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At this place, the Rocky Mountains really live up to their name. This photograph was made on a cold October day, not long before the lake froze over and the long winter settled in. At an elevation of some 11,800 feet above sea level, Chasm Lake fills a deep cirque basin enclosed by the steep flanks of Mount Meeker (behind you, on the left, elevation 13,911 feet), Longs Peak (straight ahead, 14,259 feet), and Mount Lady Washington (on the right, out of the photo, 13,281 feet). Longs Peak’s iconic, northeast–facing ‘Diamond’ rises dramatically some 2,400 feet above this stunning emerald jewel. One could easily guess that Longs and Meeker form part of the Continental Divide, but a quick check of the map shows that they do not. Instead, this area is located a few miles to the east, in the southeastern part of Rocky Mountain National Park.

I can think of no more majestic cirque in Colorado – nor any more desolate or forbidding – but for this photographer it’s always a challenge to “get it all in” the viewfinder. From a distance, Longs Peak seems to tower over its neighbors. For anyone who lives in north–central Colorado, it’s a very prominent, identifiable mountain with a large blocky summit. But from this perspective, it’s only one part of a very big scene. The truth here is you are surrounded by mountains no matter where you go, and they rise straight up above you in neck–stretching fashion. In most cases a wide angle lens is essential for even getting part of this vast landscape in view. The challenge, of course, is finding that balance between capturing as much of the dynamics of the scene as possible without optically rendering it too far back in the photo, thus minimizing its impact.

Chasm Lake – and the amazing alpine peaks that surround it – challenges me as a photographer like no other place I know. For me, therein lies part of its power, its mystique. And, its fun: it draws you back again and again, defying you to capture its essence, daring you to “get it all in” the viewfinder. However beautiful the photo may be, it could never hope to faithfully convey how breathtaking this place really is.

Chasm Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park
United States

The photo was made using a Canon EOS-1V body, EF 24mm f/1.4L wide angle lens, and Fuji Velvia 50 film.



  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesover 4 years ago

    Another awesome shot! And such a blue sky, wish more of my shot from colorado had that sky. Seems like when i would start the day it would be blue but by the time i would get to destination it had changed. Oh well try an try agian.

  • Sorry for my late reply, David, and thanks for your kind words. I had plenty of blue sky that day, almost too much as I nearly used too much polarizer!

    – Eric Glaser

  • tdn14277
    tdn14277about 4 years ago

    Fabulous work Eric !

  • Hi Tim, thanks!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Polly!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Ken Wright
    Ken Wrightabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Ken!

    – Eric Glaser

  • vadim19
    vadim19about 4 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Thank you, Vadim!

    – Eric Glaser

  • ducilla
    ducillaabout 4 years ago
    Beautiful! great mountains and a fine description..Enjoyed them both…Dennis
  • Thanks so much, Dennis, glad you enjoyed them.

    – Eric Glaser

  • Matt Jones
    Matt Jonesabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thanks a lot, Matt!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Camilla Wall
    Camilla Wallabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you, Camilla, it’s great to be included!

    – Eric Glaser

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 4 years ago

    !Superb work!


  • Hi Monica, thank you!

    – Eric Glaser

  • MarieG
    MarieGabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your features…gorgeous picture!

  • Thanks so much, Marie, best wishes!

    – Eric Glaser

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