10-11 APRIL: COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT

Colorado NM is just over the Utah/Colorado border near the towns of Fruita and Grand Junction.  This is a photographer’s paradise with incredible cliff formations and wildlife.  Immediately upon entering the park, I photographed a small group of Bighorn Sheep grazing on the cliffs above and below the road.  The single lamb made several valiant, but unsuccessful, attempts to scale the cliff to the adults above the road.  Both sunset and sunrise light was fascinating from Grand View and Book Cliffs.   The sunset light in particular shifted from foreground formations to background mountains to clouds and then repeated over several cycles.  One of the best sunset cloud days of the trip…followed by great light the next morning from Book Cliff.

Grand View Twilight. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Singh Ray 3-stop split ND, Gitzo tripod, Kirk Bh-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

Grand View Sunset. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Singh Ray 3-stop split ND, Gitzo tripod, Kirk Bh-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

Book Cliffs Sunrise. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Singh Ray 3-stop split ND, Gitzo tripod, Kirk Bh-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

Book Cliffs Morning. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Singh Ray 3-stop split ND, Gitzo tripod, Kirk Bh-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

Edge of the Cliff. Nikon D300, Nikon 70-200mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk Bh-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

Juniper at Sunset. Nikon D300, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray warming polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. (c)Chuck Lockett Photography

If you’re in nearby Grand Junction try the Great Harvest Bread Company for an incredible sandwich and cookies!

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  1. Gorgeous!