The sun sinks below the horizon in Fort Myers, Fla. / Michiale Schneider, Your Take
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The sky showed shades of purple, pink and blue when contributor Hank Stites took this photo at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. "I love to visit in July, go up at Park Point and watch the monsoon storm blow through," Stites says.
While on a hike in the Mount Charleston Wilderness Area in Nevada, Kirk Nix stopped to visit some of the oldest living bristlecone pine trees. "In this area, there are a great bunch of gnarly bristlecones that have been beaten with fire and weather," Nix writes. "To me, it had a feeling of a mystical forest. I never tire of visiting this area."
Jon-Michael Graham snapped this shot on while on vacation in Alaska, which Graham calls the highlight of his family's summer.
Balaji Balasubramanian captured the lush green grass surrounding Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs, Colo. "The weather changed within a few minutes as we were descending and as we reached the lake, it was gloomy and had the right lighting for a perfect click."
As the sun sunk into the horizon in Fort Myers, Fla., Michiale Schneider captured the view. "The combination of the waves and warm gulf breezes were like music to my ears after a stressful week!"
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