Winter Fields of Gold

Equipment Info
NIKON D810
600mm / f/8 / 1/640 sec. / ISO 250
State/Province/Region
Colorado
Nearest Area
The Wet Mountain Valley
Town
Westcliffe, CO
Brief Directions

Colorado CR 69 South of Westcliffe

Description

I live outside of Westcliffe, Colorado, at about 9,000 ft elevation in the foothills of the Wet Mountains and on the Eastern edge of the Wet Mountain Valley. Looking across this incredible, high altitude valley are the Sangre de Cristo mountains, a spectacular range (part of the Rocky Mountains) with nine peaks more than 14,000 ft high. I took the attached image from a meadow near our house across the five mile wide Wet Mountain Valley. It was early in the morning, a snowstorm had dumped fresh powder on the foothills of the Rockies and was still delivering a few more flakes, mixed in with fog and low hanging clouds, all of it drifting through the valley. But suddenly the first rays of the sun found their way through the frosty sky and dipped the entire scene in a stunning golden light. I attached my 500mm and shot this unusual landscape photo (of a remote ranch road winding through the foothills) all the way across the entire valley.

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Date Added
February 1, 2020
Date Taken
December 25, 2016