Feb 14 2013

Clearing Storm

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO

By now I’m sure many of my regular readers are tired of seeing photos from the Colorado National Monument. For those of you who might feel that way, I’m sorry to say I have another trip report of photos taken there. Better stop reading now! After spending over five hours photographing the inversion layer in the Monument on Saturday I had no plans to return on Sunday. However, in the afternoon I noticed the clouds that had been hovering over the Grand Valley all day were finally beginning to break up. I couldn’t resist, so I grabbed my camera and drove back up there. I’m glad that I did!

As I was driving to the Fruita entrance I noticed the clouds hanging in the canyon obscuring the view of Independence Monument. I found somewhere to pull over and switched to my long lens for a closer look.


In the Clouds by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When I reached the Monument Canyon view I was pleasantly surprised to find many dynamic clouds in the canyon below.


Clearing Storm by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A disappearing act.


Kissing in the Fog by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
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Feb 11 2013

Monument Inversion

Saturday, January 26, 2013

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On Saturday morning I slept in a little later than usual. A winter storm moved into the area overnight and when I looked outside towards the Colorado National Monument I could see that the humidity from the storm caused the inversion layer over the valley to thicken. I quickly got dressed and drove up to the Monument. I was planning on a short trip up there to hopefully get a couple of decent photos, but I ended up spending over 5 hours up there!

Since there was another layer of clouds above me there was no direct light the whole time I was up there, but I really enjoyed photographing the muted colors of the canyons in these conditions. It’s certainly different from what I normally shoot, which is what I was trying to do.

The base of Window Rock was just above the inversion layer.


Window by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The thick inversion filling up part of Wedding Canyon.


Filling by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The inversion layer sort of acted like water in the ocean. The fog would recede a little and then advance again. I waited until the wave of fog crashed against the cliff to take this photo.


Wave by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
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Feb 8 2013

Another Week at the Monument

Monday – Sunday, January 14-20, 2013

The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO

Over the past week I’ve spent a few days photographing the Colorado National Monument again. I stopped by after work a few days, caught a sunrise another day, and drove through the entire park after a morning spent along Rifle Creek. Basically, whenever I had a little free time, I was there. I actually spent a few days concentrating on one small arch that I photographed in a few different kinds of light. It’s amazing how different things can look based on the time of day and the weather.

One evening I caught the Earth’s shadow over Red Canyon.


Red Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Another evening the Grand Mesa lit up at sunset.


Pink Mesa by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A small tree growing out of the sandstone.


Sandstone Tree by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
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Jan 18 2013

Around the Grand Valley

Thursday – Sunday, January 3-6, 2013

The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO

We’ve had a very cold start to the year so I’ve been staying close to home more than I usually do. Since that’s the case, I’ve been spending my free time trying to make some more unique images of locations I’ve photographed before, plus I’ve been trying to find some new locations around the Grand Valley. Here’s a few photos from the past couple of days.

I drove up to the Independence Monument viewpoint after work on Thursday and stuck around after the sun had dropped below the horizon so I could catch the Earth Shadow above the Book Cliffs.


Island Earth Shadow by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Then I stayed a little longer for a photo of Independence Monument in the twilight with the lights of Grand Junction in the background.


Independence Monument Twilight by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

On Saturday morning I was up early to photograph the sunrise photo along the Colorado River in De Beque Canyon. As I was taking a few photos in the early dawn light a man with a dog approached me. At first, I assumed he was out for a walk along the river, but then he mentioned to me that he and some friends were hunting ducks nearby and would be shooting right over the area I was in. I decided it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to stick around, so I hiked back to my Jeep and got out of there so that I could find somewhere else to watch the sun come up.

Dawn in De Beque Canyon along the Colorado River.


Winter River by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
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Jan 10 2013

The Monument at Night

Friday, December 28, 2012

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With the full moon out tonight, I thought it would be fun to head up to the Colorado National Monument again and try to get a few photos of the canyons and spires lit by the moonlight with the city lights of Grand Junction and Fruita in the background. Thanks to an inversion, the temperatures in the valley were pretty cold but, it was much nicer up on the Monument.

Looking down Wedding Canyon towards Fruita. Independence Monument dominates the foreground.


City Lights by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A closer look at the Pipe Organ, Sentinel Spire and Window Rock.


Window Rock Night by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I really like this one with the snow, shadows and faint stars.


Winter’s Embrace by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Independence Monument with Grand Junction in the distance.


Independence Night by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

>> The Monument at Night Photo Gallery