Sometimes the wind blows so hard that when you put the snow shoes on the ground in the parking lot they blow away. The snow drifts in so quickly you can have an avalanche every couple of hours in some of the gullies. And you are virtually guaranteed you will get Emerald lake to yourself. Oh man, is it beautiful when it's like that. And getting out? You sit on the ice of Emerald and Dream Lake, unzip your coat, make a sail and enjoy the ride. Hope you enjoy this oldie.
Now, I'd like to see that in person Rich ... fantastic!
Cool shot! Litereally :) BBbrrrrrr !!
I like this one! and no crowds to boot! :)
Keep up the Great work!
Wow! This picture is so great that I could feel the wind blowing! This picture reminds me to ask if it started to snow. For me, yesterday night was the first night I could see rain since last winter and it just begin no to be hot.
Thanks for sharing this picture.
Greetings Dann, Michael,Bruce and Mohammed, Thanks so much to all of you for visiting this latest edition of the Dragon Tail and your wonderful comments.
Dann, The wind blows a lot in the park during the winter, so you would stand a pretty good chance of getting to experience these conditions if you came up. It has it's own special kind of beauty and reward when the conditions get this way.
Michael, On a nice day in the winter you can get 100 to 200 people within a quarter mile of the parking lot. They rent snow shoes and go for a walk around Bear Lake (hardly worth it but at least they tried snow shoeing). Others will make it up to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake (Dragon Tail). But when the wind blows like this, you may get 10 cars in the parking lot and each passenger has his or her agenda and you probably won't see each other the whole day. Yes you can get solitude.
Bruce, The winter is the best time of the year to get up in the park. Everyone is off the clock and the approach to the back country is completely different. You hardly ever see a ranger because all the inexperienced people play at Bear Lake and the rangers take care of them there. The rest of the park is empty and ready to be explored. The scenery changes storm to storm and never seems the same way twice.
Mohammed, The snows have arrived in Colorado's high country. Two ski areas are open on a limited basis with man made and natural snow. We have had two storms in the last week and more snow is expected tonight. Some areas above 10,000 feet have 12 inches on the ground. It may stay the winter, or we could get a warm spell and have it all melt off again. It is still early, but it is looking promising right now. From Denver, the Continental Divide is white with snow from the northern to southern horizon. That will make a great backdrop to the World Series of Baseball!
Thanks again to all for visiting. I'm glad you like the rugged beauty of the park when the conditions are less than ideal and otherwise perfect.
Again a wonderful series, Richard, which finally convinced me to put you to my favourites. Great photographs of very impressive mountains with plenty of snow. I´d really like to come for a visit...
Greetings PeSchn, Thanks for visiting the Dragon Tail and your wonderful comments. Thanks for including me among your favorites, I'm honored. Winter is afoot in Colorado and many snow pictures are being readied as we speak (in the hills by mother nature).
Well, that´s great, Richard, and it´s good to know you will report all the beauty mother nature ia about to create... ;-)), won´t you...?
Greetings and thanks for your comment, Peter
This is a powerfull shot Rich!
Greetings Alex, Thanks for visiting and commenting on a windy Dragon Tail. It was a fun day and certainly worth a beer to celebrate surviving the hurricane.
Well, gee ... I don't live to far away. I ought to make a trip up there soon. Your photos really advertise it well!
Greetings Dann, By all means, if you are close, go for it. And if you need the snowshoes and what not, you can rent it all up in Estes. Take the camera and extra batteries. The cold eats my batteries like snack food.
My camera eats batteries too ... especially when I'm doing lightning exposures. I practically have to wear at AA ammo belt. haha.
Greetings Dann, I was the same way on the HP camera. I could go through the rechargeable batteries, plus 8 more on a good day. I should have gotten stocks in Duracell.
Absolutely wonderful, Rich! Cold, rugged, and so beautiful! Thanks for letting me see this way something I'd never be able to see in person.
Hello Rich! This is an excellent photo. Thanks for sharing this sight, because, just like Marilyn, I won't be able to see it in person either, especially not this way. These cold winds plus snow are nothing for me. It must be a real adventure! Greetings, Anne
hey Richard...!!!your new collection is so nice,,really your are a great photographer and you know when you shall catch a picture and you take it in the true moment..so thank you very very much to this perfetto foto and God bless you..sorry for my english language..I have take a hard lessons in it..;)but i think you understand what i said..:)grazie e saluti dall'Italia..:)
Greetings Marilyn, Anne and Hawilyana, Thanks to all of you for visiting the Dragon Tail and your wonderful comments. This is a special place.
Marilyn, On a spring, summer or autumn day, the hike in to the Dragon Tail is very relaxing and scenic. The trail is well designed and it is just a pleasure to stand on the shore of Emerald Lake and take in the Glacial Gorge, Hallet Peak and the Dragon Tail spires. During the winter months this is our favorite place to go extreme sledding on blue plastic sheet sleds. When the weather really gets bad with wind and sunshine you get these spectacular shots. Some winter days it snows very hard, without a breath of wind, and you an actually hear the millions of snow flakes touching the ground in a soft hiss.
Anne, I am glad you enjoy the mountain wilds through my photographs. You too live in a beautiful place and you capture it well with your photographs. We can share each others adventures and have twice the fun. Sometimes for fun when we come back down we will go to the south side of the drainage, away from the trail and bush whack out. We'll go as long as we can without the snow shoes, wading through thigh to waist deep snow. The steepness of the slope makes it a controlled slide to the bottom. It really is fun and you are working so hard you don't get cold.
Hawilyana, thanks for your praises on the photographs and my skills. I really appreciate that. One thing I find is that it is hard to take a bad picture when you have a great subject. You see that in Italy's cities, villages and mountains. It is fun to visit through your pictures also. Winter has come to my high country so I will venture out to see what mother nature will show us this year.
Thanks again to all for visiting and have a great weekend.
Must be a fantastic region. Greetings from Spain, Thomas.
Greetings Thomas, Thanks so much for visiting the Dragon tail and your wonderful comments. The Rocky Mountains are beautiful and Rocky Mountain National Park protects a very beautiful part of them. I am fortunate to live an hour away from the park. I always enjoy the mountain stages of the Tour de France when it goes through the Pyrennes (mispelled - sorry). Those are beautiful also.
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