Mount Zirkel

I recently had the opportunity to hike the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area (located about 40 minutes from Steamboat, Colo.) in late June.  Many of the high elevation lakes were still covered by snow & frozen over.  Three Islands Lake, however, had recently thawed and the 2.5 hour hike to it afforded some great flowing water shots along a stream bed running a “full bore” with the Spring runoff.

The silky effect for the water was achieved by using long exposures of between 10 & 25 seconds (camera mounted on a tripod).  I also used a polarizing filter to cut glare.

 

Looking downstream on route to Three Islands Lake

Looking downstream on route to Three Islands Lake

 

View upstream a few miles further along the trail.

View upstream a few miles further along the trail.

Rabbit Ears Pass

Later that evening, we enjoyed a great sunset at Rabbit Ears Pass.

Sunset on Rabbit Ears Pass, looking down upon Lake Catamount.

Sunset on Rabbit Ears Pass, looking down upon Lake Catamount.

Fish Creek Falls

One of our final stops was Fish Creek Falls, one of the favorite hiking spots near the ski area…also heavily travelled.

A small trickle of water on the hike down to the falls

A small trickle of water on the hike down to the falls

Fish Creek Falls viewed from above.

Fish Creek Falls viewed from above.