Mirror Lake is in Yosemite National Park and I’m sure that in most years, it is spectacularly beautiful. Not that it wasn’t beautiful when I hiked to it! Just that California has had three consecutive years of severe drought and this year has been especially bad and, as a result, there was very little “lake” to Mirror Lake. Still a wonderful hike! And a nice respite from the very crowded parts of the park.
I did see three bear cubs and a momma bear on this hike. I passed them twice (once on the way up and once on the way down) and on the second time they looked like something out of a painting.
They moved like ghosts in the dim twilight, silent in the empty understorey of the giant sequoias. Against the backdrop of the golden conifer needles that carpet the forest floor, their outlines seemed hazy and indistinct. I got the impression that they would be so soft to the touch (not that I would ever touch a momma bear or her cubs!).
I wish I could have captured a photograph, but the combination of the dying light and their distance made it impossible. I hope you can get an image of how beautiful they were in your mind, though!