Hiking Around Trout Lake, CO

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Trout Lake

Trout Lake outside of Telluride is clear, and when hiking around it, it takes on the hue of teal. When I was a girl, I used to draw this scene repeatedly not knowing it existed other than in my imagination. Jagged snow-capped peaks. Rolling hills. Pines poking up to the sky. A large, mountain lake. For me, this landscape is the perfection of nature and transforms into a holiness for which I am unable to describe and only appreciate.

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Taken from the side of the 145 highway, south of Telluride, Colorado, when Jim and I turned the bend and I saw my childhood “happy place”, my mouth dropped. I couldn’t wait to get to the edge of the lake and hike around the hills and into the Aspen groves.

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Natural Shutters Framing Trout Lake
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Glitter and Gold

Sometimes, all that glitters is gold.

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Hike Around Trout Lake

Every bend around the lake was a photo opportunity. I couldn’t believe our good fortune experiencing this place¬†with the breeze rustling the Aspen leaves around us for company.

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Entering an Aspen Grove

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Sunset over San Juan Mountains

Back at camp, as the sun set, the mountain range turned an unearthly pink.

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Pink Pyramid

With dinner baking in the Dutch oven, all that was left to do was light a campfire and relax.

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Camp Site at Dusk

Which shot is best? 

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