For Purple Mountain Majesties | Rocky Mountain National Park

by Melissa on August 1, 2011

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

I’m not the most patriotic person out there, but I’m not saying that I’m not patriotic either. But America the Beautiful is literally the only thing that comes to mind when we drove Trail Ridge Road during our visit to Rocky Mountain National Park.

This first photo was taken at Forest Canyon, a definite must-stop location on the definite must-drive road (Trail Ridge Road) when you visit Rocky Mountain National Park.

Another must-stop location on the Trail Ridge Road is Rainbow Curve (which actually comes before Forest Canyon).  Here you get an incredible panoramic view of the park below. Click the photo for a larger view.

Our last stop on Trail Ridge Road was Rock Cut. After a tiring hike/walk up to the top, due to the elevation (12,110 ft above sea level), we had an elk herd sighting… which made the drive and the walk completely worth it.

This female elk just took her time and checked us out while we busily snapped away with our camera.

What beautiful, majestic creatures!

As happy as I would have been to have only seen a herd of elk, we also found these little guys hanging out around Sprague Lake. The chipmunks must be used to people being around because they literally came right up to our feet to say hello.

The next morning, we got up bright and early to catch sunrise over Sprague Lake. An easy 12 minute drive into the park, and 5 minute walk.

The sun peeking over the trees.

Even though I’m not a landscape or nature photographer, sometimes it’s nice to photograph something different from the norm. I wish I had an eye for landscape photography, but I guess that’s just something that I need to work on.

Where have you taken your prettiest landscape photo?
For me, it was at the Grand Canyon. Specifically, at Yaki Point.

On our way out of the park – I blame Paul, he needed to do some stuff for work – we found this big guy. So, we screeched the car to a halt on the side of the road, jumped out and grabbed a few quick shots.

The lighting wasn’t the best, but look at those antlers!

He was just chowing down on some plants, enjoying the morning sun. Didn’t even seem to mind that we were about 10 feet away from him.

I wish we had more time to spend at Rocky Mountain National Park. There is just so much to explore and photograph there!

What type(s) of photography do you enjoy?
If you’re here, I’m guessing that there’s a great possibility that the answer is food photography. But what else do you like taking photos of? I love photographing animals. They  hold a special place in my heart.

It’s early, but it’s off to bed for me! I have this workshop to get to tomorrow morning!

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1 Heidi @ Food Doodles August 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Gorgeous pictures! I enjoy all kinds of photography, but of course food the most. Although animals and nature are up there too :D

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