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Maroon Bells (C54)

Maroon Bells (C54)

One of my all time favorite images. Probably because it took me over 20 years to get this. The people that were there that morning still talk about it being "the day" to be at the Bells. I talked to a local Aspen resident that had been going up there for over 40 years and he said this was by far the best morning he's ever seen. I had camped here for the previous 2 nights. It was well below zero each night. The night before we got about a foot of fresh snow. The previous day was overcast and cold so none of the snow melted (see image #C58 from previous morning). On this particular morning, there were literally hundreds of photographers lined up along the shore for sunrise. It was extremely windy so I knew there wouldn't be a shot at sunrise. I continued to the end of the lake to capture image #C55 shortly after sunrise. As I walked back down to the lake around 9:30, there were only a handfull of photographers left. Most left without a shot not realizing the best time to shoot this scene is 10:00 in the morning when the sun hits the opposite shore. The wind had also died down to nothing. I couldn't believe my luck to get clear blue skies, a foot of fresh snow on the trees, peak color, and a perfect reflection. This is what I'd call a once in a lifetime shot.