Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays 2010

The beauty of nature and the wonders of the Holidays can both blend together into fond memories, grateful hearts and cherished moments.  May you have lots of each!  


Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Top of the World in Colorado

The "top of the world" in Rocky Mountain National Park
is a wondrous sight.

Rocky Mountain National Park is about 2 hours from our house. Looking through my pictures from last summer, I found some from a visit that I'd meant to put in a post so many months ago!  So, even though the park is now covered in feet of snow, I thought you'd like to see RMNP in all it's summer glory. There are so many beautiful views, creatures, and plants. The largest and the smallest of creatures make this high mountain playground their home.

Even in at the end of June there's still snow and glaciers.

This high tundra is home to a few lucky species.

Elk seem to be too used to people here. 
They don't even acknowledge that we're watching them.

This one's still shedding last year's winter coat.

This beautiful alpine flower (sorry  I don't know its name) is such a cheery sight. 
 If you look closely, you'll see the tiny visitor to its nectar.

I love finding these special portraits in nature
and feel so fortunate to capture them with my lens. 

The end of a gorgeous day in the mountains.

If you ever get the chance to make the trip to this wonderful national park, try to go in mid to end of July.  Then you can take Old Fall River Road, which is a one way dirt road that traverses the mountains along some of the old Native American trails.  Winter in the park is breathtaking as well, although not all roads remain open.  RMNP is one of my favorite parks and I hope it will be one of yours as well.
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