Trip Reports: Below The Zodiac, Gore Range, Colorado - August 2017

After our backpack trip in the northern Gore Range, we drove over to the east side and backpacked into the Eagles Nest Wilderness again, this time to Willow Lakes. I'd backpacked here before 12 years ago and I was excited to show Claudia this place and hopefully to photographic some nice light too! We spent a couple nights up there, generally relaxing and exploring this beautiful basin. I was fortunate to photograph some of the best sunrise light of the summer here!

Colorado, Gore Range, Willow Lakes, Eagles Nest Wilderness, Zodiac Ridge, reflection, photo

Misty Zodiac

Clouds swirl about Zodiac Ridge as rainy weather clears for a moment. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Colorado, Gore Range, Willow Lakes, Eagles Nest Wilderness, reflection, Zodiac Ridge, sunrise, photo

Zodiac Ridge Reflection

Zodiac Ridge is a ragged ridge with 9 spires named after the Zodiac signs -- from left to right there's Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini Twins, Taurus, Scorpio, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aries. The ridge makes for a badass traverse for climbers -- and a photogenic skyline for a photographer, especially in brilliant sunrise light! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Colorado, Gore Range, Willow Lakes, Eagles Nest Wilderness, Zodiac Ridge, reflection, photo

Zodiac Shadows

Morning cloud shadows on Zodiac Ridge, Eagles Nest Wilderness. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Colorado, Gore Range, Willow Lakes, Eagles Nest Wilderness, Zodiac Ridge, photo

Coffee Spot

Pretty nice place to cook up the morning coffee. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.