Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fall in the Rockies


 
Town and Travels
 
A trip to see Fall Colors and Elk
 
I know this is a cooking blog but I just wanted to share some photos here. :-) 
 
Every year, around the end of November, we make a short trek up into the mountains by our house. We live at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and about an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park. I think Fall is my favorite time of year to go visit. The weather is cool but the views are fantastic. The colors, while not as varied and dramatic as some  places, are still pretty. But it is the elk that sets RMNP apart. In the fall, the elk begin to gather. Strong bull elk are able to build large harems but keeping them requires work and at sun down, they can be heard gathering their herd together by bugling- a weird, haunting call that is hard to describe. They sometimes must fight with other males trying to steal their harem, Anyway, here are some photos I took last Sunday afternoon, when we took a quick drive up the hill. Some are in Rocky mountain National park and others are in the town of Estes nearby. Let me know if you have any trouble viewing these. And Happy Fall everyone!
 
 
 
 
 
 


The weather was in the 80's when we started up but at the top, we got snow!
 
 

This guy surprised us, we did not know he was around. I was safely hiding behind a tree and used a zoom lens. Elk can be dnagerous this time of year!
 




 


 


 
 
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9 comments:

  1. I would live in Colorado if I could. How lovely it is!
    (And I clicked the box for "Nutritious" to be funny!)

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  2. Thanks Kay!! I do love it here and love taking photos of the mountains. I REALLY appreciate your comment :)

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  3. What a stunning landscape my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  4. Absolutely amazing photography, Denise. The elk are so beautiful and it's just breathtaking to see them in the great out of doors like this. What a spectacular series of photos.

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    1. Thanks. It is easy to get good photos this time of year when the elk are so plentiful and the colors are beautiful! I am glad you like them!

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  5. Oh wow! Those elk are so majestic :) Every shot is like a postcard...now I totally miss fall!

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    1. Thanks. Majestic was the word I was thinking of when I saw them. :-) Fall is awesome but there are so many times in march when I wish I lived where you live! But yes this time of year makes me happy to be here!

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  6. Breathtaking scenes, so beautiful. What a privilege to witness and capture on camera. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are very welcome. I am so glad you like the pictures.

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