Routt National Forest, Colorado // Heaven tends to be associated with the sky; looking up into the therapeutic pure gradient blue on a day like this, I can see why. It's a comfortable curtain over the overwhelming expanse of the infinite star-universe beyond, and it's the residence of the whole planet's solar fusion engine. The plants reach for it to live, and we live because the plants do. We're celebrating Thanksgiving soon, so, to the sky, thanks!
Hahns Peak Lake, Colorado
Lake Elbert, Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO
Sometimes you can live in the shadow of a mountain so long that you forget about the clear sky beyond it. After a long day of packing, my companions began to relax and make camp near the lake but, with the sun getting low I figured it wasn't quite time for me to rest. Making my way up a nearby hill, I realized that the whole valley was in its shadow, leaving an imprint of its ridgeline on the opposite slope. I was even more glad when I got to the top of the hill, and got to witness a transcendentally stunning sunset which was entirely invisible to my friends down by the lake.