Mountain Snow Sunset

I could see this atmospheric display coming so my apologies for not using a tripod. As a consequence, the landscape in the slideshow distractingly jumps around. Nonetheless, it’s a nice image sequence showing the evolution of light and color during sunset.

A winter storm the night before dropped more snow on the New River Mountains (elevation 5000 ft) than I’d seen in the 25 years I’ve been watching. The first image shows how it looked the morning after. Later in the day another storm moved in and the sky was again overcast. But the cloud deck ended above the western horizon, so I knew the Sun would poke through at some point. I was hoping for a photo of brightly illuminated snow in contrast against the dark background sky.

It didn’t quite play out that way. The direct sunlight was limited to a small expanse of the mountains. There was still a chance that golden light seen in the second slide might illuminate the snow. But as the scene evolved it turned out to be a typical red sunset, giving me just another example of pink snow.

Not complaining. The play of light was fun to watch and displayed some beautiful colors. In fact, if you enjoyed it half as much as I did, then I enjoyed it twice as much as you. 🙂

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