Dawn Atop Steptoe Butte
These images are probably some of my all time favorites. from a morning I will never forget !
Headed up Steptoe Butte before sunrise and got to the top just as the sun peaked over the distant mountains.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper image. And some of today’s images deserve to be seen in the larger format. I might also note that all images that appear on this blog are seriously degraded from the originals by compression and downsizing in order to have them load at a reasonable rate.
First, just the faintest light hits the rolling fields, just barely highlighting the tops of the hills.
Then, gradually the light intensifies, as do the shadows and colors.
Quite a thrill to watch the light slowly creep across the rolling wheat fields far below, with even the smallest of rises at first casting long shadows in the morning light. Just an incredible scene to witness for the first time.
You probably have guessed that I am quite fascinated by textures and shadows. These eleven images are culled from over a hundred shot in the space of just an hour and a half this morning.
Eventually, the sun’s angle rises enough so that the scene’s contrast starts to diminish and the colors start to fade.
That’e quite a long shadow cast by that lone tree.
The wind farm to the north just as the turbines started to turn.
Drove back out on the backroads at dusk and was amazed at the number of deer that emerged from nowhere and were out foraging in the fields, small herds of 6 or 8 everywhere as well as singles out and about.
Saw perhaps 100 does and their young, yet only two or three bucks, at least only two or three with antlers large enough to distinguish them from the females at a distance.
Also took a trip into the small town of Colfax and checked out what turned out to be a very nice local grocery store with great selection and decent prices. While there I filled up the Prius with gas at $3.48/gal, about 50 cents cheaper than anything I saw on the west side of the state.
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