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.

9 comments:

  1. Hi, Kathy;
    Beautiful pics! I would love to do some snowshoeing around that area.

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  2. We are lucky to live so close to this beautiful area.

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  3. Hi Kate,

    You're welcome to come visit anytime! It is beautiful, as is your area of the country.

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  4. Hi Rosey,

    You live even closer than I do! You probably have more snow right now too. None here at the moment.

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  5. That area is always awesome for me in photos, and of course we have been hearing about it from our friends who've been there. You are, yes, really lucky for living near it.

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  6. Kathy, what a beautiful area you showed us! I love Colorado!

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  7. You are lucky to live near this paradise! Gorgeous. I want to come and snowshoe with Kate!

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  8. Andrea & Tatyana, I'm so glad to be able to show you beautiful pictures.

    Diana, thanks for the plant id. I'll have to look it up for sure and post an update.

    Carol, you're most welcome here also! Maybe there should be a garden bloggers meet-up here in the Rocky Mountains, I would love that.

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