June 3, 2009.
I promised this one a couple weeks ago, so I’ll go ahead and get it out of the way. Once again, this is a view of the Maroon Bells (and Maroon Lake) from just outside Aspen, Colorado. This was taken at the end of September. The Aspens usually are at their peak for just a couple of weeks, so it can be tricky to get the timing and the weather just right.
As I mentioned in the last post with a picture of the bells, I had to hang out for about 4 hours to get this picture. It took that long for the sun to finally rise high enough over the neighboring ridge to illuminate the aspens up there on the hillside. (Actually, that came a bit earlier, but I was waiting for the sun to make it all the way to my end of the lake, so that those rocks in the foreground were illuminated too.) But, once the sun was there, I only had about 20 minutes to take the pictures before the breeze started kicking up, and the reflection disappeared.
You’ll undoubtedly see more pictures from this particular day over time. Both because I have basically 3 batches of pictures (one from early dawn, one from around this time, and one from when I came back later with Julie) as well as because there’s several different themes to explore. (I have ton of pics from this spot, some using the reflection, some not, but I also have some pics from other nice vantage points.) But, I promise, none this week.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 22 mm.