Take CR 69 from Walsenburg to Westcliffe
Insider and weather aficionados know that the Wet Mountain Valley in Colorado is famous for strange weather patterns and unique clouds. Sandwiched between the 14k+ peaks of the Rockies to the West and the almost 13,000 ft high Wet Mountains to the East, this valley produces extraordinary vapor shows in the sky pretty much every day. But even for spoiled local observers this morning pictured in the attached image was extra special: A gigantic, super long cloud had formed over the entire valley overnight and was simply parked stationary at sunrise, reflecting the salmon colored early rays of the sun. Even mighty Rockies - dipped in orange and red of the alpenglow - were dwarfed by this enormous cloud which measured at least 40 miles in length. In order to capture the magnitude of the scene, this panorama was stitched together in Lightroom, consisting of six photos next to each other.