Elk Invasion

It’s that time of year again when the elk invasion of Estes Park, Colorado takes place. These massive creatures, a part of the deer family, never really leave the small mountain town and gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, but during the mating season (aka: The Rut) they show up in droves. Elks tend to…

Timberline Falls Cascade

The 8.1 mile round trip hike to Timberline Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park is a strenuous one, but as you can see, well worth the effort. This is a view looking away from the 100′ high waterfalls and across the landscape as the Icy Brook Creek cascades  200′  towards The Lock (the lake in…

Fuzzy World

I am fascinated by the minute details in our complex world. That something as simple as a small green leaf can be found to have this kind of complexity blows my mind. If we zoomed in even further we would find even more detail to look at. Our planet, and indeed the universe itself, is…

A Meeker View

At 13,911′ high, Mount Meeker is only surpassed by Longs Peak within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. This massive mountain stands like a sentinel watching over the southeastern side of the park. In fact, if you approach the park on Highway 7 coming from Lyons, this peak dominates the sky line for most…

Colorado Big

There is big and then there is Colorado Big! The elk in this photo is a big bull elk, but he is made to look small in the massive, mountainous landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park’s high country. I found him grazing in this high alpine field near the pass on Trail Ridge Road late last season. The…

Sandbeach Lake

This is the rather large and deep Sandbeach Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is one of the largest bodies of water found in the park’s boundary. As its name suggest it does indeed have a sandy shore, at least along the north shore. The trail leads you right on to the sand and…

Frozen Ripple

Winter in Colorado means skiing and snowshoeing in beautiful winter-wonderland type environments, like Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It always amazes me how water is able to be frozen in unique ways. In this photo, the wind shapes the water of Dream Lake into rigid, rippled pieces of frozen terrain, allowing my wife and…

Elk Bugle

This massive bull elk sends out a deep bugle call to its harem in the midst of the rut (mating season). I watched this bull rather comically pick a fight with the pine tree behind him, thrashing the limbs with his deadly antlers. Elks are the largest animal in the deer family. They regrow their antlers…

A Frozen Dream

I took this image while standing literally on the frozen Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I love this area regardless of the season, but there is something magical about winter. Snow skiing and snowshoeing are two of my favorite past times. I love to speed down ski slopes and I long for how…