This morning’s ride was magical.
As I pedaled through Gering for an early ride up Scotts Bluff National Monument before it opened to car traffic, I could see the top of the bluff peeking up out of a fog bank.
When I got closer to the bluff, I plunged in and out of the mist draped across the landscape, in full sun one moment, in shadow the next.
On my journey up Summit Road, I had to stop a couple of times to take pictures.
As I neared a final turn, a ray of sunshine broke through and illuminated the fog particles as they rode a turbulent wind gust, around and around and down.
I paused in the parking lot up top to capture the wind in motion, made visible by the fog.
I took a short hike to an overlook, hoping the fog would break up and I could get an amazing shot of the bluff tops hovering above the clouds. Alas, the fog thickened.
Here’s an example of what I had hoped to see, from a photo posted August 6, 2015, on the Scotts Bluff National Monument Facebook page:
The fog-filtered light atop the bluff – illumination without shadow – made the flora growing there seem distinct, distinguished.
On my cautious, wet-brake descent, I stopped to take pictures of the tunnels. It was a little eerie looking to the side of the road and seeing nothing but cloud, easy to imagine being at a much greater height than I actually was.
So glad I decided on an early morning training ride today. What a way to start the week!
Copyright 2016 by Katie Bradshaw, except photo credited to Scotts Bluff National Monument