Sometimes the common and ordinary visuals around us can be extraordinary to behold. The featured photograph for this post is a pool of water in Glacier National Park. The rock-boulders below were found in Missoula, Montana. Choose to really look around your world and enjoy the shapes and textures of your home, your town – the earth, life and living.
Most people who know me are aware that my small town of Lyons, CO, was devastated by the flood of September, 2013. However, the flood affected so many parts of our state. The featured photograph above is a now-historic photograph of the “Alluvial Falls” in Rocky Mountain National Park pre-2013 flood. The post-flood falls have now been completely redesigned and Roaring River basin relocated. The trails to the falls have been destroyed and are now replaced by boulder fields as viewed below. I did a rock scramble through the boulder fields recently to see the newly-created falls. There is no clear path and the scramble is a challenge. Yet, I was able to photograph (above) the post-2013 flood Alluvial Falls and show the completely new landscape created by the flood.
“The day of the sun is like the day of a king.
It is a promenade in the morning,
a sitting on the throne at noon,
a pageant in the evening.”
Glacier Creek runs along the trails at Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park. This summer I hiked many of the trails and went off-trail several times to discover the real beauty of Glacier Creek as it is mostly hidden from view when on the trails. I really like the featured photograph with the contrast of soft water on the left and the sharpness of the water and rocks on the right. Further down the creek, I found light affecting the color of both the rocks and water – like a treasure chest of gold with the photograph above.
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.
Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating 100 years of inspiration and nature at its best. Anyone who knows me is aware that I was drawn to RMNP and Colorado by John Denver’s music – specifically ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH.
“…Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake
And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high…”
The land feels sacred as it conveys its life and flow through its images of peace and serenity. Isabella Bird described RMNP best with a quote from her book A LADY’S LIFE IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS – “Everything suggests a beyond.”
These photographs were taken in different locations of the Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah. If I had one word to describe both scenes, it would be PEACE. And, PEACE to me in these scenes says: there is beauty, there is softness, there is calmness, there is a magical flow, there is unity. This is my 2015 visualization for my personal life balance.
Winter is here. Look around you and appreciate the patterns and textures of the natural formations of nature created by the cold weather. These ice structures were found in Rocky Mountain National Park on the Roaring River. They are both solid and delicate at the same time and they reflect light and uniqueness – just like us.