Longs Peak in Winter.
This is a view about halfway between my previous posts. The scene is looking up from the Tahosa valley on old highway 7 near Estes Park, Colorado.
The Mountains from left to right:
Mt. Meeker elevation 13,911 feet ... 4240 meters
Longs Peak elevation 14,259 feet - 4345 meters.
Mt. Lady Washington elevation 13,281 feet - 4048 meters.
This area is associated as the home of the naturalist, author, adventurer, photographer, and innkeeper Enos Mills. It is largely due to his efforts that Rocky Mountain National Park was created.
In 1885, at the age of 15, Mills built a small cabin near this sight. Later he operated the Longs Peak Inn a short distance from the cabin. The Inn is now a Salvation Army conference center. Millsí cabin is now a museum.
On the other side of Longs Peak is Millsí namesake in the Park Mills Lake.
I thought I would end this note with a few of my favorite Mills quotes:
"...I wish I could transfer to you the poetry of the pathless woods...Many a strong day I have had with the mists on the mountains...I have lived on Alpine moorlands, with groves and tree-fringed grass-plots, with white cascades, with forests green and grand, in silence and in storm, with winter and with summer, and with the shadows of the pines."
from "Bird Memories of the Rockies"
"It may be, if we quit shooting animals on one side of a Park boundary-line, that in due time we shall become sufficiently civilized to stop killing people on the other side of a national boundary-line."
"No nation has ever fallen through having too many parks.† We may have too many soldiers, too many indoor functions, too many exclusive social sets, but the United States Government, or any other, will never fall for having too many national parks."
"These trees are not to fall.† They are to stand.† In parks, we have provided for trees a refuge with ourselves.† They are to live on, and with them we shall build stately mansions of the soul."
from "Your National Parks"
"Weird and strange are the feelings that flow as the winds sweep and sound through the trees.† The Storm King has a bugle at his lips, and a deep, elemental hymn is sung while the blast surges wild through the pines. Mother Nature is quietly singing, singing soft and low while the breezes pause and play in the pines. From the past one has been ever coming, with the future destined ever to go when, with centuries of worshipful silence, one waits for the winds in the pines.† Ever the good old world grows better both with songs and with silence in the pines."
from "Wild Life on the Rockies"
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parbo (11092) 2007-01-23 20:46
Wonderful landscape is stunning in your photo again. I like snowy ground and green forest a lot just before mountain ridges. Fantastic blue sky is adding excellent background. Congratulations.
jwmunro (286) 2007-01-23 21:48
Hello John -
A very nice view of Longs Peak. A well exposed and crafted image.
Thank you for sharing
pboehringer (770) 2007-01-23 22:53
Hi John, another fantastic winter landscape out of your lenses. It is almost perfect but IMHO I have the feeling that there is to much fg. The fence really doesn't help. It gives the impression that I'm being locked out of the scenery. I did a WS to give you a better impression of what I mean. Have a look and I hope you like it.
evanrizo (456) 2007-01-24 1:26
Good morning John from GR.
A photo with very good lightness and contrast. I like this frame.
MIG13 (0) 2007-01-24 8:12
Hi, John! Another of your nice shots showing a breathtaking view! Colours are vivid and contrasting, specially the blue and the dark green. Well done, my friend! Take care! Miguel.
blankar (807) 2007-01-24 13:50
I love the sharpness of your photos, specially when they are wintery images... It reminds me of crisp, freezing air. Here I also like the dark shadows and striking contrasts, it only adds to the feeling of true winter in a great place.
VeeJayCee (2410) 2007-01-24 15:44
A fine view of these wonderfully rugged mountains. Good colour and composition although you could maybe lose the fence line at the bottom. No points left I'm afraid.
gunbud (34066) 2007-01-24 17:08
Lovely rich blue sky and dark green forrest. It almost looks like the great mountain has a beard of wild evergreens. Very inspirational note full of wisdom, much like that of the Native Americans.
Angelillo (9372) 2007-01-24 17:33
In this one the mountains have a bigger presence than the snow, but I like too very much. The line of trees and the high mountains in the background are elements very beautiful and interesting. I like the definition on the far mountains, very well rendered. Amazing light, and great POV. Thanks,
stego (22558) 2007-01-24 18:54
Wonderful as ever, you continue to make us all envy of you for living so close to such beautiful landscapes.
Very nice clarity. Probably this was the best pov anyone could have chosen, but although I find it nice and efective, I can't avoid missing some of the "depth" that I am used to see in most of your posts.
TFS, Regards, Josť.
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2007-02-01 10:53
Again a nice photo with a few layers, snow on the bottom, some layers of vegetation, great mountains in the back and a well polarized sky. All accompanied with very fine contrast, sharpness and a big note :)
I agree with the WS though, nice enhancements, except for the last step if you ask me.