Abstract Musings

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Day 9 — Rocky Mountain National Park, May 2005

In May 2005, Rachelle and I took a vacation to Colorado. We spent the last few days of our vacation visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. After driving up Kawuneeche Valley on the western end of Trail Ridge Road, and then hiking and photographing Bear Lake and Horseshoe Park, I decided to get up and take some early morning photographs in the park.

Lily Lake

My first stop was Lily Lake. I was interested in photographing someplace new and as we hadn’t come here the day before, and the drive was short, Lily Lake fit my plan nicely.

Glide A mallard glides gracefully upon the lake.

Mallard Here’s a close-up of the mallard.

Lily Lake I wasn’t disappointed in the beautiful scenery at Lily Lake.

Longs Peak above Lily Lake I walked a bit around the lake to take some photos of Longs Peak.

Longs Peak Here’s a closer view of Longs Peak.

Longs Peak Summit And this is a closer view of the summit of Longs Peak.

Sprague Lake

Next, I drove back to Sprague Lake. This early in the morning, it was just myself, the elk and the mallards that were enjoying the scenery.

Still, Quiet, Peaceful The surface of Sprague Lake was like a mirror. This photo is similar to one I took the day before.

Glassy Surface of Sprague Lake This photo shows Sprague Lake with Hallett Peak, Flattop Mountain and Tyndall Glacier in the background, and their reflections in the lake as well.

Sprague Lake, Mirrored This photo is also similar to one I took on the previous day. In addition, I have a panoramic photograph of this scene.

Moraine Park

As I was leaving the park, I stopped in Moraine Park to take some photos.

Another View of Moraine Park Hallett Peak is on the very left end of this photograph.

A Dark Cloud Over Paradise These mountains rise out of the west end of Moraine Park.

Hallett Peak Hallett Peak sticks out just above the ridge.

Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain A close-up view of Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain.

Rocky Mountain Scenery The mountain scenery south of Moraine Park. Longs Peak is on the left and Hallett Peak is on the right. I also have a panoramic photo of this stunning view.

Another Shot of Longs Peak Longs Peak rises majestically above Moraine Park.

Lonely Tree One last photo of the breathtaking scenery in Rocky Mountain National Park.

After I returned to the hotel, Rachelle and I packed up our belongings, drove to the airport and returned home. Our vacation was over.