Light pollution-free area, near Little Snake River, Colorado


Take a look at this sunset shot:

Sunset near Little Snake River, Colorado - Photo by Shannon Diszmang

Sunset on BLM land near the Little Snake River, in northwest Colorado. Photo by Shannon Diszmang, via Royal Gorge National Recreation Area.

Note from America’s Great Outdoors blog:

Earlier this year, the Royal Gorge Recreation Area staff had a photo contest on their Facebook page and here is one of the great photos that was submitted. Here’s what photographer, Shannon Diszmang, had to say about it.

“This is BLM land in Northwest Colorado (Little Snake River district). I fell in love with this place. The red haze in this photo is the smoke coming from the wildfires on the west coast at the time. This is one of the lowest light pollution spots in our state which makes star gazing the absolute best.”

So, if you’re nearby, and you want a good place to look at the Geminid meteor shower tonight, odds are high there will be little light pollution here.  If there aren’t many clouds, you’re in luck.

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P.S.: The stunningly beautiful photo above is NOT the winner of the photo contest(!).  BLM wrote in a November press release:

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – Today the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office announced the winners of its BLM-sponsored photo contest.  The two winners were decided by the public via the RGFO’s Facebook page: one winner is based on the most “likes” and the other is based on the most “shares.” Only those “likes” and “shares” that originated from the Royal Gorge Facebook page were tallied towards a winner.

Chris Nelson’s photo was the most “liked” and is a scenic shot taken from Chaffee County Road 175 between Cañon City and Salida. Nelson’s photo received 64 “likes.”

The most “shared” photo was submitted by David Madone and portrayed several deer in an alfalfa field near Cañon City. Madone’s photo received 20 shares.

Both photos will be featured on the RGFO’s Facebook page throughout November and may be featured in future BLM Colorado publications and social media sites.

The photo contest began Oct. 2 and ended Nov. 4 with more than 60 photos submitted. All the photos that were entered into the contest may be viewed via the “Photo Contest” album on the RGFO’s Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/BLMRoyalGorge

Yeah, were I you, I’d go see what the winners looked like.

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4 Responses to Light pollution-free area, near Little Snake River, Colorado

  1. […] About Pollution-Free: Light pollution-free area Pollution Free […]

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  2. onkelbob says:

    Like watershed, viewshed is an aspect that is expected to be accounted for when dealing with wilderness areas. One of the reasons you see the color scheme in government buildings.
    Don’t we always bring a bit of civilization with us? Although I go minimum impact, I go maximum comfort (two sleeping mats) too.

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    I always took great solace and satisfaction at being so far away from hard civilization, and being able to peek at it, undetected.

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  4. onkelbob says:

    Funny thing, light pollution. In Zion NP, Telephone Canyon, West Rim trail is a wonderful hike. One slight drawback is that because the height, one sees I-15. Of course you don’t realize that until evening when you see an odd brightness on the horizon, then as night falls you recognize the headlights on vehicles.

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