Tuesday, May 13, 2014

RMNP: April 2014, Part II

Click here for Part I. 

Shooting a sunrise is great for a ton of reasons, not the least of which is that any other pictures you get that day are gravy.  After capturing a beautiful sunrise at Sprague Lake a few Saturdays ago, Taryn and I were in the mood for some gravy.  Fortunately, being in Rocky Mountain National Park meant that our cup was overflowing with it.

Bear Lake
The next stop was Bear Lake, which I was a little surprised to see was already melting.  The transition allowed for a nice scene of reflection, transparency and opacity thanks to the water, ice and snow.

Speaking of reflections, there's Hallett Peak.

Glacier Gorge
Taryn and I made a brief stop at the Glacier Gorge trailhead just to snap a quick shot from the first overlook.

Wild Turkey
The wild turkeys were fairly abundant along the road.  This particular tom minded having his picture taken less than most ...

Wild Turkey
... even pausing to scratch an itch before shepherding his hens into the trees.

Moraine Park
Moraine Park followed as the clouds built, presenting shade in the foreground with nicely illuminated peaks in the background.

Fern Lake Trail
Fern Lake Trail, though hiking wasn't really on the day's agenda.  We wandered a few hundred yards down just to stretch our legs.

Longs Peak
Longs Peak from the Upper Beaver Meadows trailhead.  I like how the two trees frame the mountain.

Longs Peak
But the trunk and branches from one tree can sometimes frame just as well.

Black-billed Magpie
Magpies aren't exactly rare.  And none of the birds in the jay family are exactly shy.  But I've still yet to get a great shot of one.  This is my best effort to date, and it leaves a lot to be desired.  It needs a little more depth of field and some nice catchlight on the eye to be truly solid.  So I suppose my quest continues.

Click here for Part III.

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