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Christmas Eve Monument Snowstorm

Christmas Eve | Monday, December 24, 2012

On Christmas Eve it snowed all day which is a little unusual for the Grand Valley. When I got out of work, I thought it would be a good idea to drive up to the Colorado National Monument and take some photos in the snowstorm. I knew the road on top was closed because of the weather, so I went in via the Fruita entrance so I could at least drive to the Independence Monument Viewpoint. Some may find these photos boring and bland and much different from my typical ‘colorful’ images, but I was trying to create something more unique from these locations that I frequently visit and photograph. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the following images in the comments section.

As I drove up the snow-covered switchbacks, I had to pull over and stop for a photo of Balance Rock in the snow.

Balance Rock Snowstorm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

My first stop was at the Independence Monument Viewpoint.

Tracks by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Independence Monument in the snow.

Independence Monument Snowstorm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then I made my way over to Otto’s Trail.

Otto’s Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I hiked through about 6-7 inches of fresh snow to the end of the trail at the overlook. Since I came straight from work I wasn’t really dressed properly for the weather, so I got pretty soaked. Luckily, it wasn’t too cold out.

Powder Trail by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The view down Wedding Canyon as I hiked along the trail.

Wedding Canyon Snow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Looking down on the Pipe Organ.

Pipe Organ by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then I hiked along the rim of Monument Canyon.

White Monument by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Monument Canyon Snow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On the Edge by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I stopped at my favorite dead Juniper tree and tried a few different compositions.

Sentinel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Touch of Winter by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

One last view of the Sentinel Spire before I hiked back to my Jeep and drove back home for the evening.

Silent Storm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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One Comment

  1. Zack Keys
    Zack Keys January 8, 2013

    Great scenery, even in the snow, is great scenery. Keep them coming Randy!

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