Monday, April 11, 2016

Isabelle Lake, Colorado

Isabelle Lake, Colorado

Located in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, Isabelle is another high mountain lake enclosed by incredible scenery. Filled from the melted ice of Isabelle Glacier, the bowl of frigid water is contained by a steep-walled basin at the top of a spectacular, flower-filled gorge.

On an overcast afternoon, serrated summits are crowded around the shimmering jewel, creating an intimate space of solitude. As dark clouds continue to descend, the silky tarn is a remarkable mirror with clear reflections that become shattered by afternoon thunder showers.

During our inevitable return, close observation reveals a sculpted landscape carved by an artistic power for hundreds of years. Featuring a chain of turquoise lakes and a pristine woodland, the resulting valley is a natural masterpiece.

5 comments:

  1. This looks very mystical and pure. It kind of reminds me of pics from Grand Tetons National Park. Hopping from A-Z, www.mauijungalow.com

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    1. Yes, these are the Indian Peaks carved by an ancient glacier so they are very steep and jagged like the Tetons in Wyoming.

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  2. Beautiful pics! Browsing by from A to Z
    I'm trying to get my wife to take a few vacations west and hike through some of our nations most glorious sites.

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    1. There are lots of good hikes in Colorado that will take you through some glorious, mountain landscapes.

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