May 24th, 2013 by Mel
Phil and I took a drive up Trail Ridge Road to Rainbow Curve yesterday to see how high the snow was. Trail Ridge Road is not open yet for the season. We were surprised at how high the snow was right below the Hidden Valley bowls and before Rainbow Curve.
Can you believe how high the snow is now? I’ve never seen it this high at the end of May!
I can’t wait to drive up Trail Ridge Road when it opens. The snows must be amazing!
I’ll keep you updated as to when Trail Ridge Road opens for the season.
Tags: Estes Park, Estes Park Weather, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP Back Country, RMNP Skiing, RMNP Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Snow
May 23rd, 2013 by Mel
The views of the Rocky Mountains don’t get much better than from the handicapped accessible fishing pier at Lake Estes. It is easily accessible with a parking lot a short distance away and a paved trail to the pier and also all around the lake. The views don’t get much better!
In the summer the pier is mobbed with people eager to catch that elusive fish. Have you ever been to Lake Estes in the summer and seen all of the fisher-people?
Tags: Estes Park, Fly Fishing, Lake Estes, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP Back Country, Rocky Mountain National Park
May 22nd, 2013 by Mel
This little Robin flitted around by Lake Estes as if wanting me to take his photograph. I obliged and clicked away.
I love how you can see the white around his eyes and under his beak and his fluffy, orange and white breast.
Pretty little bird, don’t you think?
Tags: Estes Park, Estes Park Birding, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP & Estes Park Wildlife, RMNP Back Country, Rocky Mountain National Park
May 21st, 2013 by Mel
I thought this sunrise where you can see the moon as the sunrises over the valley was so pretty. The colors are so soft…
What do you think?
Tags: Estes Park, National Parks, Old Man Mountain, Outdoor Photography, RMNP Back Country, Rocky Mountain National Park
May 20th, 2013 by Mel
The Spring Beauty wildflower is one of the first of the wildflowers to bloom in the spring. It is so pretty and delicate. I saw many of these on Black Canyon Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park a couple of weeks ago.
They are just exquisite with their light pink coloring. Have you ever seen one?
Tags: Estes Park, RMNP Hiking, Rocky Mountain National Park
May 19th, 2013 by Mel
Phil and I headed out on Black Canyon Trail the other day to see what new wildflowers might be blooming along the trail. As we stopped to take some photographs and admire the beautiful views of the snowy mountains, I heard a Towhee singing away. They have a very distinctive song that my Dad taught me when I was a little girl. Their song sounds like someone singing “Drink your tea…”
I usually see the Towhees along the brush where they like to hunt for food but this Green-tailed Towhee was singing away high up in the tree.
He was just beautiful…in appearance and song. Isn’t he just magnificent?
Have you ever seen a Green-tailed Towhee?
Tags: Estes Park, Estes Park Birding, Lumpy Ridge, National Parks, Outdoor Photography, RMNP & Estes Park Wildlife, RMNP Back Country, RMNP Hiking, Rocky Mountain National Park