Having been to Bear Lake many times, I've come to appreciate when I can get lucky with fantastic conditions like this - on my very first attempt at a location.
The aspen leaves looked awesome, we still had view of a bit of new snow that remained on the north face of Longs and other peaks, relatively calm winds allowed some color to reflect off of Bear Lake, and best of all, clouds came out of hiding to line up just right for the last light of the day.... Sure, I had to wait close to a year for the leaves to show their color, but it definitely helped that luck was on my side last night. When the beautiful last light appeared, it was clear that the 7 other photographers that had hiked to this unmarked spot sure seemed to appreciate it as well!!
Each of these single exposures were captured with GND filters above Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.