Wow! Incredible sunset. The pictures don't even come close to doing it justice. I was just overwhelmed, this setting was so powerful. The water on the lake & the different mountain ranges, varying in depth. This would have been a great HDR. The boaters & wakeboarders out there will remember this evening for a long time. It was stunning. Maybe the most moving sunset I have ever seen, or at least in recent memory. My kids were there with me, which made it even more special as I continue trying to show them how beautiful where I grew up was & have it impact them in a way it did/does, me. As you turn around from this spot where I took this picture, you can see DIA, Loveland area/Berthoud area, as the suns rays shine down on the cities & towns of the Front Range. Unfortunately, my vehicle & a telephone pole were messing up the shot. The people who live in on this lake & surrounding area are very lucky to have such amazing views, just about every night & morning..... unreal.
Whenever you are traveling from Houston/Dallas to Denver, you have two options; going the back way through Amarillo/Raton Pass or up through OKC/Kansas to I70. Now, generally, you need to make your decision on WEATHER! LOL. That, was not really why I chose the Kansas route this time around, it had more to do with my van not breaking down. I hoped the interstate would be easier on the engine (Mazda). It has been a great little van, other than it has a pinhole in the radiator & has spit spark plugs out to the cylinder head up through the ignition coils..... yea.
Man, we saw this storm a comin about a 100 miles away. I was even on the phone with my wife saying, "there is a storm ahead & we are going right in..." The storm developed very quickly & we were here at the beginning of what rambled on for the rest of the afternoon & evening. Luckily, I trusted the bad feeling that I had & we exited I70 to avoid hail. 80 mph winds > felt that. Tornado warning > Saw that.
We had to go about 35 south @ 80mph to avoid this storm. I have seen tornadoes up close, been through Hurricane Ike as well as many severe snow storms.... this was pretty epic.
Well, it is now 4am.... Up all night working on my website, uploading pictures, changing the format, wondering what the hell am I doing, say to myself "dang I need another computer to do all this faster....." So, the sun was sun was setting last night & it started to rain. It was really beautiful lighting as the sun was shining through the evening shower, this picture does no justice! I tried the wide angle lens that I have, but ended up using my old trusty Nikon 24-140 f4 that has all the bells & whistles Nikon had to offer like 6 years ago, lol. Anyway, here's your moment of Zen!