January brings cold but beautiful mornings at the lake. Sometimes it’s frozen over completely, other times part of it reopens for a while, depending on the direction of the wind and how cold the temperature has been overnight.
Snow continues to cover the front peaks of the Abajo Mountains as seen from Monticello: South Peak, Abajo Peak, Horsehead Peak.
The other morning the temperature was near the single digits Fahrenheit, but there was no wind. The center of the lake had refrozen with a skim of clear ice. It was overcast except for a slot near the southeast horizon over Colorado, letting the just-risen sun through to light up the Abajos with a rosy glow. The clear ice, without a coating of snow, served as a nice mirror for the reflection of the snow capped mountain peaks.
Photo location: San Juan County, southeast Utah.
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