65 Photos - Sep 22, 2011
Photo: Brilliant sunrise alpenglow on Chalt&eacute;n (aka Monte Fitz Roy) and Cerro Poincenot, as seen from Laguna de los Tres. Parque Nacional los Glaciares, Argentina - November.Photo: Sunrise over the San Juans, as seen from the summit of Wetterhorn Peak. &nbsp;At 14,015 ft. the summit rocks of Wetterhorn are lit by the sunrise alpenglow light before the earthshadow has even dropped below the horizon!Photo: A brilliant sunrise reflection at the middle Blue Lake - August.&nbsp;Photo: Sunset light on a remote peak in the the vast alpine tundra of the Uncompahgre Wilderness (formerly known as the Big Blue Wilderness) of the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.widerange.org/gallery/san-juan-mountains/&quot;&gt;San Juans&lt;/a&gt;.Photo: A brilliant sunset beams through the Uncompahgre River valley. &nbsp;The town of Ridgway is located below the sunset; Ouray would be down in the valley to the left. &nbsp;As seen from along the Horsethief Trail, August.Photo: Golden sunset light shines on the north face of Capitol Peak, 14,130 ft.&nbsp;Photo: A spectacular sunset behind Capitol Peak (14,130 ft.) as seen from the summit of K2 (which is actually more of just a subpeak [13,664 ft.] on a huge ridgeline of Capitol).&nbsp;Photo: Nighttime lights of Cortina d' Ampezzo illuminate the mountains above town on a snowy November night.&nbsp;Photo: Later afternoon light on snowy Cimon della Pala, as storm clouds clear off - December.&nbsp;Photo: The nighttime lights of the town of Grindelwald shine in the fog, while Wetterhorn (3692m) towers above in the moonlight - December.Photo: A spectacular winter sunset over the Black Forest and the plains around Freiburg far below - December.&nbsp;Photo: Moonlight illuminates the Matterhorn as a winter storm clears.&nbsp;Photo: Favorite Mountain PhotosPhoto: Moon, sunflowers, and &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.widerange.org/search/?q=wetterhorn%20peak&quot;&gt;Wetterhorn Peak&lt;/a&gt;, in the dusk glow in July.Photo: Sunrise light on &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.widerange.org/search/?q=wetterhorn%20peak&quot;&gt;Wetterhorn Peak&lt;/a&gt;, with Matterhorn Peak to the left. &nbsp;Uncompahgre Wilderness, July.&nbsp;Photo: Favorite Mountain PhotosPhoto: Brilliant alpenglow on Snowmass Peak and Snowmass Mountain (14,092 ft.), reflected in Snowmass Lake - July.&nbsp;Photo: A brilliant sunset above Animas Mountain deep in the Weminuche Wilderness, August.&nbsp;Photo: An incredible sunrise light show at a high lake in the Weminuche Wilderness. &nbsp;These surreal clouds formed&nbsp;out of a clear sky in a matter of minutes right during the brilliant sunrise light. &nbsp;The mountains here are&nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.widerange.org/photo/windom-peak-summit/&quot;&gt;Windom Peak&lt;/a&gt; (14,083 ft., left) and &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.widerange.org/photo/sunrise-on-sunlight/&quot;&gt;Sunlight Peak&lt;/a&gt; (14,059 ft., right).Photo: Dawn reflection at Alice Lake.Photo: Red sunset light on Sundial Peak - August. &nbsp;In the foreground is the red glacier-scoured rock that surrounds Lake Blache. &nbsp;Shortly after taking this photo, thunder clouds and lightning came over the ridge into the basin, sending us running for our lives down into the forest!Photo: Afternoon sunlight beams on the Maroon Bells fourteeners, as seen from high in Fravert Basin - July.<br><br>The dark storm clouds were starting to rumble, so immediately after taking this picture, I packed up my gear as quickly as possible and ran a half mile to the shelter of the nearest trees.  The next three or four hours were spent inside the tent listening (and feeling) the cracking booms of lightning and thunder.Photo: Sunrise alpenglow reflection of Cerro Torre, 10174 ft., in Lago Torre. In this perpetually windy region, calm lake reflections are a very rare treat, especially in a lake this large.<br><br>The enormous scale of these mountains is difficult to comprehend; consider that Cerro Torre towers 7,000 feet above this lake!  Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina - November.Photo: Full moon at Columbine Lake, July.Photo: Sultan Mountain (13,368 ft) on the left, Bear Mountain (12,987 ft.) at high right, the <a href="http://www.widerange.org/search/?q=needle%20mountains">Needle Mountains</a> in the distant shadows, and the <a href="http://www.widerange.org/search/?q=grenadier%20range">Grenadier Range</a> in the left distance. &nbsp;As seen from almost 13,000 feet, above Silverton, after as a September snow storm cleared.Photo: Sunrise light illuminates the Crestone Needle, 14,197 feet, as seen from the summit of Broken Hand Peak, 13,573 feet. &nbsp;June.&nbsp;Photo: Cuernos del Paine rise more than 8,000 feet straight above Lago Nordenskjold in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile - December.<br /><br />This photo was taken on an eerily calm day (you can see the lake is still). The clouds looked stormy, but nothing was happening. The whole atmosphere had a strange calm feeling, like being in the eye of a storm. Sure enough, during my hike back from here that same day, the wind unleashed with fury, as if trying to make up for lost opportunities.Photo: Moonlit mountains and the last colors of sunset, as seen from the summit of Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado at 14,440 feet, Sawatch Range, February. I spent three hours on the snowy summit on this calm winter night, in awe of our planet, before I made my way down under the moonlight.Photo: Pigeon and Turret Peaks, of the <a href="search.php?q=needle%20mountains">Needle Mountains</a>, tower above this remote alpine lake in the San Juan Mountains - JulyPhoto: Sunset alpenglow on Ladd Peak, as seen from the Green River in Three Forks Park - July.<br /><br />This valley is absolutely incredible; never have I seen such a large meandering river so deep in the mountains. There's about 6 or 7 major basins that empty into this valley upstream from here.Photo: Photo: A gorgeous sunrise over snowy Ice Lakes Basin, November.Photo: Sunrise reflection in Ice Lakes Basin - July.Photo: Photo: Photo: Dawn reflection of <a href="photo.php?id=757&amp;gallery=sanjuans">Mount Eolus</a> in a high lake in the <a href="search.php?q=needle%20mountains">Needle Mountains</a>, San Juan Mountains - SeptemberPhoto: At the end of a dreary overcast day the sun shines a fiery sunset through a gap under the clouds. &nbsp;The famous Strandatindan, or Stranda peak, rises up on the right side of the photo. &nbsp;As seen from Bl&aring;fjellet, a small mountain near the village of Kjerring&oslash;y which is north of Bod&oslash;.Photo: This place was one of the more unique landscapes I've seen on Earth - an immense secluded beach surrounded on both sides by sheer granite peaks.<br /><br />When I first arrived at the beach, I kicked off my boots to go for a wade in the water. &nbsp;One ankle-deep step into the frigid water painfully froze my foot and I jumped back to the dry sand where I spent the next 10 minutes trying to rub away the numbness. &nbsp;Stupid me.Photo: Storm clouds lifted just in time for me to capture this dramatic sunset on the snowy summit of Galdh&oslash;piggen, the tallest mountain in Norway at 2469m (8100 ft.).  Jotunheimen National Park.Photo: Otertind is silhouetted by the summertime midnight sky in northern Norway.Photo: Panoramic view of Kjerkfjorden and the fishing village of Reine, on Moskenes&oslash;ya island, part of the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway.Photo: The fishing village of Reine is on Moskenes&oslash;ya Island, perhaps the most rugged and impressive of the Lofoten Islands. &nbsp;This rare calm day provided the opportunity I was hoping for to photograph the reflection of the village and the massive peak behind it. &nbsp;Every person around here this morning was just in awe of the scene.Photo: Stetind is a remarkable peak in Norway (Norway's &quot;national mountain&quot; in fact) rising abruptly 1392m (4564 ft.) above an arm of the Tysfjord southwest of the town of Narvik, in northern Norway.&lt;br /&gt;
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I was lucky to catch this nice sunset; I was camped out here for 3 days, and except for this brief sunset it rained pretty much the whole time.&lt;br type=&quot;_moz&quot; /&gt;
&lt;br /&gt;Photo: Storm clouds clear off the massive <a href="photo.php?id=1149">Trollveggen</a> face, as seen from the top of the Trollstinden, far above the Romsdalen valley near Andalsnes.<br /><br />I hiked up this mountain (a 1000m, or 3300 ft. hike) in the dark three pre-dawn mornings in a row to catch the best light on this incredible mountain. &nbsp;This photo here, as well as <a href="photo.php?id=1149">this one</a>, are the fruits of that labor.Photo: Misty clouds stream in from the west side of the divide, as Aoraki / Mt. Cook overlooks.  This mountain is the tallest in New Zealand, at a height of 3754m, or 12,316 ft.Photo: The jagged peak of Mt. Balloon cuts through the clouds on Mackinnon Pass, the high point of the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mountainphotographer.com/milford-track/">Milford Track</a>, New Zealand's most famous mountain tramp.Photo: the turquoise waters of &Ouml;l&uuml;denizPhoto: An awesome September sunset over the town of <a href="http://www.widerange.org/search/?q=ouray">Ouray</a>, Colorado.Photo: Baita Segantini and the Pale di San Martino  group, near San Martino di CastrozzaPhoto: Torres del Paine rise over 8000 feet above Lago Pehoe - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile - December.Photo: Sunset at the spectacular Laguna Carhuacocha. The three center peaks, from left to right, are Yerupaja (Peru's second highest peak at 6617m or 21,709 ft.), Yerupaja Chico (6089m), and Jirishanca (6094m).Photo: Colorful tents and nighttime stars at our camp below moonlit Jirishanca (6094m).&nbsp;Photo: waterfalls at Plitvicka Jezera National ParkPhoto: Red Mountain No. 2. San Juan Mountains - SeptemberPhoto: autumn vista of the <a href="search.php?q=sneffels%20range">Sneffels Range</a> and its numerous golden aspen groves, Colorado - OctoberPhoto: Sunset light shines on <a href="search.php?q=mt.%20sneffels">Mt. Sneffels</a> - June.Photo: Post-sunset ambient light illuminates the rocks on the summit of <a href="search.php?q=mt.%20sneffels">Mt. Sneffels</a>, September.Photo: Sunset reflection of Mt. Valhalla in a small lake at the head  of the South Rock Creek valley in the Gore  Range near Silverthorne - October.&lt;br /&gt;
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This is a remote part of the Eagles Nest Wilderness where no trails exist and one must bushwhack through a long valley filled with marshy bogs to get here.  The reward is absolute solitude in a surrounding cirque of towering peaks.Photo: Brilliant sunset alpenglow light on the Grand Teton, 13,770 feet, and Mount Owen, 12,928 feet, as seen from Cascade Creek to the northwest - July.<br /><br />This was during a three night backpacking loop through Grand Teton National Park.  It had been overcast and drizzling all day long, but I set up my camera anyways just before sunset time, just in case.  Sure enough, I started noticing hints of warmer light on the peaks, and within five minutes, the sun dropped into a gap between the thick cloud cover and horizon, lighting up the peaks like a fiery spotlight.  It was some of the most amazing light I've ever witnessed.Photo: Two ibex lounging on the grass, JulyPhoto: sunset from Triglavski Dom on Triglav - July. The peak in the distance is Razor.Photo: Winter sunrise along the Uncompahgre River, on a frigid bluebird December morning.Photo: yellow flowers and Warbonnet Peak, Cirque of the Towers - AugustPhoto: For #MountainMonday curated by +Michael Russell , here's a photo from the Dolomites in Italy last winter. The mountains there are like sculptures; each one has it's own unique fantastic form.Photo: Full moon light illuminates Ruchstock (2812m) and Hasenstock - Swiss Alps, February. In this 30-second exposure, at the left is the last light of dusk, and at the right is the glow of city lights under low cloud cover.