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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunsets and meteors in the Rockies

We've had the luxury of time spent high in the mountains this summer. We've just returned from another "unplugged" trip to the rugged southwest of Colorado, high in the alpine zone of the San Juan mountains.

We didn't drive as far as expected on our first day due to a small problem with the LabMobile that needed to be fixed the next day. We decided to stop at a familiar campsite less than halfway to our destination.

I'm so glad we stopped. We arrived as the sun was setting, and the mountains looked magical.
And the sunset light was warm and glowing.
 The clouds to the east of us lit up as the sun dipped below the western horizon.
It was the peak of the Perseid meteor showers. As soon as the sky became dark, we were mesmerized by the streaks of shooting stars all around us. We wrapped ourselves in warm sleeping bags and watched the show.
It was a magical start to what was an inspiring and restful time in our beloved Rocky Mountains.

22 comments:

  1. That last one...stunning, KB. Really.

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  2. Just beautiful. I love watching the show as well.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  3. Thank you for taking us on your beautiful adventure

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  4. Beautiful shots, especially the last. I can just picture you guys snug in your bags, watching the sky.

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  5. Wow! It's so beautiful! I love the meteor shower photo! I've tried and tried to see shooting stars but it's either always cloudy or I can't get far enough away from city lights!

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  6. What a great place to watch a meteor shower. We were at the beach one year during the Perseids and it was magical.

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  7. Wow, what a find. I can't wait until your next post. I have missed you!

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  8. I love the comet photo but just as much (almost) that study of neutrals that was the sun going down between the mountains. Both just excellent. Is Prince Arrr doing OK these days? Shyla too!

    Cheers,
    Jo and the petz

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  9. What a perfect site to watch what the White Dog Army calls "Dad's Birthday Star Show." So you did not encounter any smoke/haze problems like we in ABQ are from the Western fires?

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  10. That was a fortuitous unscheduled stop!

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  11. Wow! All of these pictures are magical...each and every one! Love them!

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  12. Beautiful shots but the meteor shower is just incredible!

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  13. you can make a lot of wishes with a ll that meteorites... we spend the whole night outside once and we saw not one...seems we really live on the wrong side of the pond :o)

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  14. Oh that last one was so beautiful...........I bet it was a very relaxing trip!
    stella rose and momma

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  15. What beautiful photos! Your meteor shot is stunning!
    KZK

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  16. The night sky is stunning. Glad you had clear skies to see it!

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  17. It's amazing how many stars there are! Sadly, suburban light pollution drown out all but the brightest.

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  18. We missed the meteor shower. It sure isn't as dramatic as yours
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  19. How I wish we could be with all of you,,, and see the splendorious world that just takes our breathe away!
    love
    tweedles

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  20. Beautiful! We missed the meteor show due to heavy clouds.

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