I had to head back to Laramie a day early and wanted to start early in the day. I figured if I got back at a decent time I’d be able to get some rest and have a little time to decompress. I had no plans to stop at Factory Butte. After all, we had already been there for a hike and I managed not to take any photos of the monolith. One day at a time is what it takes to break an addiction and photographing the Butte is truly my worst habit.

I headed out on Highway 24 before dawn (easy when daylight savings time rears its ugly head), and thought I’d make it past the Butte before the light got good. No way. Here’s what I was compelled to stop and shoot:

The light was pretty good, but the only light that was hitting the butte was reflected from the clouds. The sky was pretty dramatic, so I thought a black-and-white would do it justice.

Factory Butte Sunrise 1

Factory Butte Sunrise 1

But the colors were changing and these looked about right (remember, click on the image to see larger (and more color-accurate versions):

Factory Butte Sunrise 2

Factory Butte Sunrise 2

More to follow,

Bob