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John & Joanne had gone back to their home in Denver and we stayed at Glenwood Springs from where we travelled to The Maroon Bells Scenic Area in the White River National Forest. Just before the town of Aspen there is a turn-off along Maroon Creek Road, which takes you there. Although not a National Park, your annual park pass is acceptable.

The Maroon Valley is surrounded by the 14,000 ft (4267m) peaks of the Maroon Bells, so called because of their colour and shape. The colour is from the presence of hematite, an iron bearing mineral, in the rocks. Maroon Lake that you see here is at an altitude 9,580ft (2880m)

Armed with John’s advice there was no point in arriving at sunrise as the lake would still be in shade. He suggested 8:30 am to 9am would be a good time, as the light would be on the lake, but the breeze would probably not yet have started to ripple the surface. Good advice John; thank you.

When we arrived the conditions were perfect, the surface of the lake just like a mirror. Interestingly there were about a dozen other photographers there, tripods at the ready. It was only as we approached that we recognised the English accents that we hadn’t heard for weeks. They were English photographers on a Western USA photographic tour.

We were in the area at prime time for the autumn colours of the aspen. Overall in the area, autumn was a little late, but the colours here were perfect. Before anyone says so, I have NOT over-saturated the colours; in fact I slightly reduced the saturation in the yellow channel. The bright green colour in the lake on the left is some strange kind of algae. Not a very original shot I’m afraid, but I couldn’t resist the colours and the reflections. It's a classic shot for a reason.

There’s a shot taken from the other end of the lake in the WS

ISO100, FL24mm,

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