The end of another year is quickly approaching which always brings lists of the top moments, events, occurrences and such from the current year. I spent looking at images which I posted in 2012 and in doing so picked five images from around Denver, Colorado. The five images below are in chronological order during the course of the year.
During a sizable snowfall in early February, I made my way to Sloans Lake which is west of downtown Denver. Walking around in the snow I headed to an area of trees when I saw this one along the lake. The tree next to the water with the snow still falling is what grabbed my attention. One of the items to watch while photographing in the snow is where you are walking as the trail you make could end up being in the next picture you want to take. For this image it was not an issue, and I was also careful just in case I wanted to head back later to photograph some more.
It was a record high of 84 degrees on a Sunday in March. It is spring in Denver, Colorado Yes, it then snowed on Monday night into Tuesday producing scenes like this around the city. When I woke up that Tuesday morning and looked out the window I knew I would be heading to Washington Park with my camera to photograph the tree I first found in a similar scenario on May 1, 2008. I did photograph that tree but decided to explore the park for a little while as the wet snow continued to fall. The tree above is one I first found in early 2008 and went looking for it in the snow. It was closer to my car then I remembered, which threw me off a little bit but after spending some time looking for a good angle created this image prior to heading home.
Sunflowers near Denver International Airport
August is the time of year when fields of sunflowers on the eastern plains of Colorado attract photographers. The main challenge is finding where they are located as it changes each year. This year I found a field of sunflowers south of Denver International Airport near their peak. I spent a couple of afternoons photographing in this area. The image of this sunflower is the isolation of the forward sunflower as it leads the rest of the field towards the eastern sky. It is easy to lose track of time while photographing a field like this with so many options in a close space.
During the equinox there had been smoke from fires in the west as well as some much needed rain in Denver. On one day just after the start of fall, I took advantage of the clear skies to capture sunrise over Denver. At this time of the year the view from Sloans Lake allows the sun to rise directly over the buildings in downtown Denver. Preparing for this at the western edge of the park I position myself close to where I felt the sun would be over the city when creating this image.
In October the fall colors around the Denver metro area have been peaking. As the color peaked I went out to photograph around the city and captured this image in Lakewood, just west of Denver, during that time. Standing at the edge of the lake the color of the trees being reflected was vibrant and to add to this effect I moved my camera a little to add some blending of the colors in the image.