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4th of July Storm at Sunset on Trail Ridge Road

We wrapped up our first day of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and noticed the following:

1. A thunderstorm was approaching.

2. Sunset wasn't far away, either.

 

I figured we might get some interesting light on the Trail Ridge Road. I was snapping some pics of the alpenglow on mountains off to the East. I turned around to see perhaps the most amazing beam(s) of light in my life. The light lasted around 5 minutes until the rains came.

 

Honestly, that's about what it looked like in real life, although I recall the light being a bit more orange/red.

 

Auto White Balance. Minor mods in PS.

 

Used here:

staging.communitymx.com/content/article.cfm?cid=6128B

the-quote-file.blogspot.com/2008/02/impressive-dream.html

quazen.com/arts/photography/incredible-crepuscular-rays-s...

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Taken on July 4, 2007