A sliver of dawn on the prairie


Yesterday I was on the prairie north of Langdon.  When I left my home it was snowing steadily so I was unsure what an hour’s drive east would find.  As the night slipped away, clouds opened small, uneven windows to the morning’s early light.  It did not take long for the color to deepen while it painted more of sky.  The farm structure’s silhouette served as an anchor in the landscape while dawn pulled the day forward.


To the west, the full moon fell below the clouds as it slid towards the Rocky Mountains.  I found the alpenglow, the color of the clouds and the golden hue of the moon from the light pushing through a long stretch of the atmosphere to be absolutely beautiful.  A lovely way to start any day by my standards.


21 responses

  1. Excellent! While I live in the mountains I do appreciate the prairie. Driving across Kansas the last time I saw so many scenes I would like to go back and photograph.

    February 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

    • Thank you Denise. I truly hope your path leads you back to those scenes again, and new ones, with the time to photograph them.

      February 19, 2017 at 7:13 am

  2. Pingback: Flying low on the prairies | Christopher Martin Photography

  3. Beautiful

    February 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm

  4. Jenn

    Oh, what a moon😏😏

    February 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    February 12, 2017 at 10:18 am



    February 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

  7. Another name for the parallel bands of pink and blue in the last photo is “the belt of Venus.” When I see the moon captured like that, I always smile, and think, “It’s Venus’s belt buckle.”

    February 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    • Very cool – I haven’t heard that name before. I like it! Thank you for sharing.



      February 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      • Here’s a brief explanation from the wonderful AtmosphericOptics site. It’s my go-to site every time I see something in the sky that I haven’t encountered before. Besides that, it’s a fun site to just browse.

        February 12, 2017 at 5:44 pm

  8. Great capture 🙂 regards Alexander

    February 12, 2017 at 6:02 am

  9. Beautiful picture

    February 12, 2017 at 6:01 am

  10. Lovely!

    February 12, 2017 at 5:02 am

  11. The Greatest Things In Life

    So beautiful!! It is such an amazing thing to see and a good way to start the day!

    February 12, 2017 at 4:45 am

  12. Risto

    Impressive images, Christopher!

    February 12, 2017 at 2:22 am

  13. Such an explosion of color. Great capture

    February 12, 2017 at 2:21 am

  14. wow.

    February 12, 2017 at 2:16 am

  15. Perfect way to start the day in my books. Beautiful.

    February 12, 2017 at 2:11 am

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