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Maroon Bells  by Ann J. Sagel

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Unlike most mountains in the Rockies that are composed of granite and limestone, the Bells are composed of metamorphic sedimentary mudstone that has hardened into rock over millions of years. Mudstone is weak and fractures readily, giving rise to dangerously loose rock along almost any route. The mudstone is responsible for the Bells’ distinctive maroon color.
My second morning there it was 17 degrees and a lot of the lake was frozen over. It’s really incredible to watch as the sun raises how this valley lights up.

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  • Jessica Jenney
    Jessica Jenneyabout 5 years ago

    WOW!!!! Stunning capture and composition!! You did really well with the detail in the shadows, Ann! ;-)

  • Now I feel better. LOL Thank you my biggest supporter. VBG

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • Justin Baer
    Justin Baerabout 5 years ago

    beautiful image! love the composition

  • Thanks Justin

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • Chuck Wickham
    Chuck Wickhamabout 5 years ago

    I’ve seen many photos of this formation and never tire of seeing a fresh view…nice one!

  • it’s so kind of you Chuck to stop by and leave such a wonderful comment. Thanks.

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethabout 5 years ago

    This is just majestic Anne! Wonderful depth and brilliant reflection..sigh!

  • Thanks so much Marian.

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • Anne McKinnell
    Anne McKinnellabout 5 years ago

    Stunning reflection Ann!

  • Thanks Anne.

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful composition and reflection, Ann!

  • Thanks so much Kerry.

    – Ann J. Sagel

  • David Allen
    David Allenabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful!!

  • Stephen Vecchiotti
    Stephen Vecchi...about 5 years ago

    Excellent Maroon Bells shot with great light.

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisabout 5 years ago

    Wow Ann, this is beautiful, fantastic clarity and reflections.

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

    another beautiful photo Ann

  • Thanks Tallow.

    – Ann J. Sagel

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