Although somewhat out-of-the-way, American Basin in Southwest Colorado is among the state's best locations to view wildflowers. The sky was cloudless on this morning, so I included as little of it as possible. A jagged ridgeline with unnamed peaks 13,806 and 13,744 catching the morning alpenglow provided more than enough visual interest to compensate for the featureless sky. Nearly freezing my feet off while capturing this image (I was actually rolling on the ground writhing in pain after standing in the stream for just a few minutes) prompted me to purchase a set of waders before my next foray into an icy mountain stream. Unfortunately, many of my long backpacking treks preclude me from carrying the extra weight. Anything to get the shot though, right?