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Lake Helene

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 in Colorado
Lake Helene

Looking across the still waters of Bear Lake to the landscape beyond, I admire the scattering of bright gold aspen on the mountain slope beyond. Today marks only the first day of fall, but if the forecast holds, the colorful leaves I see now will soon be on the ground. By tomorrow morning, wintry temperatures and feisty winds will have moved in. Such conditions are sure to strip branches bare. But not to worry, today the weather is gorgeous and I’m on my way to a lake I’ve never visited before.

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Sunshine and Snow
Sunshine and Snow
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An Outdoor Living Room
An Outdoor Living Room
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Garden of the Gods Wilderness
Garden of the Gods Wilderness
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