Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sky Watch: Shocking Yellow

An especially vivid horizon on this evening back in mid-December.  I've been trying to explore the numerous forest service roads that wander for miles through the back country around town, most of which I have never been on at all, looking for new and photogenic locations. They are mostly pretty rough even in the dry season, but now after the snow and rain I will have to give it up until spring. I was mainly admiring the granite boulder formations in this particular spot, but as it got late and the sun lit up the clouds on the western horizon, I was fortunate to catch several minutes of spectacular color.
The little speck of reflection in the distance that looks like a puddle, is actually a large reservoir (4.5 miles long by 2 miles wide), 50 miles distant. I'm also nearly 5000' above it here, so we can see a LONG way from any open view point.
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28 comments:

Pearl Maple said...

Huge fabulous view from up there thanks for sharing with SWF

morememes said...

How beautifully dramatic.

Torsdag 1952 said...

That is California, best place for sunsets.
Stunning shot with wunderful decoration in the front.

Hartmut

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous capture, stunning colors and I do love color reflected on the rocks! Superb composition, Mark! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

LauraX said...

stunning image...the light...the whole composition!

Tricia said...

That IS shocking, but sure is an incredible capture! =)

eileeninmd said...

That's a WOW sky! Fantastic photo and capture.

Leora said...

Absolutely beautiful - love the composition and colors.

VALKYRIEN said...

Creativ photo, love the stones in front. And the yellow sky is amazing!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow, oh wow Mark, this is exceptional stuff, great stuff! Happy weekend~ Mary

Jane said...

Lovely shot, nice composition with the rocks too. Looks like a very quite and nice location, thanks for posting:)

Cecilia Artista said...

Great shot! Gorgeous colors and I like the stones in the front!

TonyC said...

Oh! great shot. Love it!!

Photo Cache said...

Like this very much. Two thumbs up!`

Mama Zen said...

What amazing colors!

Karen said...

Wow, stunning.

Mark Kreider said...

I could get lost in the beauty of that country forever.

syel said...

catching the "golden hour"! love the lighting! :)

Gaelyn said...

I so enjoy the shapes and textures of our granite boulders. The glow of sunset enhances them and makes the lake look like a mirror. Good luck on those back roads when things dry out.

forgetmenot said...

Spectacular!!!!!

Wanda said...

Wonderful Sky Watch Friday...Just stunning!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Love the proportions. No offense intended, but are the colors enhanced at all?

Liza said...

Breathtaking shot!

Liz @ A Simple Life

Jidhu Jose said...

nice shot
happy SWF

Luna Miranda said...

interesting perspective. the colors and light are beautiful.

J Bar said...

Shocking but in a good way.

Patrick said...

Colors are really amazing Mark and your surroundings look (sound) also amazing !

Emm said...

This is just beautiful and I agree with you - I love how the boulder formations look. It seems incredible that the reservoir is so far away; what a stunning shot!