Saturday and Sunday were the big days. But there’s more to come. The Road between Durango and Silverton (Hwy 550 North) was full of photographers, with and without tripods, folks with smart phones and point and shoot cameras. Join the fun as soon as you can.
I left Durango at 5pm on Friday to catch sunset along the road, and was not disappointed as there was a clearing storm above Haviland Lake. My new favorite location. Here are a few examples of the Lake with the Hermosa Cliffs obscured by low-hanging clouds. Sunset is as elusive as a wind free moment on a big lake. It’s more likely when we have clouds that they are being pushed by wind. I was cheering in the viewfinder. And thankful.
Take a look at the time lapse I recorded of the sunlight hitting the top of Castle Rock and making it’s way down to the pond. http://youtu.be/ZJMRlpvgrKU
Hoping that the evening chill would keep the clouds low until sunrise I set my alarm to get up and out at 6:30 Saturday morning. I arrived at Haviland Lake too soon and drove north to the Hotter Reflection, right off the highway. I knew the warm, cloudless day would lead to snowmelt. So I jumped at the opportunity to capture this image. Gotta love the saturated blue skies directly opposite the sun. No polarizing needed, it occurs naturally in the sky and appears quite a bit darker in the pond.
Here’s a few more from this weekend in Colorado.