West Elk Wilderness Sunrise

Ohio Pass is not only a great place for astrophotography, it’s also an amazing place to view a sunrise, especially in the fall.  The West Elk Wilderness in the valley below the pass is one large sea of aspens with views of the West Elk Mountains and the Castles to the west. It’s an amazing sight.

Chris Nitz, Lee Brown and myself spent the evening before up late doing some astro-photography here on Ohio Pass and decided that sleep would be sacrificed and so we got up early and came back out to Ohio Pass to catch the sunrise. There is just something special about this view of the West Elk Wilderness. I captured this image just as the first light of the day touched the tip of The Castles, top of the snow-covered peaks and the tips of a row of aspens just below. I love the contrast that this scene created.

West Elk Wilderness Sunrise
Sunrise at Ohio Pass overlooking the West Elk Wilderness – Click to Enlarge

Capture Notes:

  • Jimmy Denham

    Special indeed! Beautiful image Rick!

  • chrisnitz

    Wow, that long lens brought a whole new perspective on this. Man that was a great morning, even with the lack of sleep!

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Great morning, great friends!

  • RickLouiePhoto

    Thanks, Jimmy!

  • ljsaltiel

    Love the layering of light and shadow Rick.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Len!

  • Rachel Cohen

    Lovely layers with the fall foliage all the way through to the snow covered mountains! Beautiful capture Rick! 🙂

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks so much Rachel!

  • Michael Criswell

    Nice Rick, I love that row of trees at the bottom