The sun was slow to rise this morning so I was thinking it was probably either snowing or very foggy. As it turns out it was both and the idea entered my head to just sit in the warmth of my house and enjoy my coffee.. but when it started to get light and I had a look at the beauty of what was going on outside I knew I was going to have to get out in it. I decided upon Eleven Mile Canyon,
thinking how beautiful it would be in all white and how amazing the eagles would look in such magnificence! Plus we are very close to the eagle migration, giving me even more hope that there would be eagles to photograph!
Well, by the time I got to the intersection of Teller 1 and Hwy 24 the snow and clouds were all gone and the sun was shining. But with only 8 miles to go to the canyon it didn’t make any sense to turn around. There were no eagles at the nest, no snow on the roads and no ice in the river, nothing to indicate that the winter day I envisioned was even a fantasy.
I drove all the way to the end of the canyon without seeing a composition or an eagle and just turned around. That’s when I saw this scene… it appeared that the fog had recently rolled out, leaving this beautiful delicate white frost on the branches of aspen trees along the canyon wall. So I took my eagle lens off and put on the 24-105 with the circular B&W polarizer and took a few shots. Lucky thing I did, those were the only compositions I saw all day!
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