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12/02/12: Featured in the group “Great Plains of North America”
Mount Sneffels (14,150 feet) is regarded by many as Colorado’s (USA) most beautiful mountain. A stunning collection of spires and pinnacles, and seeming to have perfect symmetry, Sneffels moves the hearts of mountain lovers – including this one – the world over. Second only to mammoth Uncompahgre Peak, highest of the San Juan range, Sneffels is affectionately known as the “Queen of the San Juans.” Gracing one of the most beautiful areas found anywhere, Sneffels appears in countless calendars and postcards. Sneffels has also made impressive appearances in a number of films, including “How the West Was Won” and “True Grit,” where it is seen in gorgeous vistas from Dallas Divide, Log Hill Mesa, and the Owl Creek Pass area.
Personally, I find Sneffels irresistable. Whether I’m making photographs of the mountain in one of its many moods, or just passing by, I’m drawn to it like no other mountain in Colorado. This image of Mount Sneffels was captured on an early October morning at sunrise, just as the pastel colors of autumn were reaching their peak. That’s Cirque Mountain (13,686 feet), barely visible on the far left in the distance, with Sneffels presiding over it all. I love how the monochromatic hues of the mountains, shrouded in snow squalls, contrast with the warm colors in sunshine nearby.
The photo was made using a Canon EOS 50D digital body, an EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens (or full frame equivalent of 160mm), at f/16 for 1/4 second at 100 ISO.
San Juan Mountains