Early June 2009 Images
Old Fall River Road
and
Trail Ridge Road at Sunset
OK, so this was just another few "Ho-hum day in Paradise!"
 
Old Fall River Road does not open for another week, July 3, 2009, so a hike up to Chasm Falls (only 1 1/4 miles... Mostly, up, OK it is all up) is a right of early summer. Along the way, if you look carefully is the hole-in-the-rock. At one time this rock was at the bottom of a glacier that had water flowing under it. The flowing water and a few rocks created a whirlpool that smoothed out this formation. Subsequent uplift tilted this rock on its side. Keep in mind that I'm 6'4" so this is one heck of a whole-in-the-rock.
 
Technically, Chasm Falls only falls about 25 feet, but by the time you hike to it and climb down to the bottom of the fall, it appears to be a whole lot taller. Enjoy this image and the 3 that follow. Probably, by the time you read this, Old Fall River Road will be open, and you can drive to the parking lot at the top of the falls and will only have to hike the short distance to the base of the falls.
 
 
 

 
Trail Ridge Road in the evening is totally different than daytime.
Longs Peak from Trail Ridge Road can be found by looking south and is distinguishable by it unique flat top. At 14,259 feet, it is the highest peak in Rocky and the 15th highest of Colorado's 51 peaks above 14,000 feet.
 
Some of the best sunset in Rocky can be viewed from Trail Ridge Road. One of my favorite places to view sunsets is Rocky Cut. It is the highest point along Trail Ridge Road at 12,110 feet.
 
This image is a composite image using a computer technique called High Dynamic Range (HDR) that combines images taken with different exposure and makes one image by using the "best" of each. Then a lot of work in Photoshop and you get this:
 
 

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