Alex Mody Photography


Stormy Wetterhorn Sunset, Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado, USA

02.11.11 | 13 Comments

[Edit:Reprocessed and re-posted on 2/11/11.]

I’ve made my way down out of the mountains, and over to the desert for the remainder of my trip. Before leaving the San Juan Mountains, I did a few fun overnight backpacks by myself, including Wetterhorn Basin, Ice Lakes Basin, and Highland Mary Lakes. After that, I proceeded to get rained on and slide around in the mud for two consecutive days in New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands, and I’m currently in Page, Arizona.

Anyhow, I’d like to share a photo I took on a ~9 mile out-and-back overnight trip to Wetterhorn Basin, in Colorado’s Uncompahgre National Forest. I hiked up the steep, but manageable West Fork Pass with my 40 pounds of camping gear, food, water, and photo equipment, and moseyed along towards the upper reaches of the Wetterhorn Basin, where I found an extensive and beautiful field of Sneezeweed and Rosy Paintbrush flowers. I set up my camp nearby, and hunkered down in my tent for two hours of torrential monsoon downpours and lightning strikes that were quite honestly WAY too close for comfort. Throughout all of this, however, a small patch of clear sky remained on the western horizon, and I knew what that meant: if it stays there, I’ll have fantastic sunset/alpenglow light against the stormy skies. Luckily enough, the clear spot remained, and I was treated to this extraordinary light. I definitely didn’t think about the chance of there being a rainbow up there!


  • Chris Kayler says:

    Nice one man. Insane light!

  • Jack Brauer says:

    Gorgeous photo, perhaps the best I’ve seen from Wetterhorn Basin. And a sublime moment, as well… I know this since I was in a different part of the basin on the same evening! See my take of the sunset here: I’d trade it for yours in a heartbeat, though! Too bad I missed you there… maybe next time.

  • Great shot Alex. I really like this one. I ended up following you on the way to Wetterhorn but continued on toward Denver.

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