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Adams Falls,

East Inlet Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, Colorado.

The picturesque lake and village of Grand Lake serves as the Western Portal to the Rocky Mountain National Park .. The Western side of the Park is more remote and vast with fewer "big sites" than the East... but the remoteness is in many ways a feature in and of itself.

One of my favorite sites on the Western side is Adams falls. It is an easy destination .. only a third of a mile from the village of Grand Lake on the East Inlet trail (next to the boat ramp).

It is a beautiful fall that I can never figure out how quite to shoot .. it twists and turns down a narrow gorge in multiple stages. For the moment I have decided that this is my favorite view through a lens.

I should mention a bit about the reddish dead trees in the image .. the Colorado Rocky Mountains are under an epidemic scourge or Pine Beetle infestation. The beetles are laying waste to vast stretches of spruce and lodgepole pine throughout the state .. The area around Grand Lake has been hard hit .. there are mountains in this area totally covered with just red dead forest .. I have just recently noticed the beetles start to appear on the East side of the Continental Divide where I more frequently hike. The devastation caused by the beetles is very apparent on the map view .. look at all the red dead trees ..
This is a recent article on the issue:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4287134

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