The trek began at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, more than an hour before sunrise. It was a mile hike with snowshoes up to Dream Lake. As I hiked up, the winds were howling through the trees. When I reached the lake, the winds were up to 40+ mph, blinding my view of Hallet Peak seen here on the left. The wind was so strong, the small pellets of snow were like darts hitting my eyes. As the sun came up over the horizon and started to change the colors in the clouds, I found my spot on the ice and set up my tripod. The colors began to transform in the sky and I became entranced with the unfolding scene in front of me forgetting about the gusting wind, the blinding snow and my hands stinging from the cold. This was the moment I had dreamed about and had envisioned for so long. A morning I will never forget!