I had my entire day and picture all planned out, but about 7pm I realized that no matter what picture I had planned on getting (and actually got) earlier, the Peak had a completely different plan for me. They opened the Pikes Peak Highway all the way to the summit for the first time in a very long time, so I headed up there to get the shot I had in mind. When you are standing at 14,110 feet, you can see a lot of things, and I could see from the moment I got up there that at some point tonight the sun would actually dip below the clouds and make for something special. Just as I had anticipated, about an hour before sunset the entire Ute pass became a magnificent blend of shadows, highlights and colors. Most people think the magic happens after the sun goes down, but more often than not it’s that balance between the colorful clouds above and beautiful light below, that turns out to be the best part of the sunset… and tonight, I was lucky enough to find that moment!

~The Pikes Peak Guy

~Pro Specs: ISO 100, Focal Length 32mm, Aperture f/9, Shutter Speed 1/60 sec.

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