That was my first visit there. It’s a very pretty lake setting and I think especially nice this early in the year when there is still ice on the lake and lots of snowbanks in the trees. This was about 8 AM and the sun was just hitting the lake area.
They could always take a photograph and paint from that. I think a lot of artists do just that. I saw a painting of a car featuring lots of chrome once and found myself looking at the reflections the artist reproduced in the chrome. Right there in a headlight was a camera on a tripod with a photographer (possibly the artist) right behind it. It may have been a self portrait. I thought it was pretty cool, and I bet the artist would have been pleased that I noticed.
Yes, that’s snow on the far bank. There are some very deep snowbanks and snow fields below that on that side of the mountain. You can see the ice on the water past the white rock. I will post some photos of the main lake later. Most of it is still frozen over with quite a bit of snow on the ice.
When I see reddish growth like that on the far side in the middle, I tend to think new growth – are spring and winter meeting here, or is that some other kind of plant I don’t know about?
It’s so beautiful – it reminds me of some of the very small alpine lakes in the Wasatch mountains in Utah.
I’m not quite sure what that is: this was my first visit to that lake. It could even be Spirea. Blossom Lake, just a few miles on the other side of the divide has a lot of that and I believe that is where it got its name. It does have a few of last fall’s leaves still remaining on it but yes, it is the meeting of a long cold winter that hasn’t quite let go and the exuberance of the new spring.
There is an abundance of such lakes in this part of Montana spread along the many miles of the Bitterroot Mountain Range and fortunately most are accessible only by foot or horseback. I also know of many in the Cabinet Mountains and a few in the Coeur d’Alenes.
It always is, David. This one especially so because when I reached it I had been hiking over snow banks for nearly two hours and was about the turn back. I gave myself two hundred more yards and caught sight of the lake at about 190!
You would love that area in the late summer Stacey, it looks like it will be an excellent and pleasant trail but you would not have liked the hike that time. I was continually climbing over snowbanks and trying to figure out where the trail was. Quite tiring. Once there though the lake was just beautiful.
This outlet area and about twenty feet of the lake itself are the only open water (besides the stream). The main part of the lake is still frozen over with snow on top of the ice. This is at 5800 feet.
It is summer in the valleys here, in fact it will hit 80 today, but this valley is bordered by mountains that top out at about 7,000 feet. Up there it is cooler and the deep snows that accumulated in winter have not all melted yet.