Twin Lakes - located at the base of Colorado's tallest peak, Mount Elbert - is a magical place and seems to always have a surprise in store for visitors. Originally I had planned on staying one night, camped at the edge of the lake so that I would be ready at first light. But the first morning was such a great surprise with a stunning display of light and colors, that I decided to stay another night and hope for a similar experience the next morning. But over night a storm rolled through the area, blasting us with hail and rain. When I got up for the big sunrise reveal it was totally overcast and still drizzling. But I had learned my lesson the day before when I almost left before the magic was revealed. So I waited patiently. And my patience was generously rewarded: Without any warning suddenly the rain clouds opened up a just a little bit, but enough to flood the opposite side with this incredible deep orange sun light. The lake was completely calm and the reflection perfect. I hurried to get just a few quick shots, because I knew the magic moment would over very soon. Indeed, if you'd blinked you'd missed it - that fast. But it doesn't matter - I think the attached image captured the magic of the moment quite nicely. So glad I stayed... Please note that this is photo # 2 of two images I submitted #1 from the previous morning separately and that image is completely different but just as surprising.