A former student of mine (from my first year of teaching) came to visit in early August. I had not seen her in 34 years. It was quite the reunion and re-connection. She wanted to go hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. However, I also asked if she would like to experience the adventure of sunrise in the Tundra. She said “yes” and had the experience of a lifetime. It was an extraordinary sunrise at Rock Cut. As she moved closer to the rock formations, I was able to capture her silhouette against the fiery sunrise colors. Yes, the experience became a special gift and visit that she will never forget. I wish this gift for all my former students.
A glorious morning in the Tundra for sunrise. Magical clouds were filtering through the mountains, reflecting the soft colors of pink and blue, and the mountains were willingly surrendering to their embrace. I was photographing serenity – if that is possible. I could not help but think of the “Serenity Prayer.”
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
Glory is the only word that I can use to describe these photographs taken in the Tundra at Rocky Mountain National Park – over 12,000 feet high. What a way to start your day! Yes, there I am – below – basking in the glory of nature’s magnificence and trying my best to capture each magical moment. Notice my winter attire in July-August as this is land of intense contrast.
Early morning is my favorite time to photograph. This time of day enabled me to capture the soft hues and tones in these photographs. Also, I used a polarizer and very slow shutter speed to achieve the softness of the water. Sometimes it is beneficial to wander off-trail to discover new and interesting elements for composition as with the below photograph.