The end of the year is quickly approaching which always brings lists of the top moments, events, occurrences and such from the current year. I spent some time reflecting on the year which was 2011 and while doing so picked seven images from Denver, Colorado as “7 Images in ’11”. The seven images below are in chronological order during the course of the year.
Republic Plaza Reflection
Near one of the longest days of the year in terms of sunlight, I headed out for some early morning photography in the Denver area with a group of photographers. As we stood on the corner of 17th and Broadway, I noticed the reflection of Republic Plaza and after moving back and forth along the curb came up with the above composition. For the next few hours we explored just outside the downtown area and some of the great architecture new and old which can be found in Denver.
Tennyson Streetscape Project
Business owners along Tennyson Street in The Berkeley District may remember 2011 as the year of the streetscape project. Due to some issues with utility lines in the area there was a delay in the project which led to part of the street being an active construction zone for longer than expected. Once the utility line issues were resolved, Concrete Works of Colorado did a great job to get the project moving at full speed. The above image was the morning of the first large concrete pour along the street as everyone was preparing for the convey of cement trucks which would end up on Tennyson Street.
Lakeside Amusement Park Closing Weekend
The end of summer marks the final ride of the season for the Cyclone. I had meant to photograph outside Lakeside during the summer, but found myself spending a few days outside of the park on the final weekend it was open this past year. On one of the evenings, the sunset exploded in color which led to the above image symbolizing the final ride for the year. In just over four months, the Lakeside will open once again for a summer of fun.
Denver Skyline Sunrise
The first day of the Thirty Days 2011 project was greeted with an amazing sunrise over Denver. With daylight savings not yet ending for 2011, sunrise was around 7:30 A.M. in early November. As I waited for the sun to rise over the city, a front also moved in bringing the clouds in the image. Thirty minutes prior to this image the skies were clear, and it was just a fortunate chance of the system moving in at that time. The next day there was measurable snow in the Denver area, which would be the only snowfall in the month of November.
Berkeley Lake Denver
Berkeley Lake in northwest Denver took on a different look during 2011 as it was drained for a construction project in the park. As the water slowly drained old posts from a pier started to appear. While this was taking place many people headed to the lake in search of treasures with their metal detectors as well. During November, I headed to the lake to check it out and walking around in some of the muck which was the lake bottom captured the above image as part of the Thirty Days 2011 project. The project is schedule to be completed in 2012, when the lake will be filled and refilled with more treasures for future generations to discover.
Veterans Days 2011
Once on Veterans Day, I visited Fort Logan National Cemetery. For each of the past five years, I have headed to this location and I always for a different image to take each year. This year I noticed a tree in the distance while walking around which was still full of fall foliage. Playing with a few angles, I decided to get my camera quite low to the ground (without kneeling, due to the numerous geese which own the grounds) and play with a little different perspective this year. The lenticular clouds also provided for an interesting sky on this day.
Walking around Denver on a fall morning I was looking for something which I had not noticed in the past while exploring with my camera. On this November morning I noticed the light was mostly straight down the the numbered streets in the downtown area (if you are not familiar with downtown Denver they run on a SE/NW direction). I took advantage of this direct light on Union Station and other buildings, but as I was walking back towards my car I spotted the strong sun on the above image. With street construction in the area, I was able to stand in a recently completed area which was still closed to traffic and capture the image as part of the Thirty Days 2011 project.
I hope you enjoyed the seven images which were selected from 2011, and I wish you the best during the holidays this year.