Lake Elbert, Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO
Sometimes you can live in the shadow of a mountain so long that you forget about the clear sky beyond it. After a long day of packing, my companions began to relax and make camp near the lake but, with the sun getting low I figured it wasn't quite time for me to rest. Making my way up a nearby hill, I realized that the whole valley was in its shadow, leaving an imprint of its ridgeline on the opposite slope. I was even more glad when I got to the top of the hill, and got to witness a transcendentally stunning sunset which was entirely invisible to my friends down by the lake.
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