A quick snap I took this weekend at McIntosh Lake in Longmont, Colorado. The sun was rising to my back and while it was gorgeous, in the opposite direction was an equally pretty scene. To the left is the 14,259 foot tall Longs Peak, covered in its first healthy shot of snow of the season. to the right are some small lenticular clouds. These ‘spaceships’ are common in the colder months and pretty darned cool. Underneath, reflections of both are seen on the lake’s surface. Both were illuminated by the golden sunrise.
I’ve driven by the turnoff to Sprague Lake, Colorado many times but never stopped to check it out until this past weekend. Saturday afternoon I hiked around it and was I was soon falling in love with it.
I returned at sunrise yesterday with the goal of capturing a series of images in my mind and all in all I pretty much succeeded.
With the sun to my back, I captured the pink / orange glow of the morning light on the 12,720 foot high Hallett Peak and its reflection on the mirror-like waters of the lake. Accenting the image are spots of golden fall foliage on the mountainsides and cotton candy colored clouds above.
A gorgeous scene at a location that I am sure to return to in the future.
It took me three sunrises to capture this image last week as smoke from wildfires in Washington and British Columbia was creating a great deal of haze in the sky on the first two.
On the last morning there still was some smoke lingering which you can see but at least it eased enough to get some pretty decent shots. The calm waters of Oxbow Bend allowed the freshly sunlit Tetons to be reflected in the water.
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