Another small story associated with this shot. I had just finished hiking a trail in the Horseranch Park area of the West Elks and for this low altitude Kansas boy it was a workout. I had gotten back to the trail head and found a photo workshop taking place. Just a few participants and the leader and their assistant said hi and asked how my hike was. They then told me about a second trail heading north that lead to a beaver pond. Well of course I wanted to go even though I was tuckered out. So off I went on the advice from the workshop leader. It was around 9 am by this time and the sun was getting higher and the sky was getting brighter but what the heck, I’m in the Rockies and not like I can just return anytime when the light is better. I wish now I had known about this place the day before and made an attempt to be here at first light, the views were wonderful and quite different from what I had been seeing. This is a shot from the area, dark shadows and bright distant views didn’t help much but I love the view and memory of the hike to get to just one more spot in nature. Funny but I don’t remember being tired out when I was standing here looking at the scene but I sure was breathing hard.
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Brad, This is a magical photo! I like the way the light transforms the landscape from dark to light. Hard to beat fall in the Rockies! Welcome to the Nature Blog Network.
Thank you Barb for your kind comment, the transition from shadow to light does seem to add a difference to this shot, nice of you to point that out.