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Picture of the Day - September 2, 2009

"Alpenglow on Mt. Shuksan"

Photo of a beautiful alpenglow on Mount Shuksan.
Photo courtesy of Winston Rockwell.                     (Click on the photo for a larger view)

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
    most-photographed peaks in the country, and for good reason.
    Between its rugged beauty, the availability of a lake for perfect
    reflections, and easy accessibility to even handicapped photo-
    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.
    I'd spent most of the afternoon photographing the surrounding area,
    and came back to the aptly-named 'Picture Lake" for late afternoon
    and 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
    as 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 disappears.
    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
    Artist's handiwork.

    This world we live in is an amazing place, and I count myself blessed
    to be able to see and capture images like this one, which so many
    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
Please visit where you will find many more of Mr. Rockwell's spectacular images.
Visitor Comments...
    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.
    Name: Gordon Brugman
    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.
    Name: Ron Trees
    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 day in and day out. Breathtaking photo as always Mr. Rockwell!

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