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    Posted June 26, 2014 by
    Iven Valley, Mongolia
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    Summer skies around the globe

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    Dramatic Sunrise Over the Steppes


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JuleeK visited Mongolia in July 2009, and shot these photos one magical morning. "It was amazing how quickly the light changed and that affected how quickly the color of the sky shifted from shades of magenta to shades of orange. It was all made more dramatic by how 'big' the sky feels in the expansive steppes of Mongolia." She captured these images using a circular polarized filter on her camera lens.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    In July 2009, I traveled across the Mongolian steppes. My first night was spent in a ger (yurt) camp adjoining Amarbayasgalant Monastery which is located in the Iven Valley, about 60 km northeast of the town of Erdenet.

    I awoke one morning, before sunrise, to be greeted by the sight of the sun trying to push its way through a mass of gray clouds. It looked like it was going to be a downpour but not a drop. At first, the sky was colored with shades of magenta dotted with pockets of blue. As the clouds shifted and the sun continued to rise, the sky turned orange. I’ve never seen such intense colors in a morning sky; the evolving light show was spectacular! This went on for about a half hour and at the end, I was rewarded with the sight of a double rainbow! After the rainbow faded, light drizzle followed, then the clouds parted and I was welcomed to a beautiful, sunny day.

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