Parting Shot

Rainbow Warrior

Sometimes you need to get more than your feet wet to capture the magic of a moment.

Photography by Scott Bellow July 2, 2020 Published in the Summer/Fall 2020 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

This image was taken west of Edwards on the Eagle River looking toward the Sawatch Range. I chose the location because a heavy rainstorm was moving through the area just before sunset, and I bet that if the clouds cleared—and I was lucky—a rainbow would appear on the horizon, framed by the river. To compose the image properly, I knew I had to get in the water. What I didn’t anticipate was that the exact spot I needed to be in would be waist deep. So there I was, up to the top of my waders in fast-flowing water with $4,000 worth of camera gear, balancing on a slippery rock about the size and shape of a bowling ball. After repeatedly drying my lens, and myself, the rain stopped and the storm cleared. I was rewarded with this scene for all of seven seconds. And it was worth it.

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