Ice Lakes Basin

July 2010  |  San Juan Mountains, Colorado

This weekend I went on an overnight backpacking trip to Ice Lakes Basin, in the San Juans of Colorado, along with a fellow photographer and about 200-300 other hikers. I’ve never seen so many people in the San Juans! I guess this is the “go to” place around here now. Anyhow, no problem, the basin is big enough for everyone. The wildflowers were great, and the clouds kept rolling through offering nice lighting conditions most of the time.

A columbine framed by the red colors of Indian Paintbrush wildflowers. 

Columbine in the Red

A columbine framed by the red colors of Indian Paintbrush wildflowers. 

Late afternoon at Ice Lakes. 

Ice Lakes Tundra Wildflowers

Late afternoon at Ice Lakes. 

Sunset at a high alpine stream in Ice Lakes Basin.

Stream Sunset

Sunset at a high alpine stream in Ice Lakes Basin.

Sunrise in a small pond in Ice Lakes Basin - July.

Ice Lakes Sunrise Clouds

Sunrise in a small pond in Ice Lakes Basin - July.

Morning shines on the orange mountains and green tundra at Ice Lakes - July. 

Ice Lakes Paradise

Morning shines on the orange mountains and green tundra at Ice Lakes - July. 

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