Snowy Bells by Ann J. Sagel

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An early snow came to Maroon Bells, CO USA this September 2009. The Maroon Bells is a mountain in the Elk Mountains that consists of two peaks, South Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, separated by about a third of a mile. The mountain is on the border between Pitkin County and Gunnison County, Colorado, United States, about 12 miles southwest of Aspen. Both peaks are counted as fourteeners. Maroon Peak, at 14,156 feet, is the 27th highest peak in Colorado; North Maroon Peak, at 14,014 feet, is the 50th highest. The view of the Maroon Bells to the southwest from the Maroon Creek valley is one of the most famous scenes in Colorado, and is reputed to be the “most-photographed spot in Colorado” and one of Colorado’s premier scenic overlooks.

HDR image shot with a Canon 50D at 17mm focal len (17-40L lens) f/10, 1/100, ISO 100. Auto bracketed +2 & -2. Tonal mapped in Photomatix. Also a circular polarizer and Singh-Ray GND filters used.

RB Stats @ 10/26/10

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  • Jessica Jenney
    Jessica Jenneyalmost 5 years ago

    WOWIE ZOWIE!!!!! Gorgeous capture, Ann!!! I’m almost right there! FAVE! ♥

  • Thanks Jessica. The next day was much nicer but believe it or not much COLDER too. 17 degrees!!

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • Kelly Cavanaugh
    Kelly Cavanaughalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture! Gorgeous scenery, Ann! Glad to see you here!!

  • Thanks Kelly. Glad to be here as well!

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 5 years ago

    A beautiful shot and great reflections.

  • yvil1
    yvil1almost 5 years ago

    What a view! Great reflections too! :)

  • Tizme
    Tizmealmost 5 years ago

    This is sooo beautiful …

  • bioman
    biomanalmost 5 years ago

    this is a storybook photo, I can only dream of taking a shot like this! Superb work Ann!

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpenceralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful place for a picture, glad you had a camera.

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 5 years ago

    an amazing photo. I hope you are going to add it to some groups. This should be seen by more people

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    Ann this is incredibly stunning!!!!! No, breathtaking … no .. awesome … no … ALL THREE!!!! WOW!!!!

  • Gouzelka
    Gouzelkaalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific image!

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