Usually I don't post panoramas at 500px because this format doesn't show well at the site, but here goes another try...
This is "Upper Ice Lake", located near Silverton, CO. The lake sits at about 12,257 ft (3,714 m), an the peaks seen are the Golden Horn (13,769ft - 4172 m) and the Pilot Knob at 13,738 - 4,163m).
My buddy Ramon (you can see him in red towards the center bottom) and I are above treeline, a tough hike with all the camera paraphernalia; it’s windy and cold (20F) and there’s no water in sight. But then I see it... The bluest lake we’ve ever seen rests just in front of our eyes. Upper Ice Lake is a glacial tarn - a lake carved and fed by glaciers -that gets its nearfluorescent blue color from rock flour. When a glacier moves, it grinds the bedrock below, creating a crushed-rock powder that suspends in the water and absorbs the sun’s light spectrum in a way that creates a beautiful cerulean appearance. There are only a handful of similarly colored glacial lakes in the state, and although we’re standing along its banks, we still can’t believe its hue is natural.
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