While in Utah we went hiking on a trail in Guardsman Pass between Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon. The drive itself is a beautiful one with great views into the Heber Valley, plenty of wild flowers, and mountains all around. Hiking here proved to be just as beautiful. We went exploring on a side trail and came across this hidden lake. OK, there was a small group of locals that came down to the lake also, so how much of a “hidden lake” it was I don’t know, but to us it was off on a side trail and unexpected so we called it a hidden lake. I would love to be able to tell you how to get to this spot, but unfortunately I don’t know the name of the trail or the exact mile marker where we were.
If you go hiking on Guardsman Pass and find our hidden lake you will know it. It was a spectacular view to come around the corner and see the lake down below. The deep green of the water is not due to any photo editing, the water was truly that deep green color. Utah is a very dry state so it is also interesting to see the lake agains the dry surroundings.
If you have been following this blog you will probably notice a trend here: for this picture I used a circular polarizing filter to reduce the glare on the water and to deepen the blue sky. Normally a bright blue sky with no clouds can be somewhat boring in a picture, even though it’s beautiful in person, but in this case I like the contrast of the blue with the green of the trees and the water. It also helps that the blue sky isn’t a huge focus of the picture.
Hidden Lake Information
- Taken By: Paul
- Date Taken: 3-JUL-2012
- Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
- Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
- Exposure: 1/60 sec at F/5
- Focal Length: 19 mm
- ISO: 100
- Flash: Did not fire