It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

Upon our return from Fremont Peak I scouted the area around camp for a sunset vantage, and settled on scampering up a large glacial erratic where Ellingwood Peak was reflected in a tarn. With my my tripod set up, I got comfortable with a good book and a snort of Jack Daniels, and hoped for some evening alpenglow. The leaden sky did not offer much promise.

Around 8:00 PM Jeff called up from camp, ”It’s not going to happen, big guy.”

I looked out to the west. Right on the horizon was a thin line, a paler shade of grey than the blanket of dark storm clouds.

"You’re probably right, but I’ll hang out a bit longer, just in case."

Ten minutes later a faint glow struck Ellingwood and the surrounding peaks.
Within 60 seconds it was a stunning fire red.
A minute later the game was over.
August, 2007
Canon Rebel XT, 10-22mm Canon Lens, 2-stop GND filter.

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brenta

brenta - Aug 20, 2007 11:21 pm - Voted 10/10

Persistence Rewarded

Great colors! Great light!

Nelson

Nelson - Aug 21, 2007 11:44 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Persistence Rewarded

Thanks brenta. I wasn't sure it was going to happen but the sun dropped into the thinner layer of cloud and produced a truly dramatic alpenglow.

Dean

Dean - Aug 26, 2007 1:06 pm - Voted 10/10

Beautiful

Well worth the wait and I commend your patience. That shot is better than most likely any sunset shot you would have gotten.

Nelson

Nelson - Aug 27, 2007 8:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Beautiful

Thanks Dean. This goes down as a top-ten sunset for sure!

I had to decide between this view, and another where I have a wider zoom and capture the glow on the neighboring peaks, though they are not reflected in the pond. I finally settled on posting this one.

hiltrud.liu

hiltrud.liu - Aug 27, 2007 3:18 pm - Voted 10/10

Unique...

this colourful picture!
Cheers, Hiltrud

Nelson

Nelson - Aug 27, 2007 5:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Unique...

Thanks very much Hiltrud. It was a privledge to be there when this happened.

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