Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rocky Mountian National Park -- II

If you've never been to Rocky Mountain National Park you have been deprived. :) It is a beautiful park with lots of trails and lots of beautiful scenery. One of the first hikes we took was up to Alberta Falls. If I recall correctly it was about 1.5 miles up to the falls.  It was almost impossible and dangerous to get a shot of the falls head-on so I just took what I could get (first 2 photos) without taking chances.


After the falls we headed up another trail that went to three lakes...Nymh Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake. I think it was around 1.8 miles up to it but it was a beautiful hike.  On the way up we saw some elk and as you can see from the picture below one of them was posing for us.  When we came back down the trail a big buck was standing 5 or 6 feet from the trail and there was really no way to go around him.  Of course people were standing there with cameras in his face taking pictures. He would get real alert once in a while and look at them and then go back to eating.  We waited until he had his head down eating and zoomed by....wild animals are unpredictable so I do NOT take chances with them.




Of course while we were close we walked out to Bear Lake.  I'm sure Betsy and George have a similar picture to the picture below.

7 comments:

Tricia said...

What a handsome fella he is... gorgeous! Beautiful surroundings, oh so beautiful!!! =)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh WOW! This is a spectacular place.Thanks for sharing all the beauty.

Ginny said...

That is a wild looking falls! I also love the reflection pictures! The elk, I suppose they are harmless? they are very formidable!

Carletta said...

I'm deprived! I'm REALLY deprived!
:)
Lovely shots and what a super elk shot!

George said...

I've been there, but I'll feel deprived if I don't get back. Your pictures are wonderful -- I really like your picture of the elk.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

More great photos of the Rockies.. Wish I were there RIGHT now. The weather was fabulous when we were there...

Great picture of the elk... Wow!!!!!
Betsy

Rose said...

That is sure beautiful country out there!