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One of the crown jewels along the Glacier Gorge trail in Rocky Mountain National Park (United States), and only one of 156 lakes in the park, Mills Lake may well be the most spectacular. The lake is named in honor of Enos Mills (1870-1914). Considered the father of Rocky Mountain National Park, he struggled for six years to educate the public and the US Congress of the importance of setting aside large land areas for the preservation of scenery and wildlife. He was also an author, photographer, nature guide, innkeeper, lecturer, and adventurer.

Surrounded by Longs Peak, the “Keyboard of the Winds,” Chiefs Head, McHenrys Peak and Thatchtop Mountain, perhaps no other lake has a more amazing backdrop. This image was captured in June, on a glorious day for photography as the lake was completely ice–free, and there was a new dusting of snow on the high peaks from a storm the night before. I remember arriving at the lake that early morning in complete solitude – so far as I knew, no other human soul was there – and then standing transfixed by the scene as I struggled to take it all in. As I waited for the sun to rise above the mountains behind me, a chattering gray jay landed on the tree you see on the left. Even he could not disturb the profound stillness of the lake that morning, nor the perfect reflection that lay before me and no one else.

Mills Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, 50mm f/2.5 compact macro lens, and Fuji Velvia 100 film.

Tags

alpine, american west, colorado, lake, landscape, landscapes, mills lake, mountains, national park, peaks, reflection, glacier gorge, scenery, scenic, nature, longs peak, keyboard of the winds, thatchtop mountain, chiefs head, mchenrys peak, summer, rmnp, rocky mountain, rockies, estes park, eric glaser

Comments

  • Teresa Smith
    Teresa Smithover 3 years ago

    Very nice. Great Reflection.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!

  • Thank you, Lorilee.

    – Eric Glaser

  • Kymie
    Kymieover 3 years ago

    Oh now that is beautiful

  • Thanks very much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Ken Fortie
    Ken Fortieover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot.

  • Thanks Ken!

    – Eric Glaser

  • tdn14277
    tdn14277over 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning…brilliant capture Eric!

  • Thanks so much, Tim!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Ken Wright
    Ken Wrightover 3 years ago

  • Sorry for my late reply, Ken. Thank you so much!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Audrey!

    – Eric Glaser

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! November 27, 2010

  • Thank you, Dana!

    – Eric Glaser

  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesover 3 years ago

    Very Outstanding Capture. It is a Fave for me. I will visit this next time. CONGRATS on the Feature, you deserve it.

  • Thanks so much, David, for your kind words. It’s a beautiful lake, and not too difficult a hike. I hope you get to see it!

    – Eric Glaser

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

  • You’re welcome, thank you!

    – Eric Glaser

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