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The sun rises behind a rugged peak in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado - July.

I spent three days camping near this remote peak and lake. One time during the day I was up near this spot where I took this photo, and below me a herd of about 50 elk walked past the lake. When they noticed me high above on the hill, they started running down the tundra slope to the left, below the peak. It was quite a sight to witness.

On this particular morning, I had set up my 4x5 before sunrise, and was surprised that the sun happened to rise exactly in the notch between the peak and the horizon as seen from my perspective! The wildflowers seem happy to greet the sun, as was I.

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