Today I returned to one of the two most beautiful lakes in Colorado. I hiked six miles up and back on the Loch Vale Trail from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. When I got to the trailhead, the temperature was so cold that I needed my down jacket, while it was hot in Boulder. It was a crystal clear morning in the mountains after a clearing rain overnight.
As beautiful as the panorama of the lake is, the photographs that I took today that excite me the most are close-ups. Even some birds stopped long enough for me to photograph them:
I finally found and photographed the one flower in my field guides that struck me as especially beautiful, but I hadn’t noticed before. I had certainly seen it. But it is so small that I ignored it until I looked in it today and found the spots on the pedals that attracted me so:
Wild raspberries were already ripe along the trail today. They tasted sweet!
When I stopped by the creek leading from the lake to photograph some flowers, I got a bonus bug. Is this red bug a bee or something else?
The Loch Vale Trail is excellent and not too steep, going from 9,200 feet at the trailhead to 10,200 feet at the lake. On the way up I considered going farther or making a loop back on another trail. But my left shoulder hurt too much.
I must have done some damage on my backpacking trip last week, although I didn’t notice any problem then or on my two subsequent hikes. This calls for a good massage, which I am scheduling, and for using a fanny pack on my next few hikes. I know that I will be OK soon.