“Alpine Tundra Ecosystem”


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.



  1. My heart skips a beat whenever I see how you portray these magnificent mountains.

    • Actually, my heart skips a beat too with the beauty of the earth’s magnificence.

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