Rocky Mountain Sunrise Dream
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For the longest time, this image was nothing more than just a vision of a dream. What if I could get an awesome sunrise reflecting from my favorite spot on Bear Lake, I thought. Back in May of 2010, it sure didn't seem like it would be that difficult...

Well, some 6 months and 17 early morning trips to Bear Lake later I finally hit paydirt. Finally, my dream of the Ultimate Bear Lake Sunrise has become a reality!! And yes, now I'm wearing a huge smile. This image was taken from the shore of Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado.

In all my failed attempts (before the success shown above), I had a chance to think about all the reasons I wasn’t happy and insisted on going back again and again and again. So in fun, here are the top 10 reasons I claimed I had to go back:

10. No clouds
9. Too many clouds
8. No clouds over Longs Peak
7. Raining
6. Amazing clouds, but they never lit up
5. Wicked windy
4. Snowing
3. Clouds to the east blocked the early morning sun
2. A couple of people beat me to my spot and blocked both spots I’d scouted
1. The darn lake was still frozen!

I wanted to add that along the way, I learned a few things. I learned not to ask my wife things like “Would you think I was crazy if I said I wanted to go to Bear Lake again in the morning?”. Seriously, I know I couldn’t have done it if she weren’t so supportive along the way.

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Rocky Mountain Sunrise Dream

A vision of a dream finally comes true after countless trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. I had a vision of this image for the longest time, but unfortunately, Mother Nature wasn't helping. After a long string of failed attempts, I was thrilled to see this image finally come to fruition from Bear Lake near Estes Park, Colorado.

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Date Captured:
Oct 31, 2010
Colorado, Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park
Photo Gear:
Nikon D300 with a Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 Lens
Horizontal 3:2
Ice / Snow, Mountains, Reflections, Sunrise/Sunset
Dark, Warm, Cool, Blue, Orange, Yellow