50 Shades of Blue

This trip has unveiled plenty of stunning views with vivid colors, but some of my favorite scenes have been the lakes I’ve visited along the way.  Most have been as equally cold as they are beautiful (a fact I know due to swimming in the majority of them), which isn’t really surprising being as many are fed by snowmelt and glacier runoff.

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Sitting at about 9000′ elevation, with all that snow on the edges… you can imagine how warm this water was 

Some of these lakes owe their striking hues to rock flour deposits: glaciers grind rocks down into a fine powder that is carried away in the meltwater and into the lake.  As for the others, I’m not really sure what creates such vivid coloring, I just love the result!

Maybe not 50 shades total… but still, a lot of pretty blues to appreciate.

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