What do you see?

Maybe these images will only appeal to those like me that love wandering through vast and wild places. If so, I apologize in advance!

I dropped a thousand feet off the Continental Divide the other day and shuffled precariously along this shifting shale slope on a serpentine trail cut by our trusty Expedition guides.

Though I'd seen (and posted!) pictures of this place taken by others - whatever breath I had left from the sketchy descent was abruptly taken away when I first spotted this little lake with my own eyes.

Yes, the sheer vastness and rugged beauty of this place is almost incomprehensible. The colors are so very vivid - it's a spectacle for sure.

The pictures simply do not do justice - but they're all I've got.

Now a certain friend of mine that loves such places would say, "Mike, you look at nature and see the hand of God. I look at nature and see Chance."

Then he'd add, "You know what your problem is? You just don't understand the law of large numbers."


We both seek such places - and love them - but for vastly different reasons. And I respect his righ
t to hold on to that law of large numbers, I really do.

Of course, my worldview suggests:
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." - Romans 1:20
But I fully recognize the fact that there are about as many worldviews as there are people on the planet.

So I wonder, according to your view of the world - what do you see when you look at nature's awesome beauty?


Sheryl said...

Wow, that is beautiful, looks almost fake, so pretty, how is the water so blue? I've always appreciated how you explain the wonders of creation by an awsome Creator! Glad you are back and enjoyed it so much!

Mike Aleckson said...

I'm not kidding - the colors that day were exactly as they appear in the photos. I've had several people look at the pictures in this post and ask me what makes the water so blue.

The deal is - these lakes are full of glacial water - water that melts out of year-round ice near the top of these mountains that has ground-up minerals in it.

So the turquoise color is a result of the suspended minerals in the water.

Whatever it is - it's gorgeous and our Expedition backpackers will get to see this kind of thing up close and in person.

Thanks Sheryl!

Sheryl said...

Do you mean God didn't tell you to move back to St. Charles with your family? He was suppose to do that! Maybe you weren't listening close enough. But it is definetly beautiful.

Mike Aleckson said...