Rocky Mountain National Park

We met in Boulder and headed 'up the hill', going through Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park.  We expected the upper roads in the park would be closed.  They were.  However, the lower roads were still accessible and we were just happy to have a road trip.

A horizontal take on the scene.

Diane and I had a nice conversation on the composition for the scene.  I shot horizontally but the saw her vertical take on the same scene.  Her shot was stronger and used the diagonal sun rays to highlight the single tree.  Seeing her image made me get out of the car, set up my tripod again and get one for myself!!  

Diane took this with her Fuji Finepix S400 in pano mode.  Dang, my D800 will not do that!

A horizontal take on the scene.

A vertical take.  I read recently that vertical shots were 'on their way out'.  Sorry I don't remember the reference, but am not sure I agree.

We hiked the perimeter of Sprague Lake (1/2 mile cold and windy).  Diane got the two best iconic shots.

Part of the path was still covered with snowy slush!  The view made up for it.

We spotted these Big Horn sheep along the road in front of a small motel as we headed up from Estes Park.  They were in no hurry to move along even though they were drawing quite a crowd of photographers.

On our way back to Boulder, Diane suggested we look for the Malo Center.  She described it as a unique building with a great background.  She was right.

I have posted a couple of images of the flowers planted along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder.  We were hungry so we stopped there for a late lunch.  The wind was pretty strong but Diane prevailed.  

After lunch we each headed home.  A special thanks to Diane for spending three consecutive Sundays with me.  She is fun to shoot with.