“Friendship Adventure”

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I just finished a wonderful week with friends who traveled from Connecticut and Oklahoma to experience my beloved Rocky Mountains.  We had quite the adventure hiking and being in the mountains together.  However, the highlight was probably getting up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the tundra area of Rocky Mountain National Park – over 12,0000 feet high – for sunrise.  We trekked up the path to the Rock Cut area and were humbled by the altitude and the blessings of our environment.  Yet, we were at peace together for the beginning of a new day.  We held hands and prayed for the earth, our families and our country and were amazed by the beauty around us.  Yes, sometimes friendship can be a life adventure together and I wish this experience for all.  Be with your friends, enjoy your friends and most of all –  love your friends and the people in your world.

(I have not used the self-timer on my camera in years.  However, it certainly was a handy tool for this sunrise experience.)

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“Alpine Tundra Ecosystem”

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I think the tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park is both a beautiful and sacred landscape.  Early morning light highlights the rocks and texture of the environment.  Access is achieved by driving up the Trail Ridge Road which is the highest road in any national park.  This is truly a land of extremes. Strong, frequent winds and cold temperatures help limit what plants can grow here.  However, during July, there is a garden of flowers about 1-3″ tall that grow in the tundra.  Many plants are dwarfed – yet, there are a few with blossoms.  Below is a close-up of the Alpine Sunflower that I was able to photograph with my macro lens.  On this particular morning, there was very little wind and I was able to use a long exposure to capture depth-of-field.

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“Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei Rocks”

Below are additional photographs from my trip to Monument Valley.  This is a world of weather-carved rocks, wind-driven sand and massive buttes.  It is a land of shapes, colors and textures.  The ripples of sand provide an earthly rhythm as if to remind us that change is a living constant.
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“Timeless Landscape”

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“Beauty before me,

                    With it I wander.

Beauty behind me,

                     With it I wander.

Beauty below me.

                       With it I wander.

Beauty above me.

                       With it I wander.

Beauty all around me.

                       With it I wander.

In old age traveling, 

                      With it I wander.

On the beautiful trail I am,

                      With it I wander.”

~From First Song of Dawn Boy

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