On a rainy, cloudy, cold day, I made the trip up I70 to Mount Evans, one of the 54 ‘fourteeners’ or mountains above 14k feet in Colorado.  Nestled in the trees at 10,600 ft is Echo Lake, probably one of the most photographed spots in Colorado.

I doubt my pics that day will end up in anyone’s coffee table book due to the cloud cover, but for me, it was a great adventure to a new place.

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When I first pulled up, the rain was pouring down.  I got out and walked around but it was useless, the rain was just too intense so I went on up the mountain.  When I came back down, the rain had dwindled to a fine mist so I tried again.  I wasn’t 50 steps from the car when the rain let up and I was able to break my camera out and try some shots.  This is one of them.

A trail leads around the lake and there are a half dozen others that you can take off in different directions, but given the weather I stuck close to the little park area.  I captured this shot and a few others, but I felt this was the best of the lot all things considered.  I did manage to get some great shots of a family of ducks taking a swim:

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Mom and the little one’s came really close to me, which surprised me.  They might be used to human’s feeding them, which makes sense given the area.  But Dad wasn’t too happy – he came by to check me out and swim between me, the mrs. and the kids:

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I was really happy that the rain paused and gave me some time to hang out and snap some pics.  Echo Lake is gorgeous and I plan to head back when the weather is a little better.



  • Ashley Posted September 28, 2010 10:40 pm

    The ducks look a little like mallards — almost, but not quite. Interesting to see papa duck behave like that! I’ve encountered families of ducks around here, but never all at the same time like that. That’s pretty cool.

  • Clifton Hill Posted September 30, 2010 11:32 am

    Scenic. I personally love the way low cloud cover curls and wraps its way across the landscape. Sometimes I get lucky on my way to work or traveling to the peninsula (SF) and get to see the fog creeping over the hills from the ocean. Very nice.

    By the way, you’ve been hit with a star award. Details here, I know these are silly, but I felt compelled to comply with the orthodoxy of the chain post: Takes me back to the chain e-mails of the AOL days.

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