Sunday & Monday, October 21-22, 2012
Very, very early on Sunday morning Amanda and I headed up to Glade Park to watch the Orionid Meteor Shower from Miracle Rock. Even though we both saw plenty of meteors, I didn’t end up catching any with my camera like I had hoped. Since this was my first real attempt at photographing a meteor shower it’s not a surprise that I came away empty handed, but I’m hopeful that I will do better next time. We both still had a nice time laying on the sandstone watching the sky for meteors until the sun came up. Once the sun came up, I stuck around for a few photos.
Miracle Rock in the dawn light as the sky behind briefly turned pink.
Miracle Rock Dawn by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
I waited around until Miracle Rock was all in direct sunlight, which took quite a bit longer to happen than I thought it would. I also caught the only tiny cloud in the sky that I saw all morning.
Miracle Rock Sunrise by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
After work on Monday I noticed that there were some nice clouds in the sky which could lead to a nice sunset. I decided to head back up to Miracle Rock and try my luck at sunset that evening.
On my way up to Glade Park I stopped for this photo in the Colorado National Monument looking back towards the Grand Mesa.
Serpent View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Unfortunately, by the time I made it up to Miracle Rock, a lot of the great clouds in the sky had moved on. Only a few clouds were left on the western horizon.
I took the opportunity to capture Miracle Rock with another sunburst as the sun started to dip below the horizon.
Miracle Rock Sunburst by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
The sandstone amphitheater I was in did catch the warm sunlight nicely.
Amphitheater by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
A view from under Miracle Rock towards the amphitheater.
Under by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
The clouds on the horizon caught a little color for a few minutes.
Glade Park Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr