This was a beautiful morning! Out of all the shots I took this may have been the best, but there is a slight anomaly to it. I am pretty sure that my focal point was on the horizon, the point between reflection and the physical scene, but if you look carefully, the reflection in the water is actually better focused than the actual trees. The water was very calm, but not completely still. Interestingly enough, virtual distant and actual distance of reflections are quite different. So, I am not sure what the focal distance would be on this reflection. Maybe I am overcomplicating it, but it is an interesting picture, beyond the beauty of the scene for this reason.
Admittedly, this one is heavily edited, but I did four renderings of the shot and thought the more ‘artistic’ approach was better. Its editing is heavy enough to be obvious in this artistic aim as it doesn’t aim for a normal shot. The reason was to saturate the picture heavy enough to get the green at the bottom of the lake to really stand out. Also, I wanted as much white on the water as the sky – almost got it there. This would look good on canvas in my mind.
The Lolo Motorway was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933 along the path of the Nez Perce travel route to and from Montana, the Lolo Trail. Much of the route also traces the Lewis & Clark Trail, as the followed the Nez Perce’s own trail. The CCC ran from 1933-1942, working on many projects that employed over 3 million young men from the ages of 18-25 during the Great Depression as a part of F.D.R.’s ‘New Deal’. The CCC worked on prestigious projects such as the Lewis & Clark Caverns in Montana and planting over 3 billions trees in the United States for reforestation purposes.
Below you can see my location on a topographical map (the lake where we camped is below to the right). It was the summit of Rocky Ridge, approximately 6,453 feet above sea level, according to my Casio Trek watch (and the topo map). It was the site of an old fire tower that has since been taken down(?). There was a survey marker immediately underneath the tower sight seen in the photos that was marked 1965, but then about fifteen feet away was this ‘geodetic’ marker from 1933 – no doubt put there by the CCC. It was a pretty interesting find.
Hope you enjoyed the shots!