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Forest Canyon Blaze by Nate-Zeman Forest Canyon Blaze by Nate-Zeman
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Looking from the Rock Cut area of Trail Ridge Road, past Forest Canyon and towards some of Rocky Mountain National Park's most recognizable mountains, an amazing display of sunset light lingers in the Colorado sky. Starting from left to right, Terra Tomah Mountain, Mount Julian, Cracktop Mountain, Chief Cheley Peak and Mount Ida can all be seen. These mountains surround the the spectacular Gorge Lakes Basin, a dramatic area with numerous high alpine lakes, some of which can be seen in this photo. This was a rare sunset. The kind photographers dream of. This image was made well after the sun had set behind the Never Summer Mountains, but indirect light reflecting off the clouds overhead was intense enough that it was creating its own light that you can see cast on the foreground rocks.

Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

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anjourekloos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010   General Artist
love love love it, and the name' never summer mountains'!!! ethereal!!!:+favlove:
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RlySrh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student Photographer
Sometimes with photos this incredibly beautiful I like to make the photo fill as much of the screen as I can so I can try to imagine what it must have been like to actually be there.
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Phlip221 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!
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dwth Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 131st/132nd/133rd/134th/135th.:wave:
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
That is so beautiful, you seem to be pro at catching the sunlight in just the right spot!
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:iconbada:
bada Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Beautiful view!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful sense of distance and depth!
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:iconthepatriarch:
ThePatriarch Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
Come to Boulder! I'll buy you a drink.
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:iconsidneyeileen:
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the sunset shots you've been posting lately. The colors and lighting are absolutely stunning.
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
love it when the clouds are pink at sunset :love:
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sexxylilladybug Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's incredible! I am seriously stunned -jaw drop-
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greenjade687 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
i love rocky mountain national:heart:
colorado is my home(:
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
its amazing there
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greenjade687 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
mhmm agreed.
we drove through at night once.
it was one of the scariest experiences of my life but you could see so many stars.
completely gorgeous.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Scary? Why was it scary??
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:icongreenjade687:
greenjade687 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
we didn't know where the road ended and the cliff began haha. it was so dark
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Ah haha
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:icongreenjade687:
greenjade687 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
yeah, but lovely picture!
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PatrickRuegheimer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010   Photographer
the sky is immense. <3
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Orchid5683 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Wow! That is so gorgeous! I love the splash of warmth on the close ground contrasting with the coolness of the shadowed distance...very nice!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010   General Artist
stunning work..
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Love this sunset, amazing colours, and foreground light.
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BlackCarrionRose Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
How wonderful. Nature really is so amazing, and to be able to capture it so well is a great talent :heart:
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
best sunset of the summer so far
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BlackCarrionRose Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D
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AleDexter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Wow! I wish I'll learn to take photos like this one!
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Schicksalsschlag Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
That one's great. I love it. Those colours are amazing!
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GregArps Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Hahaha Terra Tomah Mountain? Brilliant...
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Hot damn. I need to head up to Colorado sometime soon, this image is just full of colors. Just perfect
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StringOfLights Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really incredible.
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100yearoldWhiskey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
If only I had enough money to visit RMNP, Colorado...
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:iconnevma:
Nevma Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Beautiful shot. I backpacked down Forest Canyon once, and that trek remains one of the most epic journeys of my life. Thanks for reminding me.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Its such an amazing place. Sadly the pine beetles are working their way into the canyon now
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Nevma Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
That is sad. I remember seeing many amazing trees in that canyon.

Have you ever done any photography in the Gorge Lakes?
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louiecablouie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. :heart: Amazing.
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Andarelle Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Wow! Gorgeous! Your description really helps to understand what was going in and around the shot area. :)
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Never Summer Mountains.. haha you guys have the best names for things!
damn awesome shot tho!
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:iconnate-zeman:
Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
haha theyre not all so creative... I live under the "ten mile" range haha
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
hahah! bet they burnt the midnight oil to try and think of that one!

I really shouldnt say much.. cuz we have Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta here, hahah!
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DennisChunga Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
first class man!!
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thorshammerthor Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I love how you captured subtle lighting in the foreground. Fantastic.
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ManitouWolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the dramatic lighting in this shot. Just breath-taking!
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Fire-Feather Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
that is intense! nice shot! :heart:
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful !!!! :)
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OneWhistle Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Beautiful!
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