This is an image that has become one of my favorite black
and white photos. And just like last month's featured image, Crystal Mill and Stars,
this represents an attempt to capture an iconic Colorado location in a slightly
Stormy bells, despite appearing as if it was
taken on a winter’s day, was actually captured on a fall photography trip. I
had been staying at a campground nearby and head awakened that morning to
overcast skies and the mountains being socked in. I made my way to the Maroon
Lake area on the off chance that I would get a break in the weather. This is a
common situation that all landscape photographers know very well. You awaken
early in the morning only to find the weather conditions undesirable, but you
still make your way to the area you want to photograph just in case the weather
breaks. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn't. This time happily it
While the Sky was still overcast, I had begun to
hike up the trail that ascends past the Lake. I saw that the storm was
beginning to clear around the mountains, and I found a good vantage point where
I could get some of the forested hillside in the foreground and the mountains
in the background as their fresh mantle of snow from the night before began to
This kind of interaction between mountains and storms is
always fascinating to me, and I often like to render these images in black and
white to really help me emphasize the delicate details in the clouds and craggy
mountain textures. This image was no exception. The black and white version helped
me focus in on just that and create what I think is a dramatic and beautiful recreation
of this scene.
As the Sky began to clear more, I realized that I would have
a chance at a nice image of the mountains reflected in Maroon Lake, which is a
much more traditional approach to this location. I hurried down to the Lake and
was able to capture a number of images there as the sun continued to light up the
hillsides in front of the mountains. One of the resulting images, Bells Reflections,
has also become one of my most popular at art festivals.
It is certainly not every day that I get to capture two of
my more successful landscapes in one day, but happily that was the case on this
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