Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

During my visit to Colorado in June my aunt Glynis and I took a drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a magnificent park, spanning a huge mountainous area with very little roads or development. The road we did take (Trail Ridge Road) climbs to 12,000 ft and is the highest continuous paved road in the USA. While we only made it up to 11,000, the altitude was definitely noticeable. Standing up too fast after changing lenses took a few moments of recovery.

I saw my first wild elk and, at the very top, a yellow-bellied marmot. Another first was being truly IN a thunder-storm, with lightning striking the valley far below us. Needless to say, we high-tailed it off the mountain.

The shots here were taken with the D300s and Tokina 11-16/2.8, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8 G. Many are HDR.

Gateway to Estes Park.

Gateway to Estes Park.

View near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

View near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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A pair of elk.

A pair of elk.

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (Shining, anyone?)

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (Shining, anyone?)

Even in June, the snowbanks are at least 10 ft. high.

Even in June, the snowbanks are at least 10 ft. high.

View South towards Estes Park.

View South towards Estes Park.

Tundra above the snowline.

Tundra above the snowline.
Yello-bellied marmot.

Yello-bellied marmot.

Panorama of Long's Peak.

Panorama of Long’s Peak.

A sudden and violent storm from high on Trail Ridge Road.

A sudden and violent storm from high on Trail Ridge Road.

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