Photographically, Rocky Mountain NP started slowly. I arrived amid snow squalls and cold temperatures.
The next few days were intermittently overcast – with potentially good periods interrupted by low clouds on the horizon or clouds blocking the peaks.
Today, however, was probably the best photographic day of the trip. The day started with sunrise from a position overlooking Beaver Meadows – a herd of elk feeding below, Longs Peak and the adjacent range clear in the background, clouds overhead – and punctuated by a long period of great light.
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon focused on the intimate landscape – cascades of Glacier Creek with a few icicles, aspen and Roaring River Falls along the entrance to the Old Fall River Road.
The day ended with sunset from West Horseshoe Meadow. I initially shot to the west from the edge of Fall River trying to capture the subtle color as the sun peaked through gaps in the clouds.
Once the color faded, I turned east and was able to capture a cloud and it’s reflection in the river as the sun set.