We stay in Colorado for the rest of the journey. Here’s image number 7 and it comes from Rocky Mountain National Park. I was conducting a photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park this past September and it so happens that week we had our 500 year rain and flooding which made for a rain filled photography tour. We were actually lucky to get out of the park the last day since the three main roads on the eastern side of the park were washed out. We ended up going over Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake. The funny thing about the Western side of the park just over the Continental Divide was the weather was quite pleasant and gave me a chance to do some exploring on the side of the park I visit the least.
I think this year I’m going to spend some more time on the west side because there is some amazing scenery in the Kawuneeche Valley and Never Summer Mountains are also an awesome site! This image is Adams Falls and can be reached along the East Inlet Trail that feeds into Grand Lake. There is some beautiful open meadows along this trail. Water was plentiful making for a full waterfall with vibrant green foliage!
Very close to Denver is a state park called Roxborough. The western edges of Denver along the foothills brings some amazing formation of red rocks. One of the most famous formations is the amphitheater named Red Rocks. Just south of the amphitheater is Roxborough State Park which is just behind a hogback. You would never know it was there from driving along the roads, but you get back behind the hogback and there are some amazing jaw dropping scenery! I captured it one morning just after sunrise with blue tones mixed with storm clouds that really offset the reddish-orange rocks making for an amazing scene! Roxborough Park is image #8 in my 12 Best Landscapes 2013.