This is Erik Stensland’s newest published photograph, the Milky Way above Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Longs Peak is reflected in the lake. It was shot just four days ago, June 3, at 4 am, using a Nikon D800e, tripod, and 14-24mm 2.8 lens. See more of Stensland’s work on his website, Images of RMNP.
I’ve never seen the stars like this, or the lake this glassy. But then I’ve never been in the park at 4 am.
Bear Lake can be reached by car on a paved road and the drive alone is well worth the trip. However, unless you arrive very early in the day you will not be able to park and/or see the lake. Best advice is to park elsewhere and take a shuttle. I sure miss the old days when I could head up to Bear any time on the spur of the moment without worrying about parking. These days the trip requires a bit of forethought. Unless you go at 4 am, of course.