Between my visits to photo specialty stores, events around the country, and the Tamron Tailgate Tour, I am fortunate to have seen and photographed a lot of beautiful and fascinating places around the country. However, one of my absolute favorite places happens to be in my own “backyard” – Rocky Mountain National Park just above Estes Park, Colorado.
So with a few days off the road, I headed up to the park with the amazing new Tamron 16-300, the powerful 150-600, and the hope to find a few wildflowers and/or elk along the way. With just these two lenses, I can cover just about any situation. Since we planned on doing a little walking during our day trip, I wanted to keep my backpack as light as possible by carrying as few lenses as possible and yet be prepared for anything I might want to photograph.
Of course, when my wife and I headed west from our home in Fort Collins, I forgot that it was a state holiday weekend (Happy 138th Birthday Colorado!) in addition to being the height of the summer tourist season. Despite the crowds, we managed to find a few great spots, some inspirational flowers, a few distant elk and some really interesting people.
Often when we head out on trips, my wife serves as “spotter.” She watches the scenery and looks for potentially interesting places to stop while I watch the road. Fortunately for me, she has a good eye and has found more than one interesting spot that inspired me to some great images.
Once we were into the park, our first stop was at about 10,100 feet at a pullout overlooking Hidden Valley just before the very popular Rainbow Curve overlook on Trail Ridge Road. Deanna had spotted some interesting flowers she thought I might like. There was a bit of haze in the air but since I wasn’t really looking for landscapes, I was able to concentrate on things a little closer to the ground. There were several different clusters of wildflowers which provided some great color.
After about an hour of shooting and a few minutes to review our images, we decided to rejoin the stream of cars, campers, and tour busses to head up toward the summit. But more about that in part two of our trip: Sunday Drive – The Elk.
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