Favorite Photo, July 30

"Second Sunset", Colorado
“Second Sunset”, Brainard Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado. July 30, 2007.

Bob (my brother-on-law and photo buddy) and I were at Brainard Lake in hopes of capturing some nice landscape images. But it was cloudy and drizzly, and occasionally raining. We retreated to the car to eat a late snack/supper. We ate and talked and watched the rain drops on the windshield.

I looked at my watch and then checked The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) app on my phone. It said the sun was setting at Brainard Lake. But not for us. We were was socked in with clouds and drizzle. So we ate and talked and watched the sky.

About an hour after TPE said the sun dropped below the horizon the clouds began to break up and the drizzle stopped. We were treated to a rare “second sunset”. And part of the lake was calm enough to giver us a partial reflection. The light was gorgeous.

Long after the light from the first sunset fades away, you sometimes get a second sunset when conditions are just right. It happens when sunlight bounces off of clouds below the horizon that you can’t see, and then bounces again off of clouds you can see. This is one of my two most favorite photos for this date.

Least Chipmunk Eating Grass Seeds
Least Chipmunk near Long Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado. July 30, 2007

Earlier the same day we were photographing wildlife. This particular Least Chipmunk was scurrying around near the Long Lake parking lot and gathering grass seeds to eat. He had a few favorite places he would repeatedly go to eat the seeds, including this particular rock.

I waited until he was off gathering more seeds and pulled up about 15 feet from this rock, parked there, turned of the motor and waited quietly. Sure enough, he came eventually came back to this rock to eat more seeds, and I got my image. This is the second of my two most favorite photos for this date.

Swim Meet, SPECTACULAR, Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. July 30, 2004.

I caught this moment during a swim meet at SPECTACULAR. It is one of my favorite images for this date.

Sulavon, Columbus Ohio. July 30, 2008.

Sulavon came from St. Louis Missouri to Columbus Ohio so we could spend three days creating images. This non traditional portrait (eyes closed, back to the camera) is one of my favorite portraits and one of my favorite images for this date.


Series: Favorite Photos by Date – all about this series

The Photographer’s Ephemeris – With this app you can pick any date and any place on the planet and see when and at what direction the sun and moon will rise and set. The web app is free and there is a modest price for the smartphone version.

Brainard Lake Recreation Area