Beautiful Blue Lakes

August 2010  |  San Juan Mountains, Colorado
A brilliant sunrise reflection at the middle Blue Lake - August. 

Blue Lakes Sunrise

A brilliant sunrise reflection at the middle Blue Lake - August. 

Sunrise alpenglow reflection of a rugged peak in the Sneffels Range, as seen from the middle Blue Lake. 

Blue Lakes Sunrise #2

Sunrise alpenglow reflection of a rugged peak in the Sneffels Range, as seen from the middle Blue Lake. 

Morning sunlight streaks across the peaks above Blue Lakes, as seen from near Blue Lakes Pass - August.  Notice the colorful...

Blue Lakes Pass Panorama

Morning sunlight streaks across the peaks above Blue Lakes, as seen from near Blue Lakes Pass - August.  Notice the colorful rock glacier at bottom left flowing into the upper Blue Lake. Rock glaciers are a unique characteristic of the San Juans; they form when water trickles down and freezes between high-altitude talus accumulations. Some rock glaciers, like this one probably, have ice cores and move downslope at rates of a several inches per year as the ice core flows similar to true glaciers. In the photo above the flow patterns are clearly visible on the rock surface.

Dusk light on Mt. Sneffels, as seen from a waterfall above lower Blue Lake. 

Blue Lakes Waterfall

Dusk light on Mt. Sneffels, as seen from a waterfall above lower Blue Lake. 

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