Rocky Mountain High

October 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm (Colorado, National Parks, Photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Longs Peak at dawn

Artists and photographers were instrumental in helping to establish this country’s national parks.  The Hudson River School of artists, who painted in a very romantic style of dramatic mountains and billowing clouds luminous with golden light, as well as black-and-white photographer Ansel Adams, helped “sell” the park to the public – and the politicians. Read the rest of this entry »

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Elk put on a show at Rocky Mountain National Park

October 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm (Colorado, National Parks, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

Bull elk guards harem in tundra country - above 12,000 feet elevation

Rocky Mountain National Park is famous for its craggy vistas, but this time of year, the elk steal the show from even the golden aspens.  Autumn is the season where testosterone rules.  Bulls who have amassed a harem are continually challenged by younger males who want a piece of the action. Females and their calves just go along with whomever manages to snag them, though they often try to sneak back to the herd if they were snatched from it by a cunning interloper. This age-old drama played out nicely today in the tawny fields of Moraine Park, with the story repeating itself over and over. Read the rest of this entry »

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