|Rocky Mountain National Park-The First Destination Of Our Western Trip|
The morning of August 27 found my wife and I traveling with our daughter Amy and husband Justin, to BWI-Marshall airport as we embarked on a nine day western trip. The morning was marked by anxiety rather than anticipation of the trip, as hurricane Irene was due to arrive later that morning. After checking our baggage and passing through TSA security we proceeded to the boarding area to find that the airport was closing at 12:00 noon. We were scheduled to leave at 11:45 and it was none too soon. There had been no wind all morning and little to no rain, but as we waited for take-off, angry clouds arrived, the wind began to stir, and a light rain started falling. We had to wait a few minutes for transfer passengers from another flight, but soon they arrived and the flight began. In no time the plane flew into sunny, beautiful weather and we landed in Denver, Colorado to bright sunshine and temperatures in the 80s.
Our first destination was Estes Park, which we used as our base for one evening and three full days of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. One of the primary attractions of the park is the stunning scenery and it seemed there were beautiful vistas almost anywhere one pointed the camera.
|Horseshoe Park From Fall River Road|
Needless to say, we returned that evening to photograph the rutting activity. By this time we had learned that the weather is very unstable at this elevation, and one can expect a rain squall to suddenly materialize, but when we arrived at timberline this evening there were only a few fluffy white clouds in the sky and elk were everywhere, with a bachelor group of several young bulls lying so close to the road that the 70-200mm f2.8 and the 28-135mm were the best choices for photographing them. I went into action with the 70-200mm on the 7D and the 28-135mm on the T3i. While I mostly used the T3i for video, I took the two photos below with it as the it was already on the tripod and the 28-135mm gave the composition that I wanted, without the hassle of changing lenses.
|Seven Bulls In High Mountain West-28-135mm lens at 117mm|
|Bulls Resting In The Stunning High Mountain West|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill