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Dream Lake, RMNP, at sunrise on May 24, 2007, 5:37am. Following a late season snowstorm the night before, the long wavelength light (rose colored) hits the peaks as the sun peeks over the horizon. Camera: Canon EOS-5D Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO Date: May 24, 2007 Aperture: f/20 ISO: 100 Shutter: 1.6s
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We chose this location for backpacking on the final night our trip. I can still vividly remember how tired we were on the way to the lake since we had already spent several days hiking. To make matters worse, most of the trail was exposed and it was a brutally hot summer day. By the time we reached the lake we were both exhausted and dehydrated. Once we had a bit of time to set up camp and rest, we realized that we chose the absolute perfect time to visit.
The lake was about 2/3 of the way thawed, leaving pieces of ice floating about. As the sun dropped low on the horizon, the clouds began to part, allowing for a warmly lit mountain backdrop to appear. To cap things off, some fog began to form over the lake during the sudden temperature change as evening took hold. It was an amazing experience being out there to witness this.
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