The Visual West - Image 7

 

The west side of the Colorado Rockies has its own unique weather patterns. Winter storms that smother the mountains to the east in dense, gray clouds, often break up over the valleys, leaving seams of clear sky that, at sundown, produce spectacular light shows. This shot includes a lower flank of Grand Mesa above Hotchkiss, Colorado.

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Paul Larmer, the Executive Director of High Country News, lives outside Paonia, Colorado.