July 27th, of 2011, provided yet another spectacular afternoon of stormy weather. Mount Evans, Green Mountain, and Mount Morrison disappeared and reappeared throughout the storm. As the storm seemed to be passing, I captured Mount Evans as the rain passed over Golden, Lakewood, and Denver. Finally, at sunset the clouds and sunlight combined to obscure most of the mountain in a fiery glow.
Mount Evans can be difficult to photograph at night, as it often fades right into the background. Occasionally, the lighting works out, as in this instance. Right around sunset, Mount Evans was almost obscured by clouds, and it looked like it wasn’t going to get any better. Just half an hour later, the dark clouds lifted high enough above the mountain to allow the bright sky, still lit from the afterglow, to shine through, separating the mountain from the clouds.
Wildfires and the resulting smoke, is a reality of the Western U.S. It’s only becoming more common, and we had several summers with bad smoke and air quality. While bad air quality is, well, bad, it can make for some interesting photography. The sky is usually hazy, but sometimes you end up with some interesting colors, and atmospheric conditions.
Here are a few images from some smoky days.
Mount Evans photos is now on Instagram at @mount_evans_photos. Eventually the whole series will be posted there, as well as here. I’m trying to add a few per day. I am adding them in chronological order, from oldest to newest. I also group them by day, so the number of posts will be much less than the 600+ images I have in the collection.