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In The Distance – Ice Lake Basin


In the San Juan Mountains of SW Colorado, the alpine wildflower season is nearing it’s peak. Most everyone has heard of Ice Lake Basin so I set out to capture what I thought would be a unique photo of this magnificent area. I just needed a location that had all the element and finding that spot wasn’t easy.

I finally found a steep unnamed peak to climb that would provide the arial view I was after.  After climbing and climbing, I was finally able to locate a beautiful cliff with many different species of wildflowers clinging to its face with the top grassy self providing the best opportunity.  The wind was blowing the wildflowers into a frenzy which made it difficult to freeze their motion without ramping up the ISO too much. The wind was blowing the wildflowers into a frenzy which made it difficult to freeze their motion without ramping up the ISO too much. It also made stabilizing the tripod and camera near impossible which resulted in a softer image.

After finally settling in on a location, I took a couple of deep breaths and suddenly realized that I was completely swallowed up by the immense scene of nature surrounding me.  The 360 view was breathtaking with included the roar of distant waterfalls cascading off the shear peaks. I soon realized that this was probably the closest to Heaven I would ever come on earth.

Now all I needed was a sunset to complete this experience. At around 8:30 pm it finally came but unfortunately it was a rather dull red series of horizontal bands but it was still beautiful so I shot my fill. As I was picking up my gear to head back, that familiar light switch effect suddenly occurred where the clouds developed into beautifully bright scalloped red bands making the scene quickly go from great to fantastic! I sat there well into darkness clicking away. As I carefully made my way back down the steep terrain, the smile on my face only widened as I reflected on the gorgeous scene that God had just blessed me with…

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