long's peak bear lake

Summers in Rocky Mountain National Park are full of discoveries.  Those who venture out late into the cool night air find additional wonders.  This view of Long’s Peak from Bear Lake is rewarding during the daytime, but spectacular with dark moonless night skies.  The mountains and Milky Way are the primary points of interest in the composition.  The light painted trees on the distant shoreline create additional interest in what would otherwise be blackness.  The mirror-like reflection in the foreground helps to create depth and was possible due to the unusual calm on this peaceful July night.