Maroon Bell Shadows
The East Portal is a less-traveled trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area. Although the trail lacks the breathtaking views of the Maroon Peaks over Crater Lake, it does allow for a longer and more interesting walk. Wild anise, aspen, and wildflowers line the trail. The views of the South side of Pyramid Peak are spectacular. I took this panorama from the East Maroon trail just as storm clouds were starting to roll in and cast shadows over the peaks. After this series of shots I was caught in a lightning and hail storm.