Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, Arvada, CO
I woke up early on a Saturday morning and could tell from the light that we were going to have a good sunrise. I can’t get any decent sunrise pics from near my house so I rushed out to this tiny (only 72 acres / less than 1/3 square km) wildlife refuge a few miles away.
I was glad that I made the effort- the sunrise was gorgeous!
Wow, am I really over 2 years behind on posting for this goal?!
for this goal, from my page-a-day calendar last week:
It is remarkable how few people seem to derive any pleasure from the beauty of the sky.
-John Lubbock, in The Pleasures of Life
Timber Creek Campground, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
This campground is the only one on the western side of the park. The west side may not be as spectacular as the east side, but it has its own beauty and isn’t as crowded. With the Continental Divide and peaks nearing 13,000’ to the east, sunrise comes late to this campground at 8900’ in late September!
I hadn’t been to the CG in several years and was dismayed to find that the “Timber” in the name was pretty scarce- damage by pine beetles caused the park service to remove most of the trees in the camp. On the flip side, the views were better than they ever were before! This is looking west to the Never Summer mountains. A lot of dead pines are visible, but so are some aspen in their beautiful fall colors.
This one was a gorgeous sunrise! Unfortunately I was just getting to work, but that makes for kind of an interesting contrast in this photo.
(Usually I would have missed this pic, but luckily I started carrying one of my old, damaged (but still working) digital cameras in the car for an occasion like this).
At Ruby Jewel Lake 11,270’ in State Forest State Park, CO
I had hiked up to Ruby Jewel Lake the previous afternoon and spent the night there in preparation for a climb of Clark Peak, one of the high points for this goal. Since I was on the west side of a nearly 13,000’ peak I couldn’t see the actual sunrise until well after it broke the horizon, but the view off to the west was still beautiful. This was taken just after 6 AM and the mountains in the background are part of the Park Range.
Tabor Lake, Wheat Ridge, CO
This one is a good example of why you shouldn’t wait months to post an entry! I’ve had this pic ready to post for a couple weeks, but the photo was taken long enough ago that I just couldn’t remember where I took it. I hate labeling photos incorrectly, so I’ve been trying to figure out where it was taken. Thankfully digital cameras record some info, so I had the date and time (around 6AM). It was a Wednesday morning and I wasn’t on vacation, so I had to be on my way to work. But… There just aren’t that many ponds I pass heading in to work, and this didn’t seem to be any of them. I finally thought of one along the Greenbelt park in Wheat Ridge that’s just a short distance off the road. Did I walk out there to take the shot?
After work one day last week I walked out to that pond to see if it matched the photo. Unfortunately, it didn’t :( But it kind of struck a cord in my memory. There’s another pond a little bit north and east of the one I thought it might be. Did I walk way over there to take the pic? Why would I do that when I was on my way to work?
So I walked over to Tabor Lake, and the landscape seemed to fit the photo (although even that was hard to be sure of because of the seasonal differences in the vegetation). Then everything finally clicked. This was the day that I rode my bike in to work. The bike path runs along the south shore of this lake, so I stopped and took the photo to enter on this goal!
In retrospect I should have paid more attention to the fact that this wasn’t a spectacular sunrise. That indicates that I took the photo for another reason.
Or maybe I should just be a bit more prompt on posting my entries :D
Wilson Lake State Park, KS
This sunrise was the first during my vacation to southern Illinois earlier this year. I had driven about halfway across Kansas and was getting tired, so I pulled into this park. The weather was decent so I just slept out under the stars.
Although I got to sleep pretty late, the sun rising caused the birds around to raise quite a racket, and I was up by 6 AM.
I didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted, but at least I got to see a nice sunrise.
View of the sunrise through my front door.
I didn’t realize how dirty this window was until I photographed this sunrise ;)
This was the sunrise that greeted me after the first night in my first house.
You can see that it isn’t exactly out in the boonies, but… I was really glad to finally get my own place, and I love the the convenience of the location- just about a 10-minute drive from work, and less than that to where my ex (with my daughter) was living. My son and his family are in the same area, too.
Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Preserve, Boulder, CO
I had actually planned on doing a hike in an adjoining preserve but I had never been there before and the maze of trails around the ponds weren’t marked very well, so I got a bit turned around.
No matter, it was still basically the same scenery.
There were a couple inches of snow on the trail and although the temperature was only in the mid-20’s (F), it felt very cold for some reason. Every time I took my gloves off to take a photo my fingers got numb.
Still, it was beautiful with the sun rising and the moon still shining above.