A 360-degree panorama with Flat Top Mountain at left, Notchtop Mountain [summit at 12129 ft/3697 m] at center, and Joe Mills Mountain at right.
Early morning light breaks over Bierstadt Lake.
A first glimpse of Notchtop Mountain from the trail as it crosses a talus slope at around 10,500 feet.
Tree silhouetted against Notchtop Mountain.
Lots of lakes: Odessa Lake at left, Lake Helene in the foreground at right, and Two Rivers Lake in the background at right. Joe Mills Mountain at center.
Bandits [in this case, Canada jay or gray jay, Perisoreus canadensis] are always ready to grab a treat - hang on to your snacks!
Coming back down the trail, a view southward towards Glacier Gorge, with the Glacier Knobs in the mid-ground and Long's Peak, Keyboard of the Winds, Pagoda Mountain, and Chiefs Head Peak on the horizon. The east end of Bear Lake is visible in the foreground at right.
From left: McHenry's Peak, East Glacier Knob, and Otis Peak and Taylor Peak in the clouds, and Hallet Peak on the right. All but East Glacier Knob lie on the Continental Divide with elevations above 12,000 feet. My elevation here is around 9.500 feet.
A wider panoramic view includes Long's Peak [elevation 14,259 feet] visible between the two pine trees at left.
"Traoghadh Doineann" is Scottish Gaelic for "Subsiding Storm" [I think]. It's a vigorous orchestral piece with some sinuous strings and powerful horns.