Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 24mm 1:1.4 L II, B+W polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Giottos head.Rain cover.
Like most photographers In Colorado, I’ve been at Maroon Bells with the throngs of people, all vying for the ultimate fall color reflection, armed with tripod and heaven forbid, the selfie stick. It has become a circus. For this shot however, I arrived 3 weeks after the peak color on a rainy October morning. I had stayed in Redstone the night before, giving me the opportunity for an early start.
The solitude of Maroon Bells in the morning rain with literally no one else near(mine was the only car) revealed its sublime beauty.The majesty of the Bells lies in a serenity that revives your senses, forcing you to focus on the power of nature’s hand, the symmetry of the bare trees, and the exceedingly beautiful Maroon lake.
Will I ever return with the stampede during peak color week? Yes probably. The colors are just that spectacular. Nothing however will ever compare to my rainy morning in October when I was alone for 3 hours with the mighty Maroon Bells.