Jerry Pearson had tried to capture this image of Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colo., a few times but had to contend with wind strong enough to cause ripples in the water.
"This particular day was nice because the Aspen area had received it's first dusting of snow and there was no wind and the sun was shining with clear skies," Pearson told TODAY.com. He took the photo in October 2005.
"The most enjoyable thing I liked about Maroon Bells was the hiking," Pearson said. "It's a steep hike up to an area where you can stand directly at the base of the three 14,000-foot mountains. There is also another lake at the base of the mountains which is beautiful."
You can learn more about hiking to Maroon Lake here.
Pearson said that photography has been a hobby of his since he joined the Navy about 38 years ago. He has since retired from the military, but continues to take pictures when he travels.
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