I was up early this morning to drive to Ault, Colorado, a small farming community about 30 minutes east of Fort Collins. Yesterday evening, I scouted out a promising location; an abandoned farmstead just north of Ault that seemed to have a good likelihood of providing a good foreground for a sunrise photograph. The forest fires in the western United States are creating smoke-laden haze that makes for bright red/orange sunrise and sunset scenes, and I was hoping for some cloud cover to complement the picture. To my delight, I found conditions quite favorable, and captured the image shown on the left. The large structure in the foreground is a grain elevator, familiar to all those born on the prairies.
As I was setting up for the landscape photograph, I noticed a family of great horned owls watching my every move. Changing from landscape to wildlife mode, I captured one of the owls sitting on the ridge of an old barn, looking at me. I wonder what he was thinking!