Rabbit Mountain Sunrise/Rabbit Redux

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Schusskabob, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. Schusskabob

    Schusskabob TalkEmount Regular

    May 14, 2014
    Colorado, USA
    About a 30 minute drive north of here is an area of hiking/biking trails called Rabbit Mountain, which is part of Boulder County Parks and Open Space. One of the features there is a ridge along the eastern edge with great views of the plains and of the rising sun. The challenges are that it's a 45-55 minute hike from the trail head and that the ridge area is only open from mid July to mid December due to golden eagle nesting. Also, in order to catch the sunrise it means starting out hiking at about 5:30 ....in the dark...and alone (nobody else was willing to join me on this...thought I was nuts!). Of course, at 5:30 you don't even know what the sunrise will be like, so that's a gamble, too. Undeterred, I went for it ...twice, no less! The first day was pretty okay....

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    On the second day I went straight for the old dead trees....

    Also, had a few more clouds to reflect the light...

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    Another challenge in doing this is that you have very little time to work, as the light changes very quickly. I'd love to go back there again (might be interesting with snow on the ground) but the ridge is now closed until next year.

    Thanks for looking,

    Most of the shots were with the Sony/Zeiss 24mm, Sony 10-18mm and Konica Hexanon 40mm.
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    What a lovely place to see the sun come up.
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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Yup, these are lovely! Well done :thumbup:
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