Glacier Gorge Grassy Reflection
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Beautiful morning light hits Longs Peak, Glacier Gorge, and the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. This image was taken from Bear Lake near the town of Estes Park, Colorado - right before some breezy weather blew in and ruined the reflection. As I've been pursuing my goal of an "ultimate sunrise reflection shot" from Bear Lake this summer, this was the closest I've seen in some time. Boy the peaks sure looked pretty!

The deep reed light you see is a phenomena called alpenglow that comes from the very first light that hits the peaks in the morning or last light at the end of the day. In Colorado's Front Range, our peaks have an early morning opportunity to get hit with an especially deep red glow as the sun only needs to crest the eastern plains.

This makes for a wonderful opportunity to catch east facing mountains in this early morning alpenglow. So when the timing is right and Mother Nature helps out by clearing out the clouds from the eastern horizon, the peaks can glow like nobody's business. To people who've never seen it before, it looks almost fake. But knowing how that light turns so red sure helps.

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Glacier Gorge Grassy Reflection

Great light and a cool composition in Rocky Mountain National Park makes this image get noticed. With a view of Glacier Gorge and Longs Peak, it features some familiar sights.

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Date Captured:
Aug 28, 2010
Colorado, Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park
Photo Gear:
Nikon D300 with a Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 Lens
Horizontal 3:2
Alpenglow, Mountains, Reflections, Sunrise/Sunset
Dark, Warm, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Orange