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This image of Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park was captured in the fall when winter made a sudden, early appearance. The lake is both a trailhead and a destination in the park, is easily accessible, and never fails to disappoint from the north side with its stunning views of Storm Peak, Longs Peak (partially hidden in the clouds), the lyrically–named “Keyboard of the Winds,” Pagoda Peak, and Chief’s Head Peak, from left to right. (The view is depicted in countless photographs, paintings, and even the Colorado Quarter). One can even make out the twin summits of Mount Lady Washington on the far left (east) of Longs Peak. There is a nature trail that encircles the lake, allowing for unlimited compositions for artists, photographers, philosophers, and dreamers.

I love going up there, as I did that morning immediately after an overnight snowfall, to bear witness to nature’s splendor. When it snows, I always wish for the wind to return – as it always does in the high country – only after I capture a few images. None, of course, are ever truly worthy of the moment. For on that cold September morning, it seemed every blessed snowflake that fell lay undisturbed before me in the perfect stillness and quiet.

Bear Lake (elevation 9,475 ft / 2,888 m)
Rocky Mountain National Park
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens, and Velvia 50 film.



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  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Audrey!

    – Eric Glaser

  • icesrun
    icesrunalmost 4 years ago

    Just absolutely beautiful!

  • Thanks for your lovely comment!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Ainsley Kellar Creations
    Ainsley Kellar...over 3 years ago

    Spectacular beauty!!!! Excellent!!!!

  • Thanks so much, Ainsley!

    – Eric Glaser

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!! Whenever I visit my brother in Colorado, we take a picnic lunch to Bear Lake . . . such a beautiful place . . . wouldn’t take the picnic lunch on a day like this, however!! :-)

  • Thanks for the lovely comment, Lorilee. Yes, it sure is a lovely spot. Happy holidays!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Diana Graves Photography
    Diana Graves P...over 3 years ago

    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. I would love to visit here someday. :)

  • I sure hope you can, Diana. Thanks for stopping by!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 3 years ago

    Stunning mountain landscape scene!! Fave!!

  • Thank you so much, Blair. Happy holidays!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Khaled EL Tangeer
    Khaled EL Tangeerover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, glad you like it!

    – Eric Glaser

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Jennifer Saville
    Jennifer Savilleover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Jennifer, for including my photograph with such outstanding work in “All that is Nature.” But much more importantly, congratulations and best wishes to you in completing your PhD in biochemistry. As a science teacher, I know how difficult that is. Of all the physical sciences, chemistry for me was always the hardest! Good luck, and thanks again.

    – Eric Glaser

  • NikonJohn
    NikonJohnover 3 years ago

    Nice framing, beautiful snow cover!

  • Thanks so much for your support, John!

    – Eric Glaser

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