Category Archives: Rocky Mountain National Park

Alpine Tundra Ecosystem of Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

Welcome to the land above the tree line, the Alpine Tundra Ecosystem inside Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The area starts around 11,000 to 11,500 feet above sea level, and the quick change is pretty dramatic, especially along the Trail Ridge Road.

Alpine tundra conditions occur in mountains all around the Earth. It is marked by stunted growth in plants and lack of trees due to colder temperatures, high winds and diminished greenhouse effect at these higher altitudes.

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Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, HDR image 1/640 and 1/250 seconds, ISO 500, f/20, 200mm. Image date: September 21, 2016.

…Tom

The Least Chipmunk in Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

I snapped this picture along one of the main roads in Rocky Mountain National Park while waiting for the elk to come out of the woods. I realized there were different types of chipmunks in the park, and the way to distinguish this variety was to either count teeth, not happening, or to count toes, also not happening. This picture shows a third way to identify the Least chipmunk from other varieties, check out how the stripes go down the back all the way to the tail. With the Eastern chipmunk (found in my neck of the woods), these stripes will fade out when they approach the tail.

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Tech specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens, ISO 2000, 1/320, f/9. Photo taken in September 2016.

…Tom

The Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel

This brazen little fellow is the Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel that is found on virtually every hiking trail in Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado. They seem to setup camp at precise locations where hikers like to place their tired buttocks – nice flat rocks, the occasional large tree trunk, etc. One ran up my pant leg looking for food (on the outside of the pants, lol). If it wasn’t for the fact that these cute little guys can carry plague, I wouldn’t mind. Knowing that fact, I cringed and shook him off my pants pretty quickly.
 
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Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200 f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 1250, 1/2000, f/11, 200mm. Image Date: September 19, 2016.
Carpe noctem!
…Tom

Upper Copeland Falls – Rocky Mountain National Park

Here is a view of Upper Copeland Falls in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado taken last month (Sep 2016). If you visit RMNP, don’t forget about this southeast section, some nice trails and waterfalls! Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, tripod mounted, HDR photo with two exposures (2 and 1/4 second), f/32, ISO 100, neutral density filter.

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Enjoy!

…Tom

Ouzel Falls – Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

Here is a view of Ouzel Falls in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park along the Ouzel Creek in Colorado. Nice tall 40-foot waterfall that I would love to see with a higher water flow. Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, tripod mounted, HDR photo with three exposures (1/10, 1/3 and 1 second), f/18, ISO 100, neutral density filter.

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Enjoy!

…Tom

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