Wallpaper Monday

Maroon Bells

The Maroon Bells are a pair of fourteeners in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, just southwest of Aspen. Photography fans know them as one of the most famous subjects of Ansel Adams.

I was fortunate to see an Ansel Adams exhibit in Greenwich last year, and pretty much lost my socks over the Maroon Bells print. They were selling poster versions of it in the gift shop, but a poster is to an original Adams print as an AM radio broadcast is to a front row seat at the symphony. Once you’ve had one experience, you can’t really appreciate the other.

So I carry that memory inside now (along with memories of all the other prints I lost my socks over — that was such a fabulous exhibit), and it makes my ears perk when I see references to familiar titles.

This photographer’s photo of Maroon Lake and the Bells in the distance doesn’t make the mistake so many others do, of trying to emulate the Adams shot. It can’t be done, so it’s best to do something different. The crystal clear water in the foreground, the ripples, the brilliant sunshine — this image buzzes with summertime in the high mountains, and it makes me want to wade in.

(Click the image to bellify.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Hick Crone says:

    I’m probably too late to comment on this scene. It is a beautiful hike from Maroon Lake up to West Maroon Pass, start at 9580′, turn around at 12,500′, thirteen miles round trip. Always amazed me to realize I was higher than Mt Hood’s summit because everything around is so high, too. I’m from elevation 160′ so it takes some acclimating before a hike like that. Even with acclimation time, I was gasping to make Electric Peak summit, 13,635′, on the Electric Pass hike. I was younger then…

    • oregon expat says:

      That’s higher than I’ve ever hiked! My top point is South Sister, 10,358 feet. Like you, I came from near sea level — yep, that acclimation is a killer. Hats off to you for managing 13 miles at altitudes where your lungs are convinced they’re not getting enough air.

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