Saturday, April 18, 2015
After a storm moved through western Colorado and left a lot of precipitation behind the past few days it looked like it was going to finally clear this morning, so I woke up early and drove up to the Colorado National Monument shortly before sunrise to take a few photos. I never did get the sunrise that I was hoping for, but the valley below was filled with low clouds and fog which is always fun to watch and photograph.
There was a brief moment when the sunrise did turn a few clouds pink, plus the lights from Grand Junction were glowing through the clouds from below. Mount Garfield and the Book Cliffs have a thin coating of snow on them from the storm.
The same scene after it got a little lighter out.
The Pipe Organ and the Grand Valley filled with low clouds and fog.
View down Wedding Canyon toward Sentinel Spire.
The sun did make another brief appearance while I was at Grand View.
Fog creeping up Wedding Canyon towards Independence Monument.
It’s always pretty cool to watch the fog move up the canyons.
The Pipe Organ and Window Rock above the fog.
Fog surrounding The Island.
Lower Monument Canyon.
View past the Kissing Couple. The fog in this scene really makes Sentinel Spire stand out in the background.
A view of Balance Rock from above as I started to drive back down.
View from the Fruita Canyon Overlook.
Cliffs, clouds and the road below.
Rim Rock Drive disappears into the fog.
I passed this bighorn sheep in the thick fog as I was entering Fruita Canyon.