A full panorama of the clouds and fading light over Mt Sopris after sunset. Black and white version posted last week.
Mt Sopris and Rain Clouds after Sunset (Panorama Color #1), Carbondale, CO (19″x40″)
A full panorama of the clouds and fading light over Mt Sopris after sunset. Color version next week.
Mt Sopris and Rain Clouds after Sunset (B&W #1), Carbondale, CO (19″x40″)
I stuck around Carbondale for a few minutes around sunset to photograph the fading light over Mt Sopris- this mountain rarely disappoints, especially if there are any kind of storm clouds in the area.
Mt Sopris and Rain Clouds after Sunset (B&W #1), Carbondale, CO (15″x22.5″)
I try to take at least a brief trip back to western Colorado every year. While in the area, I usually make an effort to make a few photographs of Mt Sopris, the 12,965 ft mountain near Carbondale/Aspen/Redstone (see annual photographs of the mountain on this website). I was lucky this year to see what, in my experience, is a relatively rare scene of mammatus clouds over the mountain. I included both a black and white and color version of the scene.
Mammatus Clouds over Sopris (#2, B&W), Carbondale, CO (15″x22.5″)
Mammatus Clouds over Sopris (#2, Color), Carbondale, CO (15″x22.5″)
After the fires this summer, views of Mount Sopris from Carbondale and the surrounding area were sadly hazy and smoky. A few evening rain clouds blew in over Sopris, but there wasn’t enough precipitation or wind to fully clear the air, leaving the views of one of my favorite mountains slightly obscured.
Sopris, Clouds, and Smoke, near Carbondale, CO (12″x18″)
Fortunately, on my last night in the area, the winds changed direction and pushed some of the smoke out of the region. It felt like I’d put on glasses- the view of Mount Sopris appeared crisp and well-defined as the setting sun cast a pink glow on the flanks of the mountain.
Sopris and Evening Clouds, near Carbondale, CO (12″x18″)