Posted on December 26, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Magic mountain light
Morning alpenglow on the Gore Range, photographed from the Tenderfoot Trail near Dillon.
SUMMIT COUNTY —Alpenglow is one of those visual feasts best best observed in the mountains, thanks to the vertical topography. While the term is sometimes applied loosely to any sunset or sunrise light on the mountains, true alpenglow refers to a special moment when particles in the air scatter the sun’s light while the sun is still below the horizon — essentially highlighting the red-orange part of the spectrum. For more, read this discussion at photo.net.
Nascent alpenglow along the highest peaks of the Gore Range.
Crepuscular light on Buffalo Mountain — but is it alpenglow?
Morning alpenglow on the Tenmile Range.
Loveland Pass alpenglow.
The sun was down behind the western horizon when this shot was taken, but the colors don't always turn vivid pink or orange. Sometimes the glow is more subtle.
And sometimes it's intensely orange ...
Tender evening alpenglow on Guyot and Baldy.
Faint alpenglow on the Tenmile Range.
Alpenglow up close and personal in Tenmile Canyon.
A drive-by shot in Tenmile Canyon.
No, it's NOT the Dolomites.
Continental Divide, Colorado.
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