Journal: 10 February 2014: Sun And Fog In The Monument

After some heavy snow followed by a day of unseasonably (but not unreasonably) warm temperatures, clouds seemed to play among the sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument on the afternoon of February 10.  

Swirling clouds cleared from the Monument floor long enough for me to make this 8-image panorama.  A few minutes later...

Misty Panorama of Independence Monument

Swirling clouds cleared from the Monument floor long enough for me to make this 8-image panorama.  A few minutes later, all I could see from here was fog. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.

The wilderness character and proximity to a sizable urban area make the Colorado National Monument unique in the National Park...

Swirling Clouds around Independence

The wilderness character and proximity to a sizable urban area make the Colorado National Monument unique in the National Park Service system.  The clouds surrounding the base of Independence Monument completely obscure the city of Grand Junction, population ~60,000, that sits just a few miles away. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.

The wilderness character and proximity to a sizable urban area make the Colorado National Monument unique in the National Park...

Clouds, Independence Monument

The wilderness character and proximity to a sizable urban area make the Colorado National Monument unique in the National Park Service system.  The clouds surrounding the base of Independence Monument completely obscure the city of Grand Junction, population ~60,000, that sits just a few miles away. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.

Swirling clouds reveal only the top 150' or so of Independence Monument.

Sea of Clouds around Independence

Swirling clouds reveal only the top 150' or so of Independence Monument. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.

Clouds swirl up and around the red sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument on an unusually warm February afternoon...

Red Rock, Clouds

Clouds swirl up and around the red sandstone formations of the Colorado National Monument on an unusually warm February afternoon. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.

Fog rolled in, out, and back in during much of the afternoon on this unusually warm February day, making this scene from Grand...

Blue Sky and Clearing Fog

Fog rolled in, out, and back in during much of the afternoon on this unusually warm February day, making this scene from Grand View alternately breathtaking and completely enveloped with clouds. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.