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Lake: Horsetooth Reservoir

The magnificent crystalline ice caverns of Horsetooth Reservoir

Post By: eholm      Posted: 2/9/2024 4:46:19 PM     Points: 17793    
Well, I came down with one of those darn viruses, so while Iím *not* fishing today Iíll share a little experience I had a couple weeks ago.

A rare low-wind opportunity compelled me to haul the kayak down the rocky shoreline and along the ice to reach open the water.

I did catch a cutbow, and lost a couple others right at the boat. However, this dayís value wasnít all about the fishing.

It was one of the most pleasant afternoons Iíve spent on Horsetooth in any season. Such was its placidity, I literally felt guilty at times for making ripples. Then I noticed the ripples themselves were a piece of art.

I enjoyed the sunset from the water, finally landing shortly after dusk. As I slid the kayak along the shoreline to my exit point, my headlamp shone upon the icy perimeter. This light penetrated the thin layer of ice, at times illuminating the green-tinted water and smooth rocks beneath.

Suddenly, beneath a rocky overhang, two bubbles in the ice lit up like golden orbs. The structure of those spherical air pockets caught the headlampís light in a unique way, reflecting the colors of the water and rock from beneath.

In a moment, I found myself on hands and knees, trying to capture the scene with just my phone and headlamp. For the next 45 minutes, I was transported into a magical world of ice crystals and miniature caverns hewn in colorful rock.

In reality I crawled along perhaps 20 yards of shoreline. Yet with music in my earbuds, the world around me disappeared and my focus narrowed down to a sole beam of light from a headlamp which was now in my hand.

The scale of the scene in my gaze was irrelevant, with inches-long icicles becoming ceiling-high in both my mind and my phone camera lens. It bordered upon what Iíd call a mystical experience, in the same way snorkeling a beautiful reef might elevate oneís soul and temporarily transport them to another world. It was easily the highlight of the day.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: Feb. 9, 4:48:00 PM     Points: 17793
This green scene was one of my favoritesÖ
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: Feb. 9, 4:51:33 PM     Points: 17793
Cavern of the radioactive gummy bearsÖ
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: Feb. 9, 4:54:09 PM     Points: 17793
A few daggers, and a daytime shot for perspectiveÖ
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: Feb. 9, 7:03:45 PM     Points: 2507
Very cool pictures. Love taking time to appreciate this ga like that when fishing.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: Feb. 9, 7:16:03 PM     Points: 61
Love the pics bud but youíve been reading too much Gierach ha!
 Reply by: HeavyC      Posted: Feb. 9, 8:12:30 PM     Points: 5911

HC Out!
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: Feb. 9, 8:40:07 PM     Points: 17793
Thanks guys! Trailerman - I take that as a high compliment!
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: Feb. 10, 8:03:49 AM     Points: 3482
I love macro photography! Those are great pictures eholm.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: Feb. 10, 8:45:46 AM     Points: 2374
We don't often think of what we are missing with our limited vision, and patience. We only "see" or "hear' a very small part of the electromagnetic spectrum. We need expensive microscopes to see very small objects. We need powerful telescopes to see objects beyond our solar system. Thanks for reminding me of what we miss as mere anglers, and humans. Sometimes a little curiosity and patience can be rewarding. Especially when the fish are not biting.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Feb. 10, 4:20:43 PM     Points: 9228
Wonderful pictures, you have an artist eye for sure. Those would make great pictures for any wall in your house.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: Feb. 10, 10:12:14 PM     Points: 17793
Thanks gents! Well said nparker!
 Reply by: Gurnman      Posted: Feb. 12, 9:10:02 AM     Points: 603
Eholm - you had me wondering for a moment why i had never heard of these ice caverns. Well written story, and photos that are top notch! Fun stuff, thank you.

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