Getting Above It All in the Amazon Rainforest

We have been fortunate enough to take several trips into the Amazon Rainforest and to say that it is amazing is certainly an understatement. One of the most obvious things about visiting a rainforest is that you are likely to get rained on. Even when it isn’t raining, you are going to experience heat and humidity, so having proper clothing, what we refer to as our “jungle clothes”, is an absolute necessity. The other interesting thing is that the humidity will often cause the clouds to wrap themselves around the treetops and settle into the jungle itself while above them it is more clear.

Heading Down Towards the Rainforest
Eerie Views
Clouds Hanging on the Hillsides
Barely Able to See the Bird on the Tree

Because of the pockets of humidity, clouds, and changes in altitude, the views can be both ominous and beautiful. We obviously take lots of photographs during our trips and some of the pictures where we are actually above the clouds and not in an airplane are eerie, yet calming. Whether driving through the mountains or climbing to the top of the canopy, seeing the clouds floating below you is quite fascinating.

Above the Clouds
Standing with Our Guide, Clouds More Visible than Us
Clouds Drifting Downward Towards the Rainforest
Above the Scarlet Macaws as the Clouds Lift

At the time, of course, the clouds seemed like a bit of nuisance as we’re trying to scan the trees for birds, monkeys, sloths, or other wildlife. Looking back, however, the photographs seem interesting as the clouds contrast the dark jungle foliage. We have shared just a few of our pictures that we took from above the clouds during our time in the Amazon Rainforest.

Clouds Blanketing a Village
Contrasting Views
Colorful Scenery if You Could See It
View Driving Down Death Road

Variations of a Colorado Sunset

We love the sunsets that we get to see over the mountains of Colorado, they are especially vibrant during winter. As we watch the sun make its way toward the horizon, the skyline changes almost second by second. Just when we think that it can’t get any more spectacular, a minute later we are even more amazed. One of the places that we visit quite often has wonderful views of the mountains and we watched a couple of different sunsets over a two week period. After the sun made its way below the horizon, the sky turned to such a deep red in different ways on both occasions. We didn’t have our camera with us, so these photographs were taken with our phone. We have provided each sunset here in chronological order, so you’ll have to imagine enjoying a nice glass of wine and watching these beautiful sunsets.

Day One When the Sunset Caught Our Attention
Focusing on the Mountain Peaks
Reflecting Off of the Clouds
Absolutely Stunning with the Snow in the Foreground
One of the Last Views of Day One
Day Two as the Sun Dipped Below the Horizon
Starting to Reflect Against the Clouds
Changing from Yellow to Red
It was Like the Sky was on Fire
Final Views from Day Two

The Beauty of Colorado Sunsets

One of the things that we enjoy about living in Colorado are the amazing sunsets that we get to see almost all of the time. We enjoy seeing sunsets throughout out travels as well, but the ones that we see at home are equally impressive. Just like watching the sun set over water can be a mesmerizing experience, seeing the sun as it disappears behind the mountains is a very calming experience. We also get interesting clouds during the winter months and because they are often so low in the sky, it makes for an interesting contrast. Here are just a few of our favorite sunset photographs from here in Colorado.

Birds on the Treetops Watching the Sunset
Colorado Sunset
Sunset in Aspen
Sunset Over Pikes Peak
The Final Glow of Dusk