EMERALD OASIS – HANGING LAKE
COLORADO – USA
The crystal clear waters of Hanging Lake are a harmonious blend of emerald and sapphire, creating a true photographic dreamscape. An oasis of surreal beauty, this lake stands in stark contrast to the arid landscape which dominates the majority of Colorado’s geography. This place might look right at home in Hawaii, were it not for the giant conifer trees which inhabit the ecosystem.
I’ve shot this lake several times over the last three years and wanted to find a unique vantage point. After an hour of exploring, I discovered an overlook which provided a high angle perspective, perfect for the change up I was looking for. Perched precariously on the edge of a cliff (not one millimeter to spare), time began to run short as the sun crept over the canyon wall. The threat of harsh shadows looming, the image finally came together in the last moments of soft light. The mossy falls, rich with green and orange, drape lacy curtains of water into the aquamarine pool. Once again, Colorado delivers the ultimate sight and sound of serenity.
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