This was a sunset I shot on the spur of the moment while driving through the South Pass area of Wyoming a couple days ago. I didn’t realize then that it would be the last time I would see clouds and colorful skies for awhile. It’s been clear as a bell since, and the weather forecast for the entire western U.S. shows nothing but cloudless skies and hot weather for the foreseeable future.
I almost didn’t stop. But the light was so nice I couldn’t stop myself from pulling off on the shoulder and running up a nearby slope. There were low outcrops poking out of the prairie, tilted layers of sandstone covered with colorful lichen. It was the only foreground available in the open rolling terrain of southwestern Wyoming.
South Pass is where Interstate 80 passes over the Continental Divide. It’s by far the lowest and gentlest pass through the Rocky Mountains in North America. There are gentle passes to the south in New Mexico, but that is where the Rockies begin to peter out. South Pass has high rugged ranges both to the south and north.
I usually try to avoid interstates because of the dominance of tractor trailers, the difficulty of stopping when I see a shot, and because they generally pass through boring terrain compared to minor highways. I made an exception this time and chose South Pass because my van is running very hot on hills and needs to be looked at. The engine is almost new, so I’m not too happy about it. I’m headed back to the mechanic.
I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend. Have a great week ahead!