When people think of Colorado (at least where I live) they most probably have the idea that Colorado has only mountains but they would never think of large areas of just prairie or high terrain deserts like you would see on the Utah side. The house we took care of during our last year’s vacation was actually not far from the Utah border, maybe a little over two hours driving to Arches N.P. (to give you an idea). The soil you see is very sandy and the sky shows you that we had more rain than it should have had in early June. The house stands at an elevation of over 2’000 m which means that the nights are pleasant during the very hot summer months. Actually the heating system went on during one of the nights so it must have been below zero C. So much freedom at Hawk Moon Ridge, just the wind and the birds make a little “noise”. Our friends say that they still cannot believe that they actually live here and have an open heart and share this experience every once in a while with their friends which most of them are pilots like Benno is.
Before they flew to Alaska with other pilots, Marisa wrote some house notes and I found the Hot Tub section really cute: “Feel free to use the hot tub. We left the chemical composition just right. If you have a quick shower before using and don’t wear any clothes, you won’t have nothing to do with it.” Every morning, at 5 a.m., we took a quick shower, run through the garden totally naked … and dived into the Hot Tub heated to over 100 F. I have seen a lot of things during my travels but this experience belongs to the best.
Due to the rain a lot of plants began to bloom. Actually their backyard had a carpet of blooming cactus … I add some in the WS.
a more gentle cactus version
and last but not least, the neighbourhood
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jaywalker (16095) 2010-01-16 1:32
Hi Barbara, A beautifully managed photo offering great drama in that stormy sky, the light on the ground contrasts, there is superb sharp quality & very nice detail, TFS this atmospheric scene, kind regards Wilson.
Jeppo (17639) 2010-01-16 1:38
was fuer eine schreckliche sturmische Himmel! Die verspricht donner und blitzen....
ich hab sogar Angst aus meinem Stuhl hier....
fanni (14377) 2010-01-16 2:23
this image looks more like a painting and reminds me of a work of some famous French landscape painters. I like those heavy dark clouds up in the sky, which, imho, determines 90% of the mood of the photo :)
Very well composed shot :) But I also (and especially) like that Workshop image "After the rain ... Cactus I" :)
Warmest greetings from snowy Moscow,
delpeoples (52301) 2010-01-16 2:28
Hi Barbara, the extremes of light and dark moody sky here are just superb. This is a feat that not many people can produce and I envy you doing it so well. I love the vertical, it really emphasises the different layers in the image. The grey and green tones combine beautifully. TFS and have a lovely weekend, Lisa
sabermonajati (8845) 2010-01-16 2:54
cloudy sky exist nice background in photo.nice composition you shot.
asajernigan (20099) 2010-01-16 3:22
This is a great shot with fine contrast between the dark clouds and the brightly lit foreground. The vertical format is great adding depth to the scene. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo' sharpness.
dta (62392) 2010-01-16 3:31
Hello BArbara ,
The compostion is simple , but the light and the dark sky are so beautiful and impressive . It provides superb tonalities to the vegetation .
Buin (42256) 2010-01-16 4:24
Das ist eines der eindrucksvollsten Landschaftsfotos, die ich bisher gesehen habe. Dieser Himmel in Verbindung mit dem wunderschönen Licht im Vordergrund erzeugt eine unglaublich faszinierende Stimmung. Hier passt es wieder einmal: Zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort ...
Übrigens - auch Dein Kommentar ist toll!
Grüße aus dem noch immer winterlichen Westfalen - bei -1°C, und ein schönes Wochenende!
macondo (18551) 2010-01-16 5:35
An unusual landscape, lit by an almost other-worldly light under the stormy sky. The trees look like ghosts here. The sharpness contributes to the starkness of the scene. I like the way you included some signs of human work over on the right side. Thanks for the interesting note.
rlrad (1845) 2010-01-16 5:36
A great story to accompany your photograph - I could put myself in that place - that's the key, I think, to some modicum of success on TE.
Nice shot catching some quick sunshine on the hard-scrabble terrain before (well, it doesn't look wet. I know that makes little difference in the desert) the rain came from that angry sky.
Great depth and color, interesting amplifying photos in the workshop, as well.
Have a great weekend!
JanH (864) 2010-01-16 5:54
Great picture. Because of the good POV and composition my eyes are drawn into the dark tunnel of clouds.
The dark sky creates a beautiful light on the trees and the foreground. Nice colours too.
feather (51130) 2010-01-16 6:15
I love the note and your hot tub story. I hope you didn't forget when you returned home and scandalised the neighbours! ;D
Dark stormy sky + sunshine is such an appealing combination photographically. You have also captured wonderful detail in the sandy ground, grasses and trees. The WSs clearly show just how dry and sandy the soil is. It's a wonder that anything grows.
plimrn (21344) 2010-01-16 7:11
You captured the storm light perfectly; t6he framing is just right too. You make a rather ordinary high desert view MAGICAL!! ...Sounds like you had a magical time too! Perhaps it takes feeling magical to make magic.
Running naked to the hot tub is the benefit of having a little space around. Our place is just a little higher than this level as we have lodgepole pines rather than juniper trees and no cactus.
Dyerco (10185) 2010-01-16 8:23
I like the dark and forboding sky with everything in the FG frontlit. It makes for a very dramatic landscape. Well done.
hardyuno (4650) 2010-01-16 11:53
wow das ist ein Himmel, an Dramatik kaum zu überbieten, vor allem mit der Sonne im Rücken, die den Hang wunderschön beleuchtet. Der klassische diagonale Bildaufbau rundet das Ganze ab. Ein tolles Bild, TFS
Ich wünsche dir noch einen schhönen Abend
gilou530 (34) 2010-01-16 13:26
un ciel orageux qui fait le spectacle dans cette photo ou les arbres me font penser a notre provence
jwmunro (286) 2010-01-16 14:00
Hello Barbara -
You sure did a great job of capturing that summer storm. The light in Colorado in and around the summer storms is so fantastic and beautiful. I do like the upland nature of this scene and the storm clouds enhance the scene to perfection. It must be nice to be able to skinny-dip in the hot tub and watch the storm on the horizon.
Well done and thank you for sharing.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-01-16 14:21
Mit solchen Wolken würde ich einen Dach suchen... aber es gibt natürlich einen super Kontrast und wirkt "dramatic", wie sie dort sagen. Ich habe den Eindruck, dass es nach links neigt, oder ? Schönen Sonntag & liebe Grüsse, habe gerade einige Flaschen Wein mit dem Nachbarn geleert, es wird mal Zeit zu schlafen ;-)
mesutilgim (79394) 2010-01-17 5:59
Hallo liebe Barbara,
Wieder eine grosse "Klasse" . Der stuermische winterliche Himmel (obwohl die Aufnahme im Juni entstande) bildet einen hervoragenden Hintegrund fuer die sanft gruene Vegetation. Das weisse abgetrocknete Geaest im Hintergrund fast wie ein Skletthand zum Himmel reihend !
Tolle notizen. Ein echtes TE Beitrag.
Danke schoen und
ein schoenes Wochenende
rikko77 (10849) 2010-01-17 6:18
I love such dark skyes...a storm is coming but there's still some sun on the other side of the sky...perfect situation for a pic, you didn't miss this chance and did a good job.
I wish you a good Sunday!
serp2000 (37517) 2010-01-17 7:07
Impressive sky! Good photo and very informative note!
Greetings from Russia,
xavshot (69835) 2010-01-17 12:03
le ciel menaçant est impressionnant et donne une très belle ambiance. Belle luminosité dans cet ensemble.
Nicou (115336) 2010-01-18 2:51
quei ciel gris-bleu, loud et manacant avec ces beaux pinc, cette végétation, le foremat de l'iamge est parfaite, tu as donnnée beaucoup de place au ciel, très bien vue, une merveille.
Bravo et amitié
sacimar (25975) 2010-01-18 10:09
you are right, people think that Colorado has only mountains.. the Grand Canyon... but there are more things... as you show, excellent note and explanations... it should be a great experience the hot tub.... about the picture I like the cloudy sky, and the perspective mixing the trees and the sky in the background, well done!
Have a good week!
Sistercosmo (242) 2010-01-18 12:16
Hallo liebe Barbara!
Was für eine Stimmung in diesem Bild! Das schöne Licht im Vordergrund und die drohenden Wolken im Hintergrund. Echt fantastisch!
Haste kein Foto von eurem wilden Nacktspurt in der Früh? Just curious... ;) Die Kakteen im WS sind auch toll!
Waylim (24956) 2010-01-18 12:39
I have been to a little part of Colorado, in Mesa Verde National Park. Even for me, I always have the Rocky Mountain range in mind when I think of Colorado and never have I imagine it to be this way. The WS photos are great complementary photos to show the cactus that grow in this wild and beautiful and natural environment. The dark clouds really add so much drama to this composition.
I am planning something for May, Colorado is in mind but Yellowstone is more preferable at the moment, except it may not be accessible yet in May due to the snow. We’ll see.
gneufeld (15884) 2010-01-18 18:42
Nice light on this one with that thundering storm cloud overhead. Seemed a wee bit more contrast would work, especially on the foreground? Nice vertical perspective - TFS. Gerald
wolf38 (30142) 2010-01-18 23:27
Hallo Barbara. Hier zeigst Du eine schöne und urtümliche Landschaft. Das besondere ist jedoch der dunkel bewölkte Himmel und das phantastische Licht. Sehr informativer Text. gut gemacht. Regards, wolfgang.
avene (12675) 2010-01-19 10:19
hi Barbara :)
the Hot Tub thing sounds fantastic, I imagine it was even more fun to have it outside, right under the stars :)
love the threatening sky here, the clouds look like freshly whipped blueberry mousse :) good timing to capture the gorgeous pre-storm light, even the dry soil looks good in such light. nice :)
meanwhile we're enjoying the most incredible view over Lago de Atitlan towards 5 (!) volcanoes :)
gunbud (34066) 2010-01-19 14:09
Love the gun-metal blue sky looming over these scrub pines giving this one a very brooding feel.
This is the area of Colorado where they convinced people to come out and farm and after a few years of above normal rain fall they sadly found out that they were in a high plains desert.
Your hot tub adventures sounds like quite the hoot.
ciakgiak (30405) 2010-01-20 13:18
the contrast between the green vegetation and the gray sky is superb. The vertical composition works very well in this case, there's a particular atmosphere in your image, congratulations.
jimkil (1720) 2010-01-24 0:18
Hello Baba Flies
The moody clouds are superb, but what about the light? I like it very much but it looks unfamiliar to me, don't know who to explain, slightly muted maybe?!?! To me Colorado is one of the best areas, Durango was very fresh - that train ride was superb, the sand dunes are just awesome, but very dry down there also. Quality is excellent in this shot in many aspects.
Enjoy the remaining hours of the WE.
ChrisJ (94426) 2010-01-24 4:27
A superb landscape with splendid pastel colours, good lighting & superb framing. The ominous bg sky contrasts well, against the brightly lit fg. Tfs!
Ricx (13495) 2010-01-24 10:00
Hi Barbara, a great image.. I love the clouds as the back ground. Always a favourite image for me. I like the clarity and sharpness on the trees. Something I did no manage in a previous photo of mine. Have a great day. Rich
skippy007 (12510) 2010-01-27 15:38
Hello Barbara, Beautiful painting like scene. I like the mood you have captured here, I think created mostly by the overcast & menacing sky.Very well composed , excellent light & detail, beautiful flowering cactus. I wish I could have been there at 5 am, with my camera, I can only imagine the sight, on second thought, no, it would be far too early for me anyway. ;-)))).
Beautiful shot, lovely memories I'm sure, interesting & entertaining note.
mkamionka (29155) 2010-01-29 1:16
incredible light, I like very much the contrast of the dark background with the bright foreground. What would certainly improve the shot is if you would include some naked people running to the hot tub :)
Have a good weekend,
Juntas (7958) 2010-01-29 3:26
Hi Barbara. The light is very well managed and that dark sky is very beautiful. Nice colors and very good details on the fg. Great story :). Best regards.
zmey (7335) 2010-02-05 7:32
i like these moments: a glimpse of sunlight breaking through the stormy sky. it renders the mood of the place very special.
cam (9041) 2010-02-06 19:05
A combination of well lit foreground set against dark skies, a winner.
An eerie place, Hitchcock style, how were you able to stay there for 2 weeks?
The slope of the hill is unstabilizing...
A good picture.
Greg1949 (9011) 2010-02-16 9:49
Barbara, this is a fine photo, one that I will use as an example of a well composed and with perfect lighting. I can't guess at the time of day but the atmospherics make the lighting than make the scene worth of capturing. This to me is the essence of being a photographer; being in the right place at the right time with the skills and equipment to capture what your mind sees. Fine work.
- Copyright: Barbara Kehl (baba_flies) (8829)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-06-02
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NIKON D 300, Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED, Circular Polarizing
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-16 1:28