Despite this October weekend is fall as per the calendar, our weather hasn't been paying attention. In Denver there's been an inversion, meaning it's cold below freezing cold and it's not changing.

Up in the mountains above the cloud the sun is shining and the temperature is warmer. I know, I've been there.

Last night we drove through the cloud to spend the night at the Conifer Mountain house (ele. 9500). It was 15 degrees warmer there. No kidding.

Among a few other reasons, my main objective was to photograph dawn. Denver didn't see this, but I did and now you can enjoy it too:

Islands in the Clouds

Low hanging clouds obscured Denver, but from above the view appeared like an island in the sea.  The beautiful pre-dawn light softly warmed the horizon and the swarming clouds.

Oh the way down the hill, we took a drive to over to the south side of the mountain. There we could see Pikes Peak in the distance.  It looks like this:

A view of Pikes Peak from Conifer, ColoradoIt is a view like this that makes me glad to live in Colorado. I am so thankful that within a few minutes from my home I can see this whenever I wish.

Once again the low clouds hugged the valley offering a bright blue sky to those on an higher vantage.

How can a photographer's morning get any better?

I wanted to stay and take photos, but there was work to do at  home.  We continued downward, passing through the mountain community of Conifer. This is what we saw:Crystal Morning Conifer

The cloud that engulfed Conifer, froze the landscape, leaving a crystal winter wonderland. The area glistened in the light of day.

Conifer Frozen MeadowColorado weather is anything but normal.  We have learned to love its surprises both sweet and sour.  Most of the time it's very nice here.  As you can see even when the temperatures dip we are still rewarded with dazzling results!Conifer Welcome Sign

If you are thinking about moving to Colorado and the metro Denver area, may I suggest the close-in mountains of Conifer?

It just so happens that I know a few outstanding vistas!  Give me a call, I'll show them to you when we are house hunting!