Friday Photos and Another Fire

This is why I love Colorado. While driving back from a hair appointment, I can gaze out the window at a view like this!

And this.

The clouds that day were unusual for two reasons. A fire is continuing to burn 40 miles away in the Rocky Mountain National Park and there was a heat inversion. That is when warm air is trapped by a cold upper air disturbance. Doesn’t that sound like I know what I am talking about?

Nature sometimes provides such beauty from devastation. Sunrises and sunsets have been glowing in shades of purple and mauve to fiery red-orange. There are more photographs to come.

It is not too late to join in the Use Me and Abuse Me Day – Dancing for Snow Edition. It is a rager! Now you know why we need the moisture. Just drop a link in my comment section and mingle the guests! Click on their links and tell them Susie sent you.

Have a great weekend. Try to stop for a moment to take in the beauty that surrounds you!

Are you a sunset picture taker?

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  1. Talking on the cellphone and texting while driving are now illegal and justly so, but taking pictures at 85mph should never be outlawed if you get great shots like this! I like the last photo with the extreme range of hues, including the streak of yellow.


    1. You will be surprised to hear that I actually pulled over to get these shots! 🙂
      Thanks so much! I have so many more. The particulate matter from the fire give the skies those extreme hues.


        1. Thank God you asked me John! My link was messed up. I found some info on The Huffington Post. The fire started on October 9th and as of Tuesday this week, it was only 40% contained. It is so dry and warm here. Dancing for snow!


  2. I can see why you love Colorado, and I’m totally blown away by the magnificent beauty of your sky photos. My only disappointment is that in the past, I’ve been able to click on your photos and see them full size in all their glory, but I’m not able to do that with your photos here. I know that WP just changed our media upload software, and we now need to choose the option under “Attachment Display Settings” to “Link To: Attachment Page” if we want our readers to be able to click on our photos to see them full size.

    And yes, you do seem to know what you’re talking about, with your description of a heat inversion. Lol 🙂

    Yes, I am a sunset picture taker, but I don’t think that I’ll ever take a better one than this one, that I took in Hawaii, in 2002. (hope this link works, or I’m going to look kinda silly here. lol)

    I can’t really take much credit for this photo as far as my own photographic skills – I was just in the right place at the right time, so I pointed my camera and clicked the shutter. The awesome majesty and incredible beauty of Nature deserves all the credit, and I was just a witness.


    1. It keeps spreading and today they were evacuating residents in Estes Park… so scary! We may have to turn on our sprinkler system. I will keep on dancing!
      Thanks so much M~!


            1. I wish we would get ANY weather. If I do I will try my best to keep it as long as possible.. 🙂 First they were saying Monday, then Thursday now it will be Saturday before we get any moisture here in Boulder… grumble…


  3. Love capturing sunrises and sunsets and rainbows. Beautiful photos:) Your party is a rager and gets so many bloggers together – love that -thanks! Have a Great One:) By the way I did a rain dance and it is just pouring here – danced too much – flooding predicted – YIKES!!!


  4. Susie, you knew exactly what you were talking about. “That is when warm air is trapped by a cold upper air layer”. With years of working with weather, reporting, forecasting, observing, I don’t think I’ve heard a simpler, more accurate description of the situation you described. By the way, the pictures were gorgeous. I envy you those sunsets as the “permacloud” is about to move into the central great lakes and sunshine will be sparse til springtime.
    How’s the dance going? Any success yet?


    1. Wow! Thanks so much for the compliment! I appreciate that. 🙂
      The skies have been extraordinary as the fire rages on in RMN Park. I guess the winds picked up yesterday while I was in the mountains.
      I am still dancing in hopes that a little precip comes our way!
      Thanks again!


  5. Susie, I’m blowing as hard as I can to send a little of our precipitation your way. Gorgeous sunsets are fine, but let’s put that fire out and get you a little snow. Cha cha cha (snow dance)


  6. Gorgeous skies! Those fires… blech. I hate fire, I really, really do. Dancing for rain, or snow. We had a full day of mist with some rain today and my lawn did a happy dance. I try to push some up to you!


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