Stormy Evening on the Monument

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Since our previous day along Winter Camp Ridge had turned into a day trip instead of the overnight weekend trip we had originally planned, we were home all day on Sunday. It had been stormy and cool all of the day, so I decided to head up to the Colorado National Monument in the evening to see if there would be a nice sunset to photograph. I didn’t end up getting the colorful sunset I was hoping for, but I did have some nice storm light when I first arrived.

Mount Garfield across the valley was lit up nicely as I drove up Rim Rock Drive on the Fruita side.

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Mount Garfield Light by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Light and clouds on the Book Cliffs.

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Book Cliffs Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Spotlight on the Book Cliffs and Grand Valley from the Distant View overlook. Most days this overlook doesn’t hold my attention and I pass it by, but on rare occasions with special weather conditions like this, I stop for a photo.

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Distant View Spotlight by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Overlooking Rim Rock Drive snaking it’s way through Fruita Canyon.

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Fruita Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There’s something about direct light on sandstone with dark clouds behind that always makes me smile.

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Light Stripe by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Independence Monument with a storm in the distance near Mount Garfield.

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Distant Rain by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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Island View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

While I was waiting for the light to change near the Independence Monument viewpoint, a storm overtook me and it started to hail pretty heavily. I didn’t let that stop me from taking photos. If you look closely at this photo you can see the streaks of hail falling from the sky.

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Hailstorm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The rain and hail didn’t stop these guys from having a snack along the road.

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Dinner Time by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I returned to Pothole Point before sunset in hopes that the sun would peek out again. While I didn’t get any color in the clouds this evening, soft light did bounce through an opening in the clouds near the horizon that cast some light into Monument Canyon below.

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Pothole Point by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The rain throughout the day had filled all the potholes along the rim of the canyon.

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Potholes in the Rain by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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