Winter Photography in Rocky Mountain National Park requires a bit stronger spirit to wait out the amazing morning light after a storm with cold fingers and toes but the results on good days are so worth it!
Here is the Mummy Range, the peaks you first see when you enter Estes Park from Highway 36 from Boulder basked in soft pink clouds.
The Estes Park Winter Festival starts tomorrow. A few newspapers have typos for the link to register for the Photo Tours being held Jan 16th & 17th from 8am to 1pm each day.
It will be a fun event and a great way to learn about photography both in the field and by presentations from four Estes Park photographers.
Its been a quite cold and somewhat snowy week here in Estes so I’ve been busy preparing for various workshops and other projects. One of them was producing some videos for my friend Tom Deleo. The Food Network found Deleo’s Deli in 2001 when he was featured on “The Best Of: Picnics” and then in their book “The Best Of: The Best Of” as well as being selected as one of the top 5 delis in America, coming in at #2. If you have been to Estes Park and not visited Deleo’s Deli its a must stop for your next visit. Check out the videos and see why.
Video #1 Deleo’s Deli in Estes Park
Video #2 Tom Deleo’s Deli Diaries – some really funny stories
Yesterday right before the Beaver Meadows entrance a group of four coyotes lounged and trotted through the ponderosa pines in search of food. They drew a crowd of folks, but they really didn’t notice much until one fella drove far too fast right at them. They are definitely in their winter coats, and they were loving the high 30 degree afternoon.
As the sun finally sank below the Continential Divide the skies caught fire and I found myself literally running around the mountain side looking for a nice foreground. Its not perfect but it looked pretty good.
Took out a mother and daughter from Tennessee for a morning shot. Sunrise was pretty much a flop, but well after sunrise the clouds grew pink over Longs. We had watched a coyote cross the road and a few minutes later it literally walked right past the car as we were out shooting. Driving out of Moraine Park we saw another coyote, then all of a sudden I saw red! Red means a big animal died or was killed and there were 4 coyotes roaming close to the kill. We got about 25 yards away and watched as the coyotes did their job of recycling nature’s resources of the elk. I took close to 600 shots and walked away with some pretty cool shots. One makes them look really mean, however this shot shows their more true nature being generally a sweat, curious, but cunning survivor of the American west.