And you thought artist Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) made it all up.
Above is a webcam shot from Rocky Mountain National Park. But as soon as it filled my screen this afternoon, I thought immediately of Bierstadt’s paintings. This looks like his work. It is a wonderful example of the dramatic, glowing light he often depicted.
Below are two of Bierstadt’s paintings of the park. Whyte’s Lake has since been renamed Bierstadt Lake.