Just Before Sunrise On The Colorado River…

Note: This blog entry was originally published January 11, 2009. As all seasoned photographers know…some of the best photos you can take are just before sunrise and just after sunset. Most of my photos tend to be taken under the mid-day sun…the worst of conditions. I just wanted you to see these two photos…hence to older Blog entry.


Mary and I went down to the area known as the Yuma Crossing early this morning. In the photos below you can see what remains of the once mighty Colorado River. This spot is rich in history especially around 1850 when prospectors were headed to California to participate in the gold rush.

In this below photo (looking West) of the full moon reflecting on the river is the actual location of the of where they crossed as it was the narrowest location for 1,200 miles. Back in those days, the river was 1/4 mile across. Thanks to mankind daming the river in many locations upstream the width today is about 250 feet. The structure on the upper right is the underside of a bridge of Interstate Highway 8. California is on the right and Arizona is on the left.

Full moon reflecting on the Colorado River

In this photo (looking East) you can see the Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge. It was completed in 1915 and completed the road from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. California is on the left and Arizona is on the right. Directly beyond the bridge and to the right is the location and remains of the famous Yuma Territorial Prison which we will visit in the near future.

The Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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