This was sunrise, 29 June 2011. While it might look pretty, all of those clouds were a bad sign. In fact, the morning stayed cloudy until about 9:00 a.m.. I started climbing before 6:00 a.m., but by the time sunrise was supposed to take place, the light was rather dull, filtered through the clouds. Whenever a photo was shot looking westward, however, you will see clear blue skies in the photos. It was very frustrating. Some of the images still manifest some contrast, but not the kind one hopes for at this early morning hour.
Great Dunes National Monument Colorado