Evolution of a Sunrise

November 29, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Sunrises along Colorado's Front Range can be spectacular, especially at Colorado Springs' famed Garden of the Gods.  With Pikes Peak (14,110 ft.) as a backdrop and towering sandstone in the foreground, the sunrises can be breathtaking.  From start to finish, each minute reveals its own unique beauty.  The moment the sun breaches the horizon, Pikes Peak's summit block takes on a pinkish hue, which gradually intensifies.  As the sun continues to rise, the light, now taking on a warmer characteristic, spreads down over the foothills until it reaches Garden of the Gods.  It is then that the landscape comes alive.  The red rocks of the Garden light up with an intensity that's hard to describe.  The sandstone literally glows with such a deep red that it almost seems to be radiating heat and would burn you should you reach out and touch it. 

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to experience one of the park's incredible sunrises from Mesa Overlook.  Below is the evolution of that morning's sunrise.  Here's a larger version: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dinger/15719600327/sizes/k/  Notice the different characteristics of the light as the sunrise progresses.

Next time you're watching the sun rise, notice how the light changes and how it affects the landscape.  It's pretty remarkable and for me, an undeniable statement from God!


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