Rio Grande Pyramid
It’s a full month now since I returned from a six-day backpack in Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness, a beautiful trip in spectacular country whose only disappointment was five evenings and five mornings of absolutely clear skies, without so much as a wisp of cirrus to liven things up. Indeed, the only thing in the sky besides blue was varying amounts of smoke haze from the nearby Little Sand Fire. Not a photographer’s dream conditions, but I still came away with some pleasing shots. I do find that pretty light on the landscape under clear skies can be a real pain to process, though: the luminosities and white balances of the blue heavens versus the warm light on the mountains resist inhabiting the same file. That’s my excuse for taking so long to start posting shots from the trip: I’ve been chewing them over, tinkering, and living with them for a while.
This set was by far the best from the early part of the trip, and the location was entirely serendipitous. A bout of unexpected and fairly harsh altitude sickness forced us to retrace our steps and descend back into the East Fork of Ute Creek. But I wasn’t too disappointed once I found this stretch of creek leading straight towards the massive cone of Rio Grande Pyramid.
Of course, there’s always something interesting in the sky at night!