Photographer's Circus at Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells AU11-115

Did the Peak-Fall-Color-Circus at Maroon Bells this morning. When I arrived at the lake, some 40 minutes before sunrise, there were already at least 50 photographers lined up along the lake, with more constantly flowing in, until, by sunrise, the place must have been infested with 100 shutterbugs. Fall color was not quite at its peak, but it was close. The bad news: no clouds above the Maroon Bells, and no mirror on the lake, as a stiff breeze took care of that. Here’s what it looked like half hour before sunrise:

And after the sun came up, you have something like this:

The best fall color was off to the side. Not quite at peak, but very close: