This image started off with a 4 o'clock alarm going off in my ear. I had to wrestle myself out of the cozy warmth of my bed in the Ridgway, Colorado area and double check my gear making sure I had everything I needed: camera, lenses, batteries, tripod and warm clothing. I had also just arrived the evening earlier after sunset so finding this location in the dark was going to be a challenge not to mention this is a unique and different vantage point to most seen. Before bed I used all of my resources to do a "virtual scouting" to prepare myself.
As my shooting partner and I headed out we loaded the car, triple checked our gear and set out into the unknown. We entered the dark and empty road making our way to the dirt road found during our online searches the evening before that was to take us up into the forest allowing for an up-close and intimate view of the peaks that we were looking for. I had also checked the weather the evening before and it had called for a potentially cloudy morning. My fingers were crossed! We drove along the road and headed deep into the woods in the dark driving over cattle guards, rounding corners and honestly thinking this was going to be a bad idea. We were thinking there was too much cloud cover to offer any color let alone see the peaks.
Just as our hopes were beginning to wane, the sun began to rise in the east and the clouds began to break just enough over the Dallas Divide peaks to allow light in. This is what we set out for as photographers and this is ultimately what we want to come home with.
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