Posts Tagged: Maroon Lake

May 9, 2011 – Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Monday, May 9, 2011

Hey everyone! This is the last post that you’ll see for a couple days, just so you know. So you’d better enjoy it. This is, of course, the Maroon Bells (and Maroon Lake), near Aspen, Colorado. You’ve all seen this before, so no reason to talk about it too much, right?

Okay then, have a great day!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 55mm.

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January 12, 2011 – Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

We’re reaching way back into the archives today. Although, oddly enough, this is the second picture in a row from Colorado. I just noticed that. Huh, oh well. This shot was, obviously, shot in the fall. The day that I took this was the only day I had in Aspen. We had stayed in town the night before, but shortly after this was taken, we started driving back to my parents’ house in Colorado Springs. (Notice a common theme here? Right, yes, the theme is: my parents live in Colorado Springs. Thus, I sometimes find myself in Colorado. On those occasions, I, um, take pictures.)

This was my second time at this viewpoint. Well, technically, it was my third, but for now, we’ll call it the second. The FIRST time I was there was a year or two earlier, right at the beginning of the summer. Or maybe it was even the beginning of May. Not that important. What WAS important was that I slept in my car in the parking lot (I was laid off, so I didn’t want to spend the money on a hotel), but right at sunrise, there was a super nice reflection from the lake, with the sun shining right up the valley, illuminating the peaks. It was great. So this time around, even though it was three months later in the year, I decided to try the same thing. So, I got up before sunrise and drove out there. Then, the sun came up. Then, I realized that the whole “sun shining right down the valley” thing had a lot to do with the fact that it was May. That in September, the sun rose at a different spot on the horizon, and thus, I’d have to wait a few hours for it to finally rise over the valley wall. Whoops. So I ended up hanging out for awhile waiting for it. Fortunately, I had a book.

But, that’s not when I took this picture. I took a lot of pictures then, yes, and I’ve even posted a few of them here already. But then I headed back to town, where my wife was asleep in the hotel room. Well, I mean, she was asleep when I left, but she was actually starting to get a bit worried, since I told her I’d be back in half an hour or so, and it was now approaching 5 hours since I had left. Whoops. I could have called, except that, right, I was in the mountains, and had no coverage.

So, that was fun. Eventually, we got some breakfast and such, and then we headed back out here. (Thus, my third time here.) By then, they had instituted the no-cars-allowed policy (for most of the day, the only option is to take a shuttle in), but that was fine. My wife and I rode on in, and I got another set of pictures from the viewpoint. The afternoon breezes had kicked up though, so there was no more nice still reflection like early in the morning. That’s okay though, it was a nice view in its own right.

Okay, that’s it for today. Also, that’s also probably it for this week, since I’m really busy at work the next couple days. I mean, sure, there’s a chance I’ll put something else up here, but I’m not planning on it. But hey, optimism is awesome, right?

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 31mm.

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September 14, 2009 Part 2 – Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Monday, September 14, 2009. 2 of 2.

Hey everyone. This is the first time I’ve actually posted two pictures in one day. I’m not really sure what led me to do a 2nd post today, but as long as I was sitting there on my couch staring at the wall, I figured I’d toss up a picture aimed at those fans of the Picture of the Day who are on the other side of the world. Yes, I’m talking to you, Petah Tiqva, Israel.

This is another picture of the Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake near Aspen, Colorado. And no, I haven’t posted this one before. Yes, I’ve posted at least a couple that are very very similar to this one. But not this one. The biggest difference between this one and one in particular that I posted awhile ago is the people at the far right edge of the frame. I had found a framing of the view that I liked, and the light was perfect. But those people JUST WOULDN’T MOVE. It was maddening, really. There were people lined up along the whole shore giving them the stink eye, but they were totally oblivious. They were just chilling out, right there, right in the middle of everyone’s view. I tried to crop them out, but that didn’t feel right, because it ended up cutting a lot of those rocks in the foreground in half, so it broke up the picture’s story. Very frustrating.

Thankfully though, they did end up moving after about 10 or 20 minutes. So I was able to get the shot I wanted in the end, all was well, high fives all around. But still, annoying. Keep that in mind if you’re ever hanging out in a really pretty place where there are a lot of folks setting up pictures. Definitely don’t hold back from checking out the stuff you want to see, but try to at least keep moving. Don’t find a nice central spot in everybody’s way and then just hang out there. Garrrr.

Anyway, off to bed for me, see you guys tomorrow at the normal time.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 22mm.

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August 14, 2009 – Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake

Friday, August 14, 2009

I’m in an all-day meeting at work today, so no time for a writeup. But here’s another photo of the Maroon Bells near Aspen to keep you busy.

Have an utterly fantastic weekend!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 34mm.

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