Sunrise on the Hills

I stood upon the hills, when heaven’s wide arch
Was glorious with the sun’s returning march,
And woods were brightened, and soft gales
Went forth to kiss the sun-clad vales…

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sunrise on the Hills (excerpt)

Fly fishing and running are two of my favorite pastimes that give me good reason to stir before dawn and watch another glorious day unfold. The following photos were taken over two different days in the past few weeks while fly fishing for pike at Lake Ladora in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Tuesday, September 27 (on my 40th birthday)

The bright line (visible in the dark shadows just below the trees) is a large herd of whitetail deer swimming in the lake right in front of me. In the group of eight deer, there were two very large 10-12 pt bucks. Awesome sight.

Above is a (rather grainy photo) of the deer further away after the light grew strong enough for a photo. They were just swimming around for no apparent reason. They were not trying to cross the lake.

Tuesday, October 11

The light show didn’t last long this morning. I snapped a few pictures and it was gone. You can see the changes in the light between the first and second image which I took about 3 minutes apart.