Picture of the Day - September 2, 2009
"Alpenglow on Mt. Shuksan"
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Some of the finest landscape photographs published on this site are
the handiwork of master photographer Winston Rockwell, and today's
picture certainly fits nicely into that category. The following is
his story behind the image:
"Mt. Shuksan, in the North Cascades of Washington, is one of the
www.northwestnaturalimagery.com where you will find many more of
Mr. Rockwell's spectacular images.
most-photographed peaks in the country, and for good reason.
its rugged beauty, the availability of a lake for perfect
reflections, and easy accessibility to even handicapped
graphers, it offers opportunities few other places can match.
On this particular afternoon, I'd gone to the mountain on a weekday
just to get away for a while and to enjoy the scenery without the
massive crowds that usually converge on this spot on weekends.
spent most of the afternoon photographing the surrounding area,
came back to the aptly-named 'Picture Lake" for late afternoon
sunset. It took a couple of hours of waiting for just the right
moment, but I was able to capture the alpenglow on the mountain
the sun set.
Alpenglow is a very fleeting thing. It comes quickly, tinting the
slopes with shades of rose and ochre, then just as quickly
From the first hint of color till it fades back to gray,
the glow usually
lasts less than five minutes. If you want to
capture it, you have to
be ready and waiting when it comes. I was
fortunate on this day...
the alpenglow coincided with a
mirror-perfect reflection, and gave
me a wonderful opportunity to
capture another example of The
This world we live in is an amazing place, and I count myself
to be able to see and capture images like this one, which so
people will never get to experience except in photographs...
This photo was taken from a tripod with a Canon EOS 5D equipped
with a Tamron
SP24-135 lens. 41mm, 1/10 second @ f/11."
--Winston "Rocky" Rockwell
Name: Phyllis Helton
Town: Bristol, VA
Amazing photo. I would love to have a jigsaw puzzle of that one.
Name: Nathan Roundtree
Town: Sioux Falls, SD
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
This is definitely one of the most beautiful images I have ever seen
featured on this wonderful site. Mr. Rockwell, I LOVE your work.
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
Iíve come to expect nothing but the best from you, Rocky, and once
again my expectations have been beautifully met. Great shot.
Town: Spokane, WA
I have to whole heartedly agree with Gordonís comments here! This is
a spectacular photo Rocky. The Alpenglow is beautiful, as is the
rest of the photo. The reflection is just amazing here as it is very
close to as detailed as the actual mountain. Very well done indeed!!
Name: Susan McAllister
Town: Cleveland, TN
One more reason why I return to TodaysPhoto.org day in and day out.
Breathtaking photo as always Mr. Rockwell!
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