As we prepare for a return visit to Estes Park and the glorious Rocky Mountains this fall, I was inspired to look back at photos from our stay there in 2014. Looking forward to another Rocky Mountain High!
My muse? That’s easy. Nature – in all her glory, of course!
A close second? I love anything rustic as well.
We saw these little critters everywhere we hiked in Colorado’s glorious Rocky Mountains. The literature and guide maps all caution against feeding the wildlife in the park but apparently there have been far too many people who just never got the memo.
These ground squirrels – I believe that’s what they are – are not shy about approaching anyone and everyone for a handout. Fearless, and apparently hooked on the goodies doled out to them by the hordes of well-meaning (but misguided) tourists that visit the park each year, they scamper underfoot, up rocks and branches, into backpacks left on the ground and will easily take food proffered them with not an iota of hesitation. Cute though they were, I resisted the impulse to feed them since I’d read that it really isn’t in their best interests and besides, I’m sometimes a real stickler about playing by the rules especially when it comes to respecting the beauty and grandeur of nature and her inhabitants.
Still though, you have to admit. This little fella is pretty adorable.
Lovely Nymph Lake, in Rocky Mountain National Park, where lily pads lie serenely afloat on top of the shimmery surface on a beautiful fall day last September.
The Rocky Mountains. Now this is Serenity.
Who: Meandering Elk
What: Sunday Stills, the Next Challenge: Me So Horny
Where: Rocky Mountain National Park
Why: Why not?
How: Canon Powershot SX50 HS
A shot of the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park for Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge 2014 #25.