Alpenglow (from GermanAlpenglühen) is an optical phenomenon. When the Sun is just below the horizon, a horizontal red glowing band can sometimes be observed on the opposite horizon. Alpenglow is easiest to observe when mountains are illuminated but can also be observed when the sky is illuminated through backscattering.

Steamboat Mountain yesterday evening.

I like this photo because it shows how large the ski mountain is, and can see it’s true fall lines. Also, Storm Peak, hidden in the clouds appropriately enough, is where Collin and I have been getting some of the deepest tree skiing in a long time. They got 9 inches unexpectedly at the top… and 11 more last night.

Fish Creek Canyon; adjacent to Steamboat Mountain.

General revelation often comes to mind when I am in the mountains. Skiing thru absolute beauty and power is cathartic for me and is a healthy reminder of who is in charge in this crazy world. I remember reading the verse below last year, and how it so simply articulated my experiences in nature through out my life. It continues to this day, yet with the accompanied gift of Special revelation too.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”


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