Skiers beyond Red Pine Lake

You might remember some earlier posts about Red Pine Lake…or Upper Red Pine Lake…but these images are from my first visit to the lakes when they were under snow.  If you’d like to view the images from those earlier posts, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and find the Categories widget toward the right…and then click on Red Pine Lake.  You’ll see photos from the Red Pine Lakes that I made in September and October of the past two years.

As I was gazing out over the lake, checking-out the mountains, and glorying in all that was around me, I noticed a couple of cross-country or back-country skiers heading across the lake.  While this isn’t something that I would enjoy doing, crossing the frozen lake, I admired that they were out there partaking in the winter wonder that we find living near the mountains of northern Utah.  This first image is the southern half of the lake.  The upper Red Pine lakes are situated up and to the left of this image.

Red Pine Lake, south side

The below image is the northern half of the lake.  There is a bit of a dam or retaining wall in the clear area to the immediate right of the large clump of trees…it is essentially in the middle of the image.  The lake is a natural depression in the terrain and catches water from the seasonal rains and snow melt.  There is also an inlet on the south end that catches the drainage from the upper lakes.  While I do not know any of the specifics of the dam’s construction, I would imagine that it was built in the early 1900s as a means of preserving and releasing quantities of water for use in the metropolitan area down the canyon…as that was the reason other mountain lakes in the area were dammed.

Red Pine Lake north side

The track that I took to the lake climbed the ridge to the east of the lake…the skiers took the lower approach, which is the one that I’ve taken on my earlier visits.  The snow was quite deep and I didn’t have my snow-shoes, so I was just following the track laid by other skiers and hikers…but I would occasionally break through the compressed snow and find myself beyond my knees in the cold white stuff.

Skiers on track across Red Pine Lake

I didn’t stay to watch the skiers until they were completely out of my line of sight, but I did catch them as they continued their climb up the side of the mountain for a bit….

Skiers going up slope from Red Pine Lake

Skiers further up slope from Red Pine Lake

Part of the wonder in being out there in the mountains like this, regardless of the season, is the realization of how absolutely tiny we are as individual humans in the great expanse of our world.  I know this is only a small representation of our relative size to the rest of the physical world, but I think it captures the notion very well.

Skiers in perspective above Red Pine Lake

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16 responses

  1. Beautiful!

    January 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    • Quite, Dana. 🙂

      January 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

  2. Wonderful, and the narrative gives a true dimension to experiencing your lovely vistas. Thanks, Scott for making the effort to visit these beautiful places so that we can live in your world for a brief moment.

    January 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    • It’s always a pleasure to share them with you, John….and thank you.

      January 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

  3. I used to love cross country skiing but i never had to get up a mountain like that.

    January 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    • It’s quite a jaunt to get up there, Allen…and somehow, those guys on the skis seem to have an easier time of it than we hikers/snow-shoers do…and more fun on the way down. 🙂

      January 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

  4. Your images certainly help to put things in perspective! Lovely as always.

    January 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    • Thank you very much. 🙂

      January 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

  5. Difficult to imagine how it must feel to be surrounded by such awe inspiring mountains Scott.

    January 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    • I can only offer the parallel of wondering what it must be like to be surrounded by the amazing shore and sea-scapes that I find when visiting with you. It is quite a feeling, Adrian…one that’s difficult to put into words, sometimes.

      January 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

  6. Yours is really a different world from the one that most of us know. And it’s wonderful!

    January 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    • It’s also very different from the one where I had lived before moving here three and a half years ago…yes, I had lived in Germany and in Colorado for many years, but did not have access to this type of environment within minutes of my house. And…every single time I am out there in the mountains and canyons, I am intensely aware of the good fortune I have in living here…. I’m glad you enjoy the images from my world, Gary. Thank you for being here with me.

      January 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

  7. LB

    Absolutely tiny, indeed! Beautiful images … I do love winter and yes, would rather be there, gliding on xx skis than snowshoes or boots.

    January 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    • Thank you, LB…I enjoy the exertion of climbing it by foot…and think I might break a leg on the skis…. 😉

      January 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  8. Yes, anytime we can be reminded of our insignificance on this huge planet is a good time!

    February 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

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