Well here it is, the last day of my Five Day Challenge on Google+. I’ve been posting a new black and white photograph for each of the last five days. For my last day, I thought I would end with my favorite mountain, Longs Peak.
This was another classic moment where preparation met opportunity. I had been photographing – quite unproductively – the boulders in the water at Lake Haiyaha in Rocky Mountain National Park. Feeling frustrated, I adjourned for the day and began the two mile or so hike back to the trail head. Rounding a bend in the trail, I happened by chance to look over my shoulder and caught this grand vista. The sun was already down over the horizon and the light was fading fast, so I quickly (but calmly) set up my tripod to make some captures. I only got two before the light was off the peak entirely, and it was all over in about five minutes.
This all happened on Labor Day here in the U.S., so I called the image “Longs Peak, Last Day of Summer.” Since today is Day Five of my Five Day Challenge, I’m temporarily calling it, for today only, “Longs Peak, Last Day of My Five Day Challenge.”