Sometimes secrets are best left untold about a place and experience. It was early July 1993 or maybe 1994, when we left Boulder from our meeting place at the Colorado ReservesÕ Armory on north Broadway at 3am. Having passed Redrock Lake and Brainard Lake in the dark, the trip to the Long Lake Trail Head took 60 minutes. The plan was to hike the 2.6 miles to Lake Isabelle to photograph the reflection of Shoshoni Peak as the sun rose.
The air was crisp and cool. Are tempo steady and swift in anticipation of what lay ahead. We had hiked in the darkness along the shoreline of Long Lake passed the falls to reach the lake at the edge of dawn. My friends, Loraine and Len, and I had made it in just over an hour. We were the only ones there.
The trail to the rocks damming the lake at itsÕ eastern outlet was lightly traveled and less for wear. We searched out locations we felt would relinquish the best potential photos as the sun rose. Yet roaring cascade releasing over the dam filled our ears as much as the silence of nature surrounded us. The sunrise was exquisite with high flying Cumulus clouds flowing slowly over the mountain tops of the Continental Divide and warm rich light illuminating the peaks reflecting on the lake.
I had heard from my mentor and National Geographic Photog Sam Abell, Òif the light is good on the subject to the west at sunrise turn to the east. I could be even better.Ó You know, the secret had been out for some time, when I discovered the cascade streaming from Lake Isabelle at sunrise. Having moved downhill from the Lake to the east I found a perch along the edge of the cascade as the sun pierced the eastern horizon of the Great Plains.
A time-lapsed photo of the cascade with the sun starburst as it rose over the horizon would define the moment. A 35mm Nikon FE2 with 20mm Nikkor Lens with a F-Stop set at f22 and shutter speed at 4 seconds with Fuji Velvia Film (ISO50) was used to capture the sunrise starburst and the time-lapsed ribbons of the watery cascade.