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More Monument Sunsets

Sunday – Tuesday, July 29-31, 2012

Since the afternoon monsoons were still around this week, I headed out a few evenings to try and take some more photos during sunset.

On Sunday evening, after returning home from the Paradise Divide, I left again and went to a new area in the Colorado National Monument. It must have been the weekend of rainbows, because when I arrived another one showed up.

Devil’s Point Rainbow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

This photo has it all! A nice curve in Rim Rock Drive as it exits a tunnel, warm sunlight striking the top of the sandstone canyons, nice clouds in the sky, and even a rainbow!

Curve by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The monsoon rain had filled up some large potholes on Devil’s Point, so I went looking for reflections.

Water by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Same sky, different potholes…

Two Better than One by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One last reflection in a pothole for the evening before the light was gone.

Pothole Reflection by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On Monday I headed back to the Monument to take some photos close to sunset again, but the colorful sunset I had hoped for never happened. Of course, I did take a few photos anyway…

A view from East Entrance Canyon.

Drain by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The moon appeared from behind the clouds for a few minutes.

Moon & Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There may not have been any color in the sky, but as the sun was setting it created this unusual spotlight on the clouds above.

Spotlight by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On Tuesday there were some big storms moving through the area with flash flood warnings for some of the canyons of the Uncompahgre Plateau. I decided to drive up Unaweep Canyon to see if I could find any flash floods, but unfortunately I lucked out. On my drive back home I decided to make a quick stop at the Grand Valley OHV Area near my house to see if there were any decent places to take a photo at sunset. Just as I drove out into the desert a large rainbow appeared…I couldn’t have timed that any better!

Drive to the Rainbow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Under the Rainbows by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

ADVENTR Rainbow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A few minutes later the sun disappeared behind some more clouds and so did the rainbow.

>> Devil’s Point Sunset Photo Gallery
>> East Entrance Sunset Photo Gallery
>> Grand Valley OHV Sunset Photo Gallery

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