Cellpic Sunday – Echo Lake

Echo Lake

Mount Evans, Colorado.

In March 2022, I shared images of the highest paved road in North America, the road to the summit of Mount Evans. You can read about that scenic drive here. On that drive, I used my Nikon for most images, but knowing I always need images for the Cellpic Sunday challenge, I captured a few images from my cell phone.

That highway, (which is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day), climbs to 14,260 feet (4,346 m) in elevation and you will pass a couple of lakes on the way up. As you can see in the photo above, Echo Lake parallels the highway. It is close to the park’s entrance station, and you can stop there to fish or simply enjoy the lake on a warm summer day. On our way to the peak, we stopped at a pull-off and I captured this image of the lake from above.

About the photo: Captured on my Samsung S20U, the hazy day presented a challenge for the camera. Using the haze filter in Adobe Lightroom helped to make those ridges in the background a bit clearer, and Luminar Neo’s AI function helped to add some contrast and punch to the fore- and mid-grounds of the image.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment.

John Steiner


  1. John, I agree with one of your readers that the view looks dreamy thanks to the haze. Your processing is beautiful. I’ll have to look up the location. We used to live in Colorado Springs, not that I’ll ever get back, but it’s my Colorado anchor. I’m also enjoying Brian’s Echo Beach song. It’s new to me. I don’t see my link here, so I’ll include it now. http://alwayswrite.blog/2022/08/31/wqw-33-dirty-jobs-and-august-in-the-rear-view-mirror/

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