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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby peninsula » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:08 pm

Off the beaten path, but well worth the visit is Lake 11,092 in Kings Canyon
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby Vitaliy M. » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:15 pm

Wow, that is beautiful. Not too sure about all the effects though.
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby peninsula » Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:28 pm

Picket Creek with its associated lakes is an awesome location above the KernKaweah drainage, Sequoia NP.
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby peninsula » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:25 am

This lake collection is below Window Peak, one of Ranger Randy Morgenson's favorites according to the book.
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby sierraman » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:58 am

I visited Window Peak Lakes Basin in 1983. I remember the visit to this day because the valley was utterly pristine. There was no sign whatsoever that anybody had ever been there before.
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby sierraman » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:27 am

Wow, I had no idea these posts were so powerful. Mention a lake by name and it will be polluted, destroyed and degraded. Well, we might have lost the 30 or so lakes referenced in this thread, fortunately there is about 300 more.
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby simonov » Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:59 pm

Romain wrote:I second Precipice:
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Thirded:

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Big Hamilton Lake looks good from some angles:

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South Fork Lake 2 near Cottonwood Lakes:

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Lakes below New Army Pass:

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I no longer have a photograph, but the most beautiful lake I recall seeing in the Sierra is Columbine Lake at the top of Sawtooth Pass.
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby SeanReedy » Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:30 pm

simonov wrote:I no longer have a photograph, but the most beautiful lake I recall seeing in the Sierra is Columbine Lake at the top of Sawtooth Pass.
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Thunderclouds are obscuring the view of the range's highest peaks, the lighting isn't great, nor was I using a good camera, but my first Sierra peak hike and ensuing first posts to SP revolved around a Sawtooth outing; Columbine from near Sawtooth Pass on July 24, 2005:

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In case you also wanted to see the easier to reach Upper Monarch Lake, west of Sawtooth:

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I don't carry a camera lately besides my phone, but I was fortunate to visit at a good time and was impressed by the beauty of the Conness Lakes and the small ponds east of North Peak (part of Twenty Lakes Basin). It felt like cheating walking just a couple of miles to reach them. I posted a few of the images to SP after my last trip to the Sierra in early July (I'm itching to get back as I rehab from a substantial injury sustained on the trip, but this thread helps me get a quick fix). A sample from my profile page:

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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:33 am

un-named tarn below mt. huxley

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tulainyo lake

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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby Daria » Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:35 am

Little McGee Lake:

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Bighorn Lake:

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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby David Senesac » Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:30 am

Well thanks for putting some life in this thread. I see back in 2013 I posted some links though no embedded images. And all the link paths have since been changed so are stale. Will repost just the first, 4x5 from 2005 just to show yeah they still exist in my galleries.

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The beauty of lakes is always more than just the waters as the surrounding landscapes, especially peaks, are usually the most important facet of their aesthetics. Thus the task is to find impressive peaks and their nearby waters. Then visit such when wildflowers and greenery are peaking during summer during calm, usually during mornings, while one has luck of uncommon whispy clouds.

So now a couple more recent lakes from last summer that are not captured with film but rather digitally. Multi row column stitch blends with considerable focus stack blending. The composite originals are huge images that I display just narrow slice crops of so via links since the forum software would punyize it.

12,000 x 7,500 pixels Box Lake with Peppermint, Bear Creek Spire, Dade, Abbot, Mills
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12,000 x 10,600 pixels no name in Little Lakes Valleys
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Re: Most beautiful lakes in the Sierra

Postby ROL » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:26 am

David Senesac wrote:The beauty of lakes is always more than just the waters as the surrounding landscapes, especially peaks, are usually the most important facet of their aesthetics. Thus the task is to find impressive peaks and their nearby waters. Then visit such when wildflowers and greenery are peaking during summer during calm, usually during mornings, while one has luck of uncommon whispy clouds.


I just get lucky sometimes...

Banner Peak, Island Pass
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Banner Peak Clearing, Island Pass
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Sunset, Garnet Lake
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Shadow Lake, After the Storm
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Sunset, Cathedral Peak
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Floating Erratics and Cumulus, Tenaya Lake
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Evening, Long Lake
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Chocolate Peak Reflection
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7 Gables, Little Bear Lake
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Sunset, 60 Lake Basin
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Broken Log, Tuolumne (Gibbs Tarn)
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...beauty is how you find it, and what you make of it – at least I've found. ;)
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