There is a hot debate as to whether the multicolored trees of New England or the golden aspens of Colorado put on a better fall show. I don’t know. But Rocky Mountain National Park sure looks fine on a sunny October day.

Beaver Meadows
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
October, 2016

Abbey’s Country

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“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break….I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”

-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Canyonlands National Park
Moab, UT
December, 2015

Grand View

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You may take away a theme from my canyon posts as time goes on: the canyons are lovely in the daytime, but mythical at night. This is Grandview Point in the golden hour, or probably 4:00 PM since this was taken around the winter solstice. We returned with blankets around 10:00 PM that night to look at the Milky Way (Canyonlands are a dark sky park), and Grandview was just luminous. I believe there was a full or nearly-full moon this night, and I felt like I was having a spiritual experience with the canyon. The Anasazi were animistic, and I can understand why. The canyons under moonlight become this ethereal presence that’s hard to describe but very palpable. Canyonlands is a little-visited park, simply because (I believe) it doesn’t have the name-recognition of  nearby Arches, Bryce, and Zion. This means that you will often have hiking trails to yourself or only a few others, particularly during the off-season. Go visit! It’s the most mesmerizing of Utah’s parks.

Grandview Point
Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT
December, 2015

Sand Dunes

great sand dune 2015

sand dune 2015

The Great Sand Dunes National Park is four hours from Denver. This is great! It’s never busy. It’s also rough, because I only find one or two days a year where I have the time, will, and company needed to make the (gorgeous) drive down the Front Range and through the San Luis Valley to see the dunes.

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Alamosa, CO
October, 2015

Morraine Park

morraine park 2015I’m a nurse, so I have days off during the week when the rest of the world is working. On one of those early, lonely days just after moving to Colorado, I drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park to photograph one of my favorite areas of the park. It was winter, and freezing rain was drizzling down on the meadow as stronger storm clouds rolled over the mountains. I remember being struck by the majesty of the mountains in the clouds and amazed that this was my new home.

Morraine Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
November, 2015