Upper Ouzel Creek Campsite

Rocky Mountain National Park’s Upper Ouzel Creek campsite is remote, rugged and beautiful. It is the closest backcountry site to Bluebird Lake & Ouzel Peak.

Rocky Terrain

“Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind.” – Lynda Lehmann Texture in nature is somehow one of the easiest things to overlook. While hiking, most people are constantly looking ahead, anticipating the next vast landscape that makes them feel…

Purple Mountain Majesty

In 1893 Katherine L. Bates, a little-known English professor, left Boston to travel across the United States by train to teach a summer class at Colorado College. Like so many who have visited Colorado Springs during this era and after, she decided to take a trip up to the top of Pikes Peak. While at…

Gone Nuts!

Just in case you are wondering, yes, this image is being displayed right-side up. I’m not sure what compelled this little squirrel to hang upside down from the twig to pull off the pine cone. It looked to be a daring heist. It would have seemed more logical to go after the one on top of the…

Standing at Attention

Have you ever run across a rabid badger while on a 14-mile slog through the wilderness? No? Me neither… not yet anyways. This little yellow-bellied creature is in fact a Yellow-bellied Marmot. (See what I did there?) I was photographing the landscape surrounding Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park when my wife started aggressively “Pssst’ing”…

Timberline Falls

High in Rocky Mountain National Park lies the beautiful alpine Lake of Glass. Just before you arrive at the lake you have to scramble your way up the edge of Timberline Falls. So named because of the 100′ waterfall that sits near the mountain’s tree line. After the Icy Brook Creek leaves the Lake of Glass it…

Marmot Swagger

I love marmots. These cute balls of fur seem to have very little fear of humans, which makes them relatively easy to photograph with the right lens. This particular marmot took it to an entirely new level. Not only did he not fear me, he approached me with a swagger that left me concerned for the…

Moraine Park

This is Moraine Park located inside Rocky Mountain National Park. According to allrockymountain.com, this area was carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago. I have seen herds of Elk lining this field during mating season. There is a large campground just to the north of this open area, but get your reservations early in…

Frozen Flow

It is amazing how water can seemingly freeze in mid-motion. This is a look at Rocky Mountain National Park’s Dream Lake in the midst of winter’s grasp.

Mt. Crumpit

Anyone whose childhood Christmas included watching the reclusive Grinch steal Christmas from the Whos down in Whoville and race to the top of a mountain know what I am referencing with my title—Mount Crumpit. That curly white cloud is very reminiscent of the top of Mount Crumpit from the pivotal change of heart scene in the classic childhood tale. In reality,…