Upper Red Pine Lake under Clouds

If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you might remember a few posts from last year that highlighted the same lake…and if you do remember those images, you might also recall that they sky was bright in its blueness and reflected wonderfully in the surface of the lake.  It is amazing how different a place can appear when the clouds and lighting are so strikingly different.  Coincidentally, these images below were made exactly one year later than the ones in the earlier posts…to the day.

Upper Red Pine Lake under clouds 1

If you’d like to visit those earlier images, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Red Pine Lake category to be taken to a continuous roll of the earlier posts and photographs.

Upper Red Pine Lake under Clouds 2

And for those of you who are interested, Upper Red Pine Lake is at about 10,000 feet in elevation…400 feet higher than Red Pine Lake.  The lakes are situated in Red Pine Canyon, one of the tributary canyons or forks that extend south from Little Cottonwood Canyon…just south and east of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA…in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area of the Wasatch National Forest.  The hike from the trail-head to the upper lake is approximately four miles in length, has an elevation gain of about 2,500 feet, and may take you from 2.5 to 3.5 hours to accomplish…depending on your fitness level……….and how often you stop to make photographs….

27 responses

  1. So serene and also beautiful. A perfect place for contemplating.

    September 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

    • A perfect place, indeed, Chris….thank you.

      September 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

  2. Or take a breath….. 🙂
    Looks a lovely place and well worth the walk if these images are anything to go by.


    September 27, 2013 at 8:10 am

    • As you can imagine, David, the images are only a glimpse of the splendor up there…and yes, it’s definitely worth the effort….. 🙂

      September 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

  3. Amazing to see the difference. Love the first photo of this year 😉

    September 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

    • It’s quite striking, isn’t it? Thank you, Yvonne. 🙂

      September 27, 2013 at 8:35 am

  4. Where’s the rock skipping through the water?

    September 27, 2013 at 9:09 am

    • Sorry . . . on the water, not through it.

      September 27, 2013 at 9:09 am

      • There were no skipping-stones up there, Emilio…only chunks of granite about the size of softballs and larger….muuuuuuch larger. I did get a photo of the splash from when my son tossed a sizeable rock into the lake…and then a couple of shots with the radiating rings…..these photos just seemed to be a little more share-worthy…. 😉 I think this is another place you’d enjoy exploring….

        September 27, 2013 at 9:13 am

        • I would bring some river-rocks with me . . . .

          September 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

          • Then you’d have a blast. 🙂

            September 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

  5. Those are beautiful photos!

    September 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    • Thank you, Allen…it’s a captivating place….

      October 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

  6. Beautiful in this rather sullen mood… that second image is fantastic for depth and reflection. Then again the first one has that lovely mist clinging to the hilltop. What an utterly divine place to hang out.

    September 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    • Beautiful in a sullen way…very much so, Gunta….and those clouds seemed to have gotten stuck on the ridge-line…others swirled around a bit, but those stayed right where they were for the entire time we were up there……kinda cool. 😉

      October 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

  7. That’s a very pretty place and great photos!

    September 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    • It sure is, Terry…and thank you. 🙂

      October 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

  8. That first picture is very elegant and powerful. The colors really set a very special mood.

    September 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

    • When I first arrived at the lake, I was a little disappointed that the setting wasn’t as bright as it was for the previous visit…but there was still beauty to be had and shared. Thank you, Shimon.

      October 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

  9. I recall last year’s images and have just taken another look. Amazing how different a place can look. The starkness makes for interesting images – a comlpetely different mood. The foreground in the first shot is really strong, Scott.

    September 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

    • Thank you, Andy…that starkness did make quite a bit of difference from last year’s images….I was quite pleased by the way they turned-out.

      October 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

  10. Beautiful image in a totally different way…the clouds make for a completely different mood and atmosphere! Beautiful!

    September 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    • Thank you very much, Susan. I’d like to see the place under snow, too…that would be quite different…and beautiful, as well……maybe….

      October 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  11. I always love the water and the reflections in your photographs. These are beautiful places. No wonder you hike there.

    October 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    • Thank you, George…it’s hard to stay away….

      October 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

  12. That’s very cool you went back to photograph one year later – I remember the blue skies. This is just as lovely but in such a different mood.

    October 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…I like that moodiness.

      October 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

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