The snow-covered Rocky Mountain National Park peaks reflected in the waters of Lake Bierstadt.

Lake Bierstadt Reflection

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

My home is 75 minutes from the Beaver Meadows Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Many mornings I have risen in the dark and set off to reach Bear Lake by sunrise. On this particular September morning in 2009, I made six photographs at Bear Lake between 7:15 and 8:45, mostly high up on the talus slope among the golden aspens on the far side of the lake. After completing my last exposure, I realized the wind was unusually calm and decided to try hiking up to Lake Bierstadt to check on conditions. I knew there were no aspens around the lake, so no fall color, but it was such an unusually calm morning I thought there might be a chance for a reflection photograph. With mounting excitement, mingled with dread at the prospect of the lung-busting hike up to the lake, I gathered my equipment to make my way down the talus slope, back around Bear Lake to my car. I drove carefully down the switchbacks, past Glacier Gorge, to the Lake Bierstadt trailhead. The Lake trail is not particularly long--only 3.2 miles--but the trail gains over 600 feel elevation in the first half-mile, and with a starting elevation of nearly 10,000 feet! I shouldered my 40-pound pack and my 8-pound Crown 4 tripod, put my head down, and made my way up the switchbacks as quickly as I could. Finally, I reached the top of the ridge trail and turned east to circumnavigate the lake. The trail does not follow the shore, instead snaking through dense forest, so I could not glimpse the lake or the mountains as a hiked. When I burst from the forest trail onto the eastern shore, I was stunned by the view of the snow-covered mountain peaks and the perfect reflection staring back at me from Lake Bierstadt. Nearly shaking with excitement now, knowing the wind could gust at any moment and spoil the reflection, I quickly set up the tripod, got the camera on and opened up, lens on, and composed my photograph. I selected my 159mm Wollensak Extreme Wide Angle lens and inserted the 4x10 splitter into the spring back of my 1948 Kodak 2D View Camera. I made two exposures, seven minutes apart, one with and one without a polarizing filter. Having made the last exposure, I finally breathed a sigh of relief and relaxed, drinking in the stunning beauty of Lake Bierstadt.

Photo © copyright by Michael Lynn Roberts.

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