into the fog.
The Kissing Couple, Independence Monument, and Window Rock stand above the fog.
Clouds fill the canyon below.
I just love red sandstone poking out of the fog.
Independence Monument from Grand View.
The inversion layer fills the lowest parts of Monument Canyon.
When I first arrived at the Independence Monument viewpoint it was completely out of the clouds. With a little patience (which I usually lack), I waited until the tide of the inversion started to engulf Independence Monument before taking a few photos.
A wider view as the fog fills the canyon.
I’ve stopped for photos at the Fruita Canyon overlook many times before, but usually Balance Rock blends into the background and is hard to see. With the fog behind, it stands out much better.
A closer look.
I got soaked early in the day before it stopped raining, but I had a lot of fun photographing the Monument in these conditions.