At 9,400 feet in elevation, this is under several feet of snow right now, but this is what Bells Canyon upper reservoir looked like in August, 2013.  After a moderately strenuous, four-hour hike to reach the location, there is peace to be found along the shore of this desolate, alpine lake.  While there is no snow on the Salt Lake Valley floor, it will be another few months before the trails are clear enough for me to make the venture this far up into the mountains…and I can’t wait…..

Calm water of Bells Canyon upper reservoir

23 responses

  1. What a wonderful place to stop and sit a while Scott..

    March 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    • Like a paradise, Adrian…..

      April 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

  2. Ah, smooth and silky image. What a gorgeous interpretation, Scott. You are a fine landscape photographer. Do you follow Rick Braveheart? The Great American Adventure? You’d relate to his work. I’ve watched you develop skills akin to his, and you have his “eye”. He’s a professional photographer whose day job is recording the national parks and preserves throughout the US and Canada. He’s also a fine and generous man. You’d like him a lot. 🙂 I am always excited to see your images. They are superb, Scott. Congratulations. You’ve arrived… Chuckle…

    March 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    • Such nice words, George…and yes, I’ve seen you mention Rick Braveheart in the past…and I am going to go visit him directly when I finish this note. His sounds like a dream job…wow.

      April 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

  3. So beautiful, peaceful and serene. It’s making me want to go take a nap! 🙂

    March 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    • That would be a good place to do it, Gunta…maybe I should bring a hammock to string between a couple of trees the next time I get up there. 🙂

      April 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

  4. What I wouldn’t give to be there! I can only imagine how peaceful it must be!

    March 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  5. Well worth the hike, I’d say. Hope you brought a picnic lunch!

    March 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    • Well worth it, indeed, Gary…and yes, I did bring some lebensmittel with me. 🙂

      April 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  6. Really lovely

    March 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  7. Just imagine how long it would take in winter. Probably double the time, so it would mean camping there overnight. I can think of worse things.

    March 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    • That would be one hell of an experience, Allen…I know people go up there to ski…have seen them coming down the trail afterwards with the skis strapped to their backs…..

      April 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

  8. makes me calm 🙂

    March 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm

  9. Very pretty place! I’d bet at that elevation there would be several feet of snow covering the lake itself too. Sure would be interesting to see!

    March 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    • It would be a bit more of a challenge than I’d like to endure, Terry…hiking by myself out there…crossing some boulder fields with some four to five feet of snow on top of already unstable terrain…..sounds kind of freaky. 😉

      April 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

  10. LB

    I’d love to see this! The reflection is so clear even with the subtle movement of the water. Beautiful!

    March 24, 2014 at 5:31 am

  11. forgive me for using one post to praise another… especially because this one is truly beautiful. But I felt a need to comment on ‘of summer’s days’; such a moving lyrical image…

    March 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    • You’re very kind, Shimon…and I appreciate your words, wherever you might share them.

      April 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

  12. Clean, cool air and quietude with just the slight stirring of the trees on the higher slopes and the gentle lap of water…..heavenly.
    We don’t have any land at this altitude, Scott, so I have to rely on your wonderful photos in order to experience it, so thank you…

    March 25, 2014 at 3:35 am

    • You’re most welcome, John…it’s an experience that I treasure, as you must know already.

      April 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

  13. The Editors of Garden Variety

    Stunningly beautiful!

    March 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

  14. Stunning reflections, such a tranquil scene!

    April 1, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    • It’s a sweet place to sit after a nice hike, Susan….

      April 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

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