We spent the day with family camping up at Moraine Campground inside Rocky Mountain Nation Park last weekend, and I couldn’t help but to sneak away and hit this spot for a quick sunset view of Longs Peak. I love the framing options at this locale as well. This shot in the fall is really spectacular too.
Another composition from the same locale. Different/warmer lighting too (I think a cloud shifted away from blocking the sun over this spot).
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While out viewing and filming the Elk rut this year at the Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park, Steve and I came across this beautifully framed shot of Longs Peak.
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On a last minute whim, I decided to drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) on Sunday to see what the Aspens were like on Fall River Road. The drive in to RMNP was a little slow due to the Aspen Gold Festival happening in the town of Estes Park just outside RMNP, so traffic played a roll both going in and later coming out of the park.
I arrived at the gate about 10am and was thankful to only be third in line waiting to get in to the park (which was nothing compared to when I drove out around 2:30pm where I saw a lineup of cars stretching for a half mile back from the entrance, all waiting to get in!).
For what everyone has been claiming would be an early fall, I was quite surprised to see a lot of green aspen groves along the drive in to Fall River Road. And I began to worry… Luckily, about half way up the hillside I starting seeing small groves of Aspens that had turned to gold. Ah, I love this time of the year! There’s something about the Aspen gold, cool crisp days and that Colorado Blue sky…..
So I decided to play with waterfalls if I could find any, and started photographing at the Fall River, which parallels the road for a good portion of the drive up the canyon, and which at this time of the year is more like a creek rather than a river. Nothing fantastic, but fun nevertheless… 2-stop ND filter AND a circular polarizer filter helped to smooth out the “rushing” water.
And then further up the canyon, I came across a nice little grove of Aspens and was able to grab these two compositions in between the dust clouds from the almost constant stream of passing cars.
Here’s a better view of the spires near the summit of Mt. Chapin. I had posted an iPhone photo to my Facebook stream using the Motion-X GPS iPhone application to track my route, but it pales in comparison to these shots!
And here you can see the train of cars that was always present on this drive…. Grrrr.
This train was pretty close to the summit area too. You can see the Trail Ridge Store & Cafe on the ridgeline below. I was parched from all the dust!
And finally, here are a couple of views from various turnouts along the top of Trail Ridge Road, beyond the Trail Ridge Store & Cafe you see above…
As you can see, not the greatest light to be out photographing, nothing dramatic about midday sun, but crystal clear Colorado Blue skies aren’t too bad either. And Aspens love to be photographed with backlight at almost any time of the day.
Hope you enjoyed this little trip up the Fall River Road. Where did you go out to shoot the Aspens this year?
Posted in Landscapes and tagged Aspen, autumn, Fall River Road, gold, RMNP, Rocky Mountain National Park, silky, water by greggl with 1 comment.