Sunrise/Sunset

Project Athena - Day 42 (Sunrise/Sunset)

A Piece of Heaven Along the Devil's Backbone

I don’t want anybody to stand between the individual and existence. No prayer, no priest — you alone are enough to face the sunrise.
— Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

I witnessed a beautiful sunrise this morning. I am feeling my love for the morning light grow like a summer garden. Each time the alarm sounds at 4am, I am a little less grumpy and a bit more excited about getting up to go shoot. This morning's light made the short night worth it. It was healing, warm, and welcomed me to a bliss-filled day.

Morning Breaks at Devil's Backbone, Loveland, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 55mm • F/36 • 1/3s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 41 (Sunrise/Sunset)

Front Range Sunset

Take inventory of blessings, feel grateful and be kind to one another.
— Me

Living along the Front Range of The Colorado Rockies definitely has it's perks. The days are warm and sunny (usually), the nights are cool and with brilliant stars, the insects are minimal (which is cool unless you are shooting insects as a theme), and the sunsets are gorgeous with shades of pink, red, and orange.

I particularly love the back roads from Loveland to Boulder where this shot was taken tonight. There is still farm land and open space.

These are things that make me smile.

Front Range Sunset

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/22 • 1/20s • ISO 100

Project Athena - Day 39 (Sunrise/Sunset)

Tinman Shootout at Sundown

When a man’s an empty kettle,
He should be on his mettle,
And yet I’m torn apart.
Just because I’m presumin’
That I could be kinda human
If I only had a heart.
— Tinman from Wizard of Oz

Another rainy day in Northern Colorado and I am beginning to think I picked the "wrong" theme for the week. So here's another one from the archives....

Smiling cause I got this done early and now I get to go have a beer with my wife.

Masonville, CO    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 30mm • F/29 • 1/25s • ISO 200

Masonville, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 30mm • F/29 • 1/25s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 38 (Sunrise/Sunset)

A Colorado Sunrise

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
— Rumi

I drove to the mountains today looking for THE wildlife/sunset shot of a lifetime. Instead, I experienced a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park during a refreshing, long rain with lightening, and then I watched some elk graze in a gorgeous meadow as the sun set. Somehow, I came away with no pictures that actually fit the theme this week. There was the one of the bull elk drooling buckets of slime down the side of his mouth as he chewed on his grassy dinner...but that would have really been a stretch of the imagination to make it work here.

Maybe there will be a week of "outtakes" and you'll get to see it then. For now, this is from my Sunday morning shoot.

Smiling

Colorado Ranch    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 36mm • F/32 • 2s • ISO 800

Colorado Ranch

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 36mm • F/32 • 2s • ISO 800

Project Athena - Day 36 (Sunrise/Sunset)

When the Morning Comes

When the morning comes
I will hold her in my arms,
I will touch the rising sun
And drink the dawns sweet charms.

When the noontide comes
I will watch him steal the morn,
Watch him trying leisurely
To keep the night unborn.

Circles and velvet skies
Shadows following light,
Each day the world turns around
I feel my soul taking flight.

Circles and velvet skies
Shadows following light,
Watch this love pierce the dark
And bring the sun through the night.

When the evening comes
I will sigh and let him by
There’s no time for him to linger
No time to set aside.
He must hasten to catch the dawn
Like a runner in a race
When he comes into her light
He’ll touch and then embrace.

Circles and velvet skies
Shadows following light,
Each day the world turns around
I feel my soul taking flight.

Circles and velvet skies
Shadows following light,
Watch this love pierce the dark
And bring the sun through the night.
— Lori Beaty (2008)

A Sunrise Watering

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 32mm • F/9 • 1/640s • ISO 400