The red comes from some kind of shrub, but I don’t know what it is. The flora in the Bitterroots seems to be much different from what I’m used to. Perhaps next summer I can get to know more about it when it has its new leaves. I suspect it might be a species of blueberry or huckleberry.
This lake is in the northwest corner of the Great Burn which is a proposed wilderness area of about 252,000 acres part in Montana and part in Idaho. I hope to visit many places in that area next summer. I’ve seen a little now and it’s beautiful!
There’s another trail that accesses the lake from above, and I think I’ll take that trail another time. The trail that I used came up the stream from below. I understand there are quite a few goats on the higher parts of the cliffs.
Yes, a cloudy day does heighten the colors, but the gray/white sky is hard for the camera to deal with. I always prefer cloudy or rainy days to photograph wildflowers; in fact a large proportion of my flower photos were taken from under an umbrella.
Hi Montucky, What a pretty lake. Yes, cloudy days do make for interesting and slightly more challenging photography. That lake looks refreshing. I wonder if there are trout in it? Have a fantastic day today!
Had I known the area better I might have stayed there for a few hours to see if the sky would clear, but I didn’t really want to have to go back down a strange trail in the dark. There will be other days!
That trail traffic can be very disconcerting…makes it hard to connect with “being” out there when there are so many people around, which I already know you understand. I’ll still wait for your photos from your next season hiking in the Great Burn. 🙂
There will be some good hikes because there is a trail that runs along the divide between Idaho and Montana and it can be intercepted in a number of places much more remote than Heart Lake and HooDoo Pass. TGF 4X4’s!