Emerald Lake

We are back to rainy day here in the front range, but yesterday was spectacular in the high country.

I made to the Emerald Lake overlook, which you can see right below, with couple folks (that little dot right in the middle of the lake) who just came down from the slopes above.

You might be able to spot Mills Lake to the upper left and of course the star of this show is Longs Peak, peaking out from the clouds.

Longs Peak

Went for Flat Top Mountain this morning, not the one pictured, of course. After clearing the tree line the snow was pretty deep and I didn’t bother to bring my snow shoes, so every step was a struggle. I did made up to the overlook over Emerald Lake, had some food and decided to call it quits and head back down.

Longs Peak looked pretty awesome most of the morning, poking its head in and out of the clouds. Every time I look at it, I picture my self back there at the summit, observing the park from its highest point.

And of course wild life is always welcome on a hike, especially at 11,000 feet high elevation.

Snowy Day

Fresh snow day in the front range (just a few days back). A nice spot to see both Boulder and Longs Peak. You would think that Longs Peak is just seating above Boulder, but you can’t see it from Boulder… as soon as you go down into the valley, those front range hills block it entirely.

Alpine Flowers

It is almost winter here. Tomorrow high 32F. But, but… summer was just here, those nice hot days, even in alpine country, with all those beautiful flowers.

Bonus point, what are the two, yes two, fourteeners can you name in this photo?

Another Shadow

Last photo showed sunset shadow at the 3rd highest mountain in Colorado. Following up today with another shadow, but this time it is sunrise shadow. Some of you might know where it is, by recognizing this landscape…

Well, it was taken from the summit of Uncompahgre Peak, in beautiful San Juan Mountains.