Crystal Lake (Colorado)

Today’s post is the first from the second part of my recent road trip. After photographing in Glacier NP for a week, I drove to southwest Colorado (Ouray was my home base for the week) for some early mountain wildflower photography. I was part of a photography group from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and we had a very well organized agenda. We had multiple jeep rides into the old mountain and mining trails that are located in the Ouray-Silverton area. As Mother Nature was on our side, we had wonderful wildflower exhibits everywhere we traveled! In fact, I think I saw more wildflowers in that week than I have my entire lifetime!

This post was from our first morning out. Not far from Ouray is Crystal Lake, a beautiful lake that presents wonderful reflections of the Red Mountains. In addition to these great reflections, many wildflowers were just beginning to bloom. Here are a couple of landscapes I captured at Crystal Lake:

The Red Mountains of Colorado

Crystal Lake, Colorado

I think you’ll agree that Crystal Lake is a beautiful place to spend some time!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF28mm-135mm, f/3.5-f/x IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 Tripod, with Graff Studioball SB-QR ballhead
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/8 sec. (top photo) and 1/40 sec. (bottom photo)



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