Hiking the Wild Basin Trail to the Calypso Cascades

I hiked the Wild Basin Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday. I hiked to the Calypso Cascades, a round trip hike of 3.6 miles with a 700 foot elevation gain.

Just three tenths of a mile from the trailhead, a hiker is rewarded with views of lower and upper Copeland Falls.

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Hiking along North Saint Vrain Creek, the sound of rushing water accompanied me most of the way.

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Another mile up the trail from the Copeland Falls, the Wild Basin Trail Crosses North Saint Vrain Creek.

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The Calypso Cascades are another three tents of a mile up the mountain. The flow was down this time of year, but the falls are still a spectacular view.

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Ouzel Falls are another nine tenths of a mile up the trail with additional gain of 250 feet. I had originally hoped to get to Ouzel, but daylight and my water supply were getting low.  Perhaps another day.

 

The Blood Moon Gives Way to a Foggy Morning

Friday’s lunar eclipse, the longest of the year, occurred before the moon rose in North America, but its effects could still be seen as the Blood Moon rose above Reeds Lake.  By Saturday morning, the moon was washed of its blood-red coloring and brought a glow to the pre-dawn fog. (Click on an image to see it full-size.)

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The morning sky was a beautiful pastel as it illuminated the foggy landscape.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, June 2018

I spent this past week in Glen Arbor, Michigan, vacationing with my family.  Staying  in Glen Arbor had a couple of advantages for my photography. Without having to make a three hour drive to be in position before sunrise, I was able to “sleep in” until 5:00 a.m. each day. Then, I also had the pleasure of shooting sunsets, something I can’t do on my day trips to the peninsula.

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Before dawn on Narada Lake in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
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The rising sun made the fog on Narada Lake glow.
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On Narada Lake
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A lone tree in the fog in a meadow at Point Oneida.
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Along the Crystal River
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Before dawn on Good Harbor Bay.
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Sunset over the Manitou Passage and South Manitou Island.
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Another shot of the Manitou Passage.
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The afterglow of the setting sun hangs over Sleeping Bear Bay and Alligator Hill.
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The moon sets over Sleeping Bear Dune, as seen from the Bay View Trail Overlook.