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Autumn Road #3

Road to the Fern Lake Trailhead - Rocky Mountain National Park.

Over yesterday and early this morning for some reason that I cannot ascertain a few folks went back 39 posts and critiqued Autumn Road #2 ... don't get me wrong that is fine .. So (call me whatever name you want) I went roving back through that set to see if another image got my interest and found this one. .. It does not hurt that if I had to choose one day and one place to shoot .. I think the end of September on this road might be it.

This road is one of my favorite places to be the first weekend of October every year ... It winds .7 of a mile from a small parking area through a thick grove of aspens to the even smaller parking area of the Fern Lake Trailhead ... The area is teeming with the resident herd of elk (wapiti) .. it is not uncommon to walk amongst them down this road. During this time the crisp air is filled with the sound of the elk bugling calls as the bulls gather herds together before the coming winter.

By first snowfall the road closes and you must walk down it to get to the Fern Lake trail .. the one downer this time of year is motorists .. who either think they will be lucky enough to get one of the dozen spots down at the trail (so they don't have to come back to the bigger lot at the head of the road) .. or people photo-motoring down the road .. I don't know why they would rather drive it than walk it .. no matter what time of year it is one of my favorite walks .. but a special place in autumn.

Related posts:

Autumn Road #2

Autumn Road #1

Wapiti Woods

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