Photographer's Note

River Rushing Down a Dark Green Mountain

North Fork of the St. Vrain River
Wild Basin Area
Rocky Mountain National Park

The Wild Basin area is one of the best kept secrets of Rocky Mountain National Park .. the entrance by road is separated from the rest of the park down old Highway 7.

After entering the area one travels down a long single lane dirt road that ends in a large parking area (in summer or on weekends arrive early .. I have had up to a mile added to my walk when the lots are full ... so I guess it is not so secret)

... the trail at the end of the parking lot travels along this wild rushing river through a thick and dark forest .. passing by Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Ouzel Falls .. three of the stunning water features of Rocky Mountain National Park ..

If you were checking through my gallery last July you might remember the story of this day .. I was solo hiking this area .. the trail was busy so I felt pretty comfortable .. I was coming back down from Calypso Cascades .. slowly .. stopping along the river for shots like this .. Shortly after this shot I waited out a rain and ate my lunch (just a third of a mile from the trail head) .. the rain had emptied the trail .. as I was walking through the last thick stand of forest I rounded a corner and on the trail ahead of me was a very large bear (seemed very large to me at that moment anyway) .. I looked at him .. he looked at me .. I took a step back (stupid probably) .. and he raced off into the woods ..

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Additional Photos by John McLaird (jmcl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
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