White Pine Lake…in August

If you are a newer visitor to this blog, you might not have seen the earlier posts that I shared on White Pine Lake…and if you have been visiting for a while, you might remember them – White Pine Lake in September, Toward White Pine Lake, and White Pine Lake Reflections.  If you’re interested, you can click on each of the highlighted names to be taken back to the other posts, or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “White Pine Lake” category and find all of them together.

Because I’ve already shared much of what I know about the place and various photos that show you what it looks like getting to the lake, I’ll just share a few additional images that I made a couple of weeks ago.  I will also add that each trip to the lake, once each year for the past three, has been a treasure….  I would suggest that there’s some kind of magic up there that infuses the heart with peace and the mind with wonder and amazement…but it’s not really magic…it’s a bit of mountain air and solitude and a mightily concentrated dose of Mother Nature shot straight into your veins………OK, so maybe it is magic, anyway……

I hope you enjoy this batch of  Wasatch Mountain wonderfulness.

White Pine Lake in August 1


White Pine Lake in August 2


White Pine Lake in August 3


White Pine Lake in August 4


White Pine Lake in August 5

26 responses

  1. I could spend a good amount of time skipping rocks there.

    September 3, 2013 at 7:25 am

  2. lucywilliamspoetry

    Lovely pics

    September 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

    • Thank you, Lucy. 🙂

      September 3, 2013 at 8:05 am

  3. Serenely beautiful.

    September 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    • It is exactly that, Karen. 🙂

      September 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

  4. I’d love to listen to the silence here. And I want to investigate those stunted looking trees in the foreground of the last photo, and the tiny yellow flowers. Beautiful place, and perfectly captured.

    September 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • Oh, the silence is incredible, Lynn…however…when I was approaching the lake, from the very far left of all the photo frames, there was a coyote howling and yapping…and the sound was crazy, as it was echoing inside the bowl of the lake…it only lasted about a minute or so (and fortunately it was witnessed/heard by another hiker)…and then there’s the little breeze blowing in the trees above you…. It is a wonderful experience up there…truly.

      As regards the stunted trees, if I’m not mistaken, those are sub-alpine firs and you can often find them growing shrub-like from the ground. I would imagine that the growth pattern is an adaptation to accomodate being covered by several feet of snow each winter. And I don’t know about those tiny flowers. I’ll have to go back and look at some other photos to see if I can find any with a better view, or closer, at any rate.

      September 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

  5. So very beautiful and magnificent Scott! Blessings, Robyn

    September 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    • Thank you, Robyn…very much.

      September 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  6. Wow, Scott… these are all literally breathtaking, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the first one. I could get lost in that one! (in a good way!) 😉

    September 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    • Very nice words, Gunta…thank you…and that first one is my fav also…was going to use it for the post all by itself, but thought the others would go well with it. And yes, that would be a good place to get “lost” for a while.

      September 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      • I wouldn’t have wanted to miss seeing the others, but that first one just sucked me right in.

        September 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        • That’s cool. 🙂

          September 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

  7. It’s an amazingly beautiful place. I’d love to spend a couple of weeks there exploring.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    • That would be a very tiring couple of weeks, Allen…you can go straight up the ridge and over and come down at Upper Red Pine Lake, where I’m going tomorrow, or go waaay around to the right and take another route to that Red Pine Lake…or further past that to Maybird Gulch with its three lakes…and on and on I could go. I’m confident that you’d love it. 🙂

      September 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

  8. Beautiful place, Scott! And a great day to be there!

    September 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    • It was a wonderful day to be there, Terry…clouds that came and went…and cool enough that my fingers were chilly, but not too much….it was very refreshing after the hike that it took to get there.

      September 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

  9. That is a beautiful place. It has an air of calm and peacefulness. I could quite easily sit there for an hour or two.

    September 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    • If you can imagine where I was sitting when I made the last photo, Andy…that’s where I sat for almost an hour, having a snack and relishing in that calm and peacefulness that you mentioned. It was wonderful.

      September 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

  10. Gorgeous Scott!

    September 6, 2013 at 12:08 am

    • Thank you, Adrian. 🙂

      September 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm

  11. I really like the reflections on the water in the second picture.

    Was the area fully forested in days of yore or has it always looked as it does now?

    September 8, 2013 at 1:21 am

    • It was a treasure-trove of reflections up there, Finn…the clouds were in constant motion with the sun peeking out intermittently, staying out for a few minutes and then going away again…it was a very dynamic setting with the lighting and breeze on the water….it was actually quite enjoyable to sit and watch it all develop. I can’t say that I really know anything about the geological and landscape history of the place, but I do know that we’re way up at the top of the mountain in this area…it appears as if the boulders have fallen from the top of the rock as the mountains have pressed their way upward…so I imagine that the trees have simply been brought up by seed, moving further up the slopes as the wind and birds, etc, have carried them up there. There don’t appear to be any signs of man-wrought de-forestation in this area, as there are in other places in the Wasatch…..

      September 13, 2013 at 8:09 am

  12. It’s the blue! Scott. There’s something about blue, especially when reflected in water…..it’s like the edge of infinity…….intangible space made tangible…….that, and the clarity of the air…..a great place….and lovely pics…..

    September 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    • You could be right, John…there is an immensity in the blue, isn’t there? “…like the edge of infinity….” I like that very much. Thank you for your nice words…about this incredibly lovely place. 🙂

      September 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

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