A Dream at Dream Lake by Eric Glaser

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This image from Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park was captured at daybreak, with the iconic view of Hallett Peak on the left (south), and the craggy southeast face of Flattop Mountain on the right. Well below the saddle between the two mountains, and up in the next basin you see, is Emerald Lake – a lake with an entirely different personality.

The photo was made right after an overnight early–season snowfall in late September. Note the first tentative sunbeams of light dancing on the landscape as the storm slowly cleared, and the touch of blue sky that suddenly appeared above this most sublime part of the Continental Divide. The silence of the soft, unfrozen lake that morning contrasted eerily with the swirling winds above.

You’re at ten thousand feet and up here, so this can be an unforgiving place, with long brutal winters and raging winds that can last for days. But not for this moment. To have been up there alone, as I was that morning – with only a pair of human eyes and a camera that could never hope to faithfully record the scene in all its glory – was to stand in awe in one of nature’s grand cathedrals.

I think of that moment, this scene, as a gift. Whether from God, from the Creator, from Providence, or from random circumstances or benevolent dumb luck, it’s a gift I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Flannery O’Connor was right: everything that rises does converge. May you, dear reader, have many such gifts, and dream dreams of light that is all your own. Thanks for looking.

Dream Lake (elevation 9,905 ft / 3,019 m)
Hallett Peak (elevation 12,713 ft / 3,875 m)
Rocky Mountain National Park
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, an EF 50mm 1.4 lens, and Fuji Velvia 50 film.



  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaover 4 years ago

    Like a dream! Wonderful!!!

  • Thank you!

    – Eric Glaser

  • ilpo laurila
    ilpo laurilaover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Eric

  • Thank you, Ilpo.

    – Eric Glaser

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, Lorilee!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Bill Coughlin
    Bill Coughlinover 4 years ago

    Eric, " The Best" Great capture. Bill

  • Thank you, Bill.

    – Eric Glaser

  • Teresa Smith
    Teresa Smithover 4 years ago

    Love it. Dream Lake is one of my favorite places in RMNP.

  • Mine too. Thanks Teresa!

    – Eric Glaser

  • MutePrint
    MutePrintover 4 years ago

    What an incredible capture Eric! So vivid and crisp it gives me chills just looking at it! Well done my friend :)

  • Thanks, Marcus! It’s one of my favorites.

    – Eric Glaser

  • Slideshooter
    Slideshooterover 4 years ago

    It’s easy to be wise in hindsight but you managed to get a superb image all the same and look on the bright side – you might have stopped down to f22 rather than f16! RVP has exceptionally fine granularity which certainly helps boost resolution – it’s all good. This is a terrific shot, I love it. Straight into the favourites.

  • Thanks for your kind words, Brett. And thanks for the fave!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Eros Fiacconi (Sooboy)
    Eros Fiacconi ...over 4 years ago

    Just beautiful Eric!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    My best regards, Eric! Very honored, to have you work in our group!!

  • After looking at all the other featured images, Carolyn, I can truthfully say it’s an honor to be included. Thanks so much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Jill Vadala
    Jill Vadalaover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! This is absolutely amazing!

  • Thanks so much, Jill!

    – Eric Glaser

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