Friday, December 19, 2014

A Distant Pikes Peak Sunset

I finished up work around 3:30PM today, the end of a rather long week dealing with things that sometimes made me wonder about my life's choices.

To clear my head, I headed out around fifteen minutes later and took the back roads to the town of Parker.  Once there, I was in the beginning portion of the evening traffic rush.  Surrounded by massive SUVs and cagers preoccupied with getting to their own homes, I rode south on CO State Highway 83 to and then through Parker.

I transited through the next town, Franktown, several minutes later with the sun dipping ever lower into the western horizon.  I wondered if I would be in time to catch the sunset's light on distant Pikes Peak.

Soon I was passing by the main entrance to the Cottonwood Canyon State Park and parking Scarlett on the small parking area where one can observe Pikes Peak, about 30 miles away as the crow flies.

The sun was just beginning to touch the front range mountain peaks as I started taking pictures.  The sun's angle this time of year precluded it setting behind Pikes Peak of course, so I had to make do with incidental lighting.

I rode home in darkness, back to the town of Parker and now the second half of the evening traffic rush.  Got home with no issues, I think perhaps the time to try a photo of the above spot is before late morning hour when the sun is shining fully upon Pikes Peak.


SonjaM said...

Aren't we all at one point thinking doubt life's choices, and how things could have turned out differently? I believe the stunning sunset shot made everything right. At least for the moment.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks for your comment and kind words SonjaM!

RichardM said...

I wonder the same thing, often. Maybe too often… But at least I don't have to think about it in stop and go traffic.

I like the colors and lighting in your photo.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks RichardM, I tell my sons to not go into IT, to get honest work instead....:)