Magic Hour In The Gunnison Valley

The summer solstice kept us outside for hours. Driving along old dirt roads scoping the best spots to pause and capture a part of summers essence in Colorado’s high country. Way, way up in the mountains as they say on our 1 of 2 local radio stations (lol). It does often feel like a were living inside an ongoing movie scene perhaps from the ‘wild west’ days or a page from a John Muir book. Though we have our daily tasks, responsibilities, and typical frustrations, one look out a window or walk outside reminds us of the epic blessing it is to live here. Many local people will tell you winter brought them here but summer kept them. So it was for me. While my nonexistent appreciation for winter grew, had these extraordinary summers not arrived after 8 months of 250+ inches of snow, I probably would not still be living here.  The enchantment of the Gunnison Valley landscape has kept me wrapped in its wondrous, ethereal spell for nearly 10 years now. Maybe you too, will see why ♥

Victoria Lise Gunnison Valley Field of FlowersVictoria Lise Magic Hour Gunnison Valley Dirt RoadVictoria Lise Flowers in Foreground of Mountainous LandscapeVictoria Lise Magic Hour on Indian Paintbrush Wildflowers

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.” John Muir

Victoria Lise Magic Hour Sunset Over Mt. Crested ButteVictoria Lise Magic Hour Sunset Over Wildflowers and Red MountainVictoria Lise Magic Hour Sunset Over Field of Mules Ear Sunflowers

“Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.” – John Muir

Victoria Lise Magic Hour Golden Sun over Gunnison Valley FlowersVictoria Lise Magic Hour Sunset Illuminates Diverse WildflowersVictoria Lise Magic Hour Sets Over Golden Mules Ear Sunflowers

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Victoria Lise Magic Hour Shades of Light Over Sage FieldVictoria Lise Magic Hour Over Anthracite RangeVictoria Lise Magic Hour in Gunnison County Sunset Over Anthracites and Sunflowers

Our paths crossed with only two other explorers. Riding in the dust and chasing the magic hour. We truly got far more than we expected or even hoped for. The setting sun quite literally provided us with the grandeur of the golden hour. Fields of wild Iris, Rocky Mountain Columbine, Paintbrush, Mules Ear, Fragrant sage brush, Scarlet Gillias, and those with names I’ve yet to learn blanketed the fertile earth.

Victoria Lise Magic Hour in Gunnison County Macro Flowers and Golden SunVictoria Lise Magic Hour over Anthracite Range

The sky changed colors above the Anthracite Range showing off the lingering winter snow. But it wasn’t long before the mosquitos came out with a wicked vengeance which we could only endure for 10 minutes or so without proper gear.

Victoria Lise Magic Hour Pink Skies over AnthracitesVictoria Lise Magic Hour Gunnison County Red Sunset over Anthracites

As the saying goes ‘If you’re lucky enough to live in the mountains, you’re lucky enough’. I’d say because the mountains, well, they never stop calling.
Wishing you all a wondrous, light-filled week ahead! 
Thank you all so much for joining me here x
I hope you all enjoyed this series of photos, I was so excited to share them with you all! To see more of my photography go to Behind The Lens or join me on Pinterest | Instagram


  1. Debi walls

    Amazing Tori girl

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    1. Thank you so much! xo


  2. Oh my goodness. These photos are breathtaking. I can almost feel the warmth on my own skin! ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you so so much gorgeous! I am so grateful for your support and happy you enjoy them! You’re the best x warm wishes your way


  3. I love how you used the haze (probably smoke in the air) to your advantage. Nice lighting and skies!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, very smokey all day on the Solstice here. Made for an interesting sunset. Was it hazy your way as well?


    1. Thank you! It truly is!!

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  4. Barbara

    That is some place. Fabulous photographs.


  5. Exquisite photos, Tori! ❤

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    1. Thank you so very much, Carol! I hope you are doing well!

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      1. Thank you for your kind words, Tori. I’m a tad busy, and always a bit sad for a day when my granddaughter goes home, but it’s all work I love to do. Blessings to you and your family. ❤

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    2. Thank you so very much, Carol! x

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