This photo really does have it all: rock, water, autumn color, the beautiful shape of the pines — or firs. I don’t know my trees well enough to be sure. What I did learn tonight is that Texas and Montana are linked through the botanist George Engelmann. The Engelmann spruce and Engelmann daisy are named for the same fine gentleman.
I’m beginning to feel a bit like I’m reading Biblical begats when I poke around in the biographies. Engelmann was a friend of Asa Gray, who worked with John Torrey, who surely influenced the named of Charles Torrey Simpson, the great Florida conchologist — but I haven’t figured that out yet. In time!
The colors are really starting to come out at the higher elevations, probably because of the hard freeze we had one night last week.
I like the rock formations too, although sometimes walking through or over them can be a challenge.
I had visited this lake only once before, in early June a year ago and on that visit the lake was frozen over, those cliffs were nearly buried in snow and there were ten foot deep snow piles over the trail. I went back today and caught the light just about right and the whole place was gorgeous!
The few cold days and one very cold night that we just had has produced some pretty fall colors. Now the larger trees will begin to turn also. It should be a beautiful autumn after the last couple years that had very little fall color.
Thanks Maria. We haven’t had very good fall colors here for the last couple of years but it looks as though this year might make up for that. Now I just have to choose the right places for my ventures out and capture some of them!